With nearly 250 handmade barn quilt blocks scattered around the county, the Gibson County Barn Quilt Trail provides the perfect backdrop for exploring the many attractions in the area. With your trail map in hand, your self-guided tour may take you to the Azalea Path Arboretum & Botanical Gardens where you can wander along the lush, landscaped trails that wind through over 50 acres of native Indiana trees, plants and water features, or simply sit and soak in the tranquil natural beauty from the veranda overlooking the fountain. Lunch is available at one of several locally-owned restaurants in town. After lunch, “get under the hood” with a free tour through Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana’s production facility to see how the Toyota Highlander and Sequoia SUV’s, and Sienna minivans are produced. After your tour, find that special souvenir at one of the county’s unique shops which include antiques, toys, dolls, collectibles and women’s clothing plus one of the largest Brighton shops in the state! Finish your day with an evening meal at Indiana’s oldest restaurant, The Log Inn. Built as a trading post and stagecoach stop in 1825, the restaurant is noted for its family style dinners and rustic atmosphere. After dinner, unwind at one of Gibson County’s comfortable overnight accommodations.
Continue your journey along the Gibson County Barn Quilt Trail with a visit to the Lyles Station Historic School & Museum where you’ll experience the struggles and triumphs of one of Indiana’s last remaining African American communities. This site will be featured in an exhibit in the new Museum of African American History & Culture opening in Washington, D.C. in late 2016. Wildlife lovers won’t want to miss the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge in Oakland City where hiking and fishing opportunities abound. Back in downtown Princeton, where a renaissance of sorts is underway as storefronts and streetscapes are being renovated and new restaurants are popping up, dinner and a show can be the perfect end to your day. Live theatre returns to the newly reconstructed Princeton Theatre and Community Center. Re-opened in June 2015 with many of its art deco details restored, the theatre is home to the Broadway Players theatre company which offers a full season of live productions throughout the year.
Round out your stay with a tour of the historic Gibson County Courthouse and the restored Princeton Train Depot before heading out to search for more unique barn quilt blocks.