This weekend, Clay County residents will notice a welcome change in Billie Creek Village's admissions building other than the fresh coat of white paint. The entrance fee will be waived in lieu of a donation of their choice.
"The people of Clay County have supported this village in a number of ways. Clay County families come for day trips, and their school children come twice a year for our educational programs. We'd like to show our thanks by welcoming them during general admission hours during the weekend of Aug. 2 without asking them to purchase a ticket," Laura Baltz, Director of Programs and Development said. She then went on to add, "Our hope is that the people of this community will spend some of their valuable summer days with us, re-living the lives of their ancestors and enjoying this piece of Indiana history."
Another change this year is the conversion of the former Billie Creek Fudgery into an ice cream shop. Ice cream tables and chairs are on loan from a former soda shop located on the Rockville Square.
With its focus on turn-of-the-century, touchable history, Billie Creek Village preserves the past while educating and entertaining more than 200,000 visitors annually. Located 27 miles northwest of Greencastle, this quaint village boasts 38 historic buildings such as a one-room schoolhouse, two churches, and a blacksmith shop. Also present in the village are three covered bridges and numerous working craftsmen including two potters, a broom maker, and various woodworkers.
Another generous donation includes the renovation of the General Store's exterior. A new layout, new product line, and new management return this historic building to a shopper's dream. Billie Creek staff has also been hard at work renovating the outdoor appearance of the village, which includes a one room schoolhouse and a farmhouse complete with animals.
Billie Creek Village hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.. Weekend admission for unlucky residents of other counties is $3.50 and $5 during special events. Village members and children under 4 are admitted free of charge.