Wing of inn at popular Indiana park reopens after renovation

A portion of an inn at southern Indiana’s popular Brown County State Park has reopened following a complete renovation of its rooms that included outfitting them with large smart-screen televisions.

The 54-room east wing of Abe Martin Lodge recently reopened to visitors following the $4.5 million project by the Indiana Department of Administration and Indiana State Parks.

Park officials say those rooms can now be reserved by guests, including people looking for a base for hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor activities in the 16,000-acre park, which features rugged hills, ridges and fog-shrouded ravines.

The park is also near Nashville, a rustic tourist town with shopping and dining options.

Rooms in the inn’s east wing were completely revamped with new flooring, bathrooms, plumbing, lighting and furnishings. The inn’s east wing opened in 1987.

Abe Martin Lodge originally opened in 1932 and was named after Abe Martin, the fictional backwoods Brown County cartoon character created by humorist Kin Hubbard in the early 1900s.

Renovation work was funded as part of an appropriation of more than $29 million in deferred maintenance dollars from the General Assembly.

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