Do you believe Greene County can become a tourist destination?

Friday, June 26, 2009

"The swimming, fishing and sporting areas should bring money into the county. There is plenty here for visitors. It is just a matter of getting the word out. And I just have to say that Linton sure knows how to put on a (Fourth of July) parade."

-- Ed Baxter

"The Goose Pond is trying to draw people. There are many birds in the area that aren't usually here. Redbird is also a good place for ATVs, and of course Shakamak, which is in two counties, is close by and is a good place for swimming, fishing, biking, hiking and camping."

-- Connie Liechty

"I have only lived here four months, but I would say Greene County has historical landmarks and gives you a sense of country living. (When I moved here) I was enthused to see the covered bridge in Bloomfield, and the Goose Pond is a relaxing place to look at. Linton would also be a good place to raise a child."

-- Dale Haskett

"Yes, I think it is feasible (for Greene County) to become a tourist attracting area, but it will take some work. We have artistic talent all around us, but we need to have a destination where visitors can come and find items made by these artists in a few, easily located spots. The Carnegie Heritage and Art Center is beginning to fill that niche. We have been a recreation spot for fishermen, and we are becoming a bird-watching area. All these things need to be publicized more. We also need to become a destination, not a place to visit and then leave. There needs to be more reason to stay here such as more lodging and a revitalized downtown. This would encourage people to stay a while rather than stop for a quick visit on the way to another destination."

-- Shelley Williams

"Yes, it is a possibility for Greene County to become a tourist attraction. With fishing, hunting and boating, we have a lot to offer if it is promoted. This is a great community."

-- Debby Kuhn

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  • Little towns like Linton, Etc, will never be nothing but a ghost town as long as there is Walmarts.

    -- Posted by Carson_drew on Fri, Jul 3, 2009, at 11:47 AM
  • If you are going to have people visit, you must get places for them to stay.I come in for a vist and a family reunion maybe twice a year and I mostly stay in Vincennes but even there the choice isn't good

    -- Posted by elganj on Fri, Jul 3, 2009, at 9:32 PM
  • I agree with the Hotel comment. Greene County needs a franchise type located in the Linton/Bloomfield by this I truely mean NOT a Super 8. A great one such as Holiday Inn Express, Fairfield something mid range yet good value is needed. I drive to Terre Haute or Vincennes when a hotel stay is required. I would much rather stay in Linton for sure. Robinson Illinois has a good one also. Again many miles to drive.

    -- Posted by gary g on Mon, Jul 6, 2009, at 9:33 PM
  • Gary G, While I agree totally that Greene County needs at least one good're not going to see anything other than a Super 8 or Holiday Inn Express even think about coming to this area.

    -- Posted by Hoosierxheart71 on Tue, Jul 7, 2009, at 7:48 PM
  • I think Greene County has great potential for tourism if people would pull together and work on it. I have long said that I think Linton is designed in a way that it could be a great place for ole-time type shops like Little Nashville. With Goose Pond, lots of places to fish and Redbird the county could thrive. There would be something for every member of any family to come and enjoy.

    Greene County would have everything that Little Nashville has only a lot more. The county has so much potential....!

    -- Posted by gsdvs on Wed, Jul 8, 2009, at 3:06 PM
  • I love Linton! It would be wonderful to see Linton upgraded to a clean, well kept little town where out of towners would want to visit and spend their money. What I saw when I came back to visit seems to be a lack of pride in the community. There are so many buildings, houses, garages, ect just waiting to fall down. They are not only an eyesore but a hazard! The parking lots and sidewalks are crumbling and need to be fixed and painted. Does Linton have an annual "Linton Pride Day" where the community can come together and start to beautify this wonderful little town? If not, they should have! Please get together and get something going to build a beautiful little town back to what it should be!

    -- Posted by Susan B. Charlotte, NC on Thu, Jul 9, 2009, at 3:01 PM
  • Charlotte B - I agree that the best thing for Linton would be to tear down the many eyesores around town. I have heard that the town gets a tax benefit somehow by leaving them standing. Whatever the monetary benefit for the town, I think tearing them down would have to be much more beneficial in the long-run.

    -- Posted by Lovin Linton on Fri, Jul 10, 2009, at 9:24 PM
  • Connie Liechty-FYI--Shakamak Park is in three counties

    -- Posted by Hayden Lake Dale on Sun, Jul 12, 2009, at 10:23 AM
  • I would hate to see Greene County look like a little Nashville! Yes it would bring lots of money into our towns but many of us like our small towns the way they are..SMALL! We don't need a bunch of hotels and nick nack shops and crazy out of towners driving around clogging up the roads!

    -- Posted by frog976 on Tue, Jul 14, 2009, at 10:32 AM
  • Don't be in such a hurry to change things. Linton is a classic little town that I grew up in and has had too many bad changes. I left in 69,and get back whenever I can andI get sad when the old landmarks are torn down. The Red and Blue, 1st christian church, and Max Purdles are forever in my memory

    -- Posted by nursesteve on Tue, Jul 21, 2009, at 10:47 PM
  • Tourism may bring more money into the city and some businesses but we need to bring money to people who need jobs.

    -- Posted by Dtown on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 6:08 PM
  • If Greene County wants to become a tourist attraction, they need to fix the roads around the Greene Sullivan camping areas so that people will be able to transport campers to them. County Line Road and 50S are in terrible shape and I'm sure that once people pull nice campers down them they wouldn't want to the second time.

    -- Posted by Rosie28 on Thu, Jul 30, 2009, at 8:54 PM
  • No, I don't think Greene County will become a tourist destination. From what I've seen a lot of people are very antagonistic towards anyone who doesn't look/act/think just like them. There is, then, a trade off. Most people are going to toe the line but that kind of thing is a turnoff to many tourist (aside from your outdoorsmen, who probably aren't interested in the people anyway).

    Greene County has no sense of culture and because of that it will be unattractive to people looking to spend money. Those niches are filled by Bloomington and Nashville where one can get a sense of small town while still not feeling like they have stepped into "Deliverance".

    -- Posted by sarah m on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 6:01 AM
  • Sounds like sarah m needs to go back where she came from....,I for one am proud of this community and MOST of it's standards. I have worked in larger cities and there is no comparison to the friendliness of the people. You might thinks that we are old fashioned and out of style but if you look around we most certainly have various differnt cultures around, so it can't be that bad to live here. Maybe YOU need to change your way of thinking!?

    -- Posted by MYNANA on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 2:06 AM
  • OK for all of you who have picked Linton to be Greeene County, there's more to Greene County than Linton Indiana. We have a Forest a State park and now a Goosepond Wildlife preserve. so all Greene County needs are Hotels for the tourists to stay in. If we had Hotels than maybe we could be a tourist attraction. Especially with the white river going Straight through our county! what a beautiful site.

    If you closed your eye's and someone told you that they would take you to a place where you could tour the back woods, old cabins, farm land, antiques shopping available, take you by an elk farm; Then the next day tour a forest and go fishin possibly horse back riding then tour the Goosepond wildlife preserve where you would be guided in parties of 10 describing the grassland and ammentities of the preserve,, than the next day you could take a tour of the covered bridge, and a mile long viduct, stopping at ma & pa type restaurants to eat where down home cookin would be served. you could even organize it where they could see one of the best Highschool football teams in Indiana play! all the tours were planned and ready and waiting just for you don't you think that would sound good? it would to me, and alot more people out there who have never experienced the things we take for granted every day. well someone needs to organize the tours! I guess we need to hire someone to head it up huh?

    -- Posted by elynn66 on Fri, Aug 7, 2009, at 8:15 AM
  • Being told to "go back where I came from" perfectly illustrates my point. Thank you.

    -- Posted by sarah m on Sat, Aug 8, 2009, at 9:03 AM
  • MEATMOMMA, I have just as much right to stay here, rather than "where I came from", as you do. Your comment does illustrate my point, however.

    You might find the locals to be very friendly. I have seen differently. I have seen people treated very poorly because their religious beliefs aren't Christian and their political viewpoints aren't ultraconservative. I've seen a few people be harassed to the point that the police have had to intercede, all because they live differently.

    Those experiences lead me to believe that Greene county is not a terribly friendly place to outsiders (again, your comment included) and that attitude will harm its attempts at becoming a tourist hotspot.

    -- Posted by sarah m on Sat, Aug 8, 2009, at 9:43 AM
  • It is my concern that there are some that can get by with arson and others can`t

    -- Posted by guitarman_4950 on Sat, Aug 8, 2009, at 11:20 PM
  • I'm with sara m ,I've been to greene county most of my life and it's true,If your an outsider you do get treated very poorly,I love the wild life in greene county and have been told to leave just because I was from a different county.

    -- Posted by casio on Sun, Aug 9, 2009, at 4:31 PM
  • Well I'm not with sarah m nor casio. The question Is could it become a tourist attraction and by all rights yes! it could! we'r not asking these people to stay and live, tourists' visit then they go home. I think anyone, for the right amount of money that they would be receiving can welcome people with a smile! you'd probably see a total different side to people.

    -- Posted by lillymae on Tue, Aug 11, 2009, at 9:15 AM
  • Sarah M. you may think you are making a point, but actually you are being quite hypocritical. How are you any different than the people you are judging, by basing your opinion of the rest of us on a few bad experiences you've had? Telling us we have no sense of culture is just flat out rude. Let me point out that, you my dear have no class.

    The people of this county come together to help one another in times of need, and that is the Christian way. I'm not saying you have to agree with me, because I'm perfectly fine with you having an opinion of your own. Nobody said Greene County is perfect, but it must be drawing your interest somehow or you wouldn't be spending your time on this website and news forum.

    I've seen many "outsider's" first reaction to the Viaduct, Covered Bridge, and Goose Pond and their reaction is always the same - amazement at how beautiful and unique Greene County really is.

    MEATMOMMA does make a valid point though..if you don't like Greene County, then don't let the door hit ya! :)

    -- Posted by ladybug66 on Wed, Aug 12, 2009, at 9:09 AM
  • Ladybug66 I have to disagree with you. I lived in Greene County for 9 years. I found some of the folks in Greene County not too friendly with outsiders. Take for instance the Nehemiah House of Indiana. This was a substance abuse program & shelter that was started to help those less fortunate get their lives back on track to being productive citizens. Greene County, specifically Linton, didn't want NHI there; I know because I was part of the group trying to establish NHI. They fought the program and those trying to establish on the front page of this very paper. Sorry but that wasn't a very Christian act that was done. Things may have changed to a slight degree, but I am sure if the group that started NHI came back and tried it again, it would be met with the same resistance.

    -- Posted by thegodcatcher on Thu, Aug 13, 2009, at 1:58 PM
  • thegodcatcher- I'm not familiar with NHI, but it sounds like a good idea. I will point out that Bloomfield does have the Hamilton Center. It is there to provide children, adolescents and adults, with specialized programs for pregnant women, infants, and people with drug and alcohol problems. So, at least there is somewhere for individuals to go and get help.

    My only point is that Greene County does have many good people, who are willing to help at a moments notice and would really like to see the it grow and prosper. I'm quite sure there are some bad apples, but tell me a place where there aren't? Just because people disagreed with your idea to bring something into the town doesn't make them unfriendly.

    -- Posted by ladybug66 on Thu, Aug 13, 2009, at 3:25 PM
  • What's wrong Sarahm, did I strike a nerve? Also, I did not say anything in any of my statements about "OUTSIDERS". Maybe YOU are the one that needs to change your way of thinking and if you are friendly you will get it in return. As my grandmother used to say "If one person will smile at another it soon becomes contagious". This small town can't be as bad as you make us out to be with all these retiree's moving here from larger cities because they like the pleasant small town atmosphere. And I certainly don't believe for one minute that people have been harassed because of their religious beliefs or because the way they live is different and finally because of their political viewpoints. We, as a community, always come together to aid a family in need of help because they have had devastating accident that has happened to their child. I have seen first hand the out pouring of LOVE that this community will give from the heart. The Legion riders for example, raised a substantial amount of money and love and caring for those two little boys that were burnt so badly. And when another boy was injured on the 4 wheeler accident, the fiance of the mother of the first little boy that passed, went to Indy and never left the little boy's fathers side for one minute! Now YOU tell me that we don't have culture and care about people in this community!! I am very offended by your statements, but in this country we do have free speech and you are entitled to your opinion (which I feel is wrong). As I said once before, I don't know where you were living before you came here but if this is such a terrible community WHY are you staying? Go somewhere else and be HAPPY, I'm sure we will survive once you are gone!

    -- Posted by MYNANA on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 3:47 AM
  • I have lived in Greene County for the last two years, moving here with the misconceptions about the area ringing in my ears. Greene County is a beautiful area with friendly down to earth people who for the most part would give you the shirt off of their back to help you. I agree, if you don't like it, leave.

    -- Posted by GreeneCtyRN on Sun, Aug 16, 2009, at 2:58 PM
  • I lived in Greene County for years and I know for a fact that alot of people there live in clicks. You can do nothing without everyone knowing your business. Very judgemental! And nobody forgets any past mistakes you make and never let you live them down. You know that people do change, alot of people I know from Greene county and there are alot of them are all the same. And as for making things better for the future of the children forget it! When Wal Mart wanted to build in Bloomfield it was NO so they went to Linton, which in the long run lost Bloomfield alot of money and jobs. Shame on those who stopped that. I know I am not perfect and far from it, I just hope that those who read this will see the errors in their ways and open up something for the kids in the community and keep it open this time to help keep them out of trouble and drugs. And get more involved in their lives and dreams.

    There are alot of good people in Greene County also and I know alot of them also, I just wish everyone would get together for the good of the younger peoples futures and make the changes that need made for their benefit..

    -- Posted by justme65 on Mon, Aug 17, 2009, at 11:54 AM
  • Personally, I think there are several things that we can do as a community to attract folks to our communities and spend their money. This would also attract hotels etc... and other infrastructure that this community needs to thrive, not just survive. One of the most important things on my mind in Linton would be the construction of a baseball/softball facility where tournaments can be ran and our kids can have a place to play. Right now, only one baseball diamond exists in Linton for the league. Dugger, Farmersburg, Bloomfield, well, just about every single community around has more than that. The city of Columbus has several diamond complexes around town currently, and they are looking to build more... want to know why? They did an economic impact study last year and found that youth sports brought their community millions of dollars in "tourist" dollars. Want to do something in the community, do something for our kids in the community and manage it correctly and the entire community will prosper.

    -- Posted by baseball4us on Tue, Aug 18, 2009, at 12:02 PM
  • Shakamak State Park is in 3 counties: Greene, Clay, and Sullivan.

    -- Posted by Laker89 on Wed, Aug 19, 2009, at 12:45 PM
  • So the question remains, "Do you believe Greene County can become a tourist destination?" Come on residence of our fair county!!! Go to Greene County, Indiana google search and look at the tourist links. Check out the links and pictures. It is so lame. What looks attractive here? There is no water in the pond of the goosepond pictures. How much time can anyone spend looking at the picturesque scenery here? Will visitors spend time sitting and chatting with the "friendly" residents and ignore the scorned gazes of the not so friendly residents? Will they truly feel welcomed enough and intrigued enough to return again, spend bags of money here, and tell their coworkers, family and friends to go to Greene County on their mini-vacations, weekend getaways or week-long camping ventures? Wake up Greene County! We don't have anything here to be proud of. We are not even ordinary. The pictures make us look like the hicks most of you are. As soon as my promotion comes through. . . . I'm outta here.

    -- Posted by honeybunch4 on Wed, Aug 19, 2009, at 11:17 PM
  • YES,

    I live near Indianapolis but travel to greene county often to hunt and fish at Hillenbrand and the GS state forest.

    Over they years we have spent a lot of money in the Greene county area at hotels, restaraunts, etc. It is one of my favorite places in IN to visit

    -- Posted by JustinM on Thu, Aug 20, 2009, at 9:27 AM
  • I think Greene County could be good a good tourist attraction if we offered more for young people. If you're not a fisherman, bird watcher or elderly there is nothing exciting here to do.

    -- Posted by shmily86 on Thu, Aug 20, 2009, at 11:11 AM
  • Greene County has a long, tough road ahead if it wants to be a tourist destination. There are plenty of small towns across the country where the people are much friendler, the shopping is much better and the hunting and fishing are just as good.

    First impressions are important. The last time I was in Linton, it was not a good impression. Most things of historical or unique beauty have been let go. It's a shame...plenty of other places have done well, but Greene County has a long way to go.

    -- Posted by horrorwriter on Fri, Aug 21, 2009, at 8:02 PM
  • Honeybunch4: As they say "DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YA".............


    -- Posted by MYNANA on Sat, Aug 22, 2009, at 9:14 AM
  • WOW honeybunch4 you shouldn't run your mouth like that for all you know these crazy hicks just might have something to "say" about that. You know you shouldn't go insulting the natives. I'm glad you hate it here! We don't want/need your type hanging around. I may be a hick but I think I have a way deeper understanding of beauty than you ever will. Go brown nose for that promotion and get the HE## OUT OF OUR COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!!

    -- Posted by peaceloveandprayers on Tue, Aug 25, 2009, at 9:10 AM
  • Get out of "our" county?

    Wow, Born2BeFree. What an oxymoron.

    -- Posted by sarah m on Tue, Aug 25, 2009, at 9:19 AM
  • Yes thats right "Sarah m" OUR County. Do you have love and pride for Greene County? NO! you don't! Do you know the people hear? No! but you sure don't mind judging them! Have you suffered any issues that have hit our community's? No! but I sure have along with some other fine people who would give the shirt off there backs to help a stranger. So you can take your oxymoron and stick it where your brain is right up your A@#!!!!!!

    -- Posted by peaceloveandprayers on Tue, Aug 25, 2009, at 8:09 PM
  • Guess what, sweetie. I own land here. I pay taxes here. Hate to tell you, but it's my county too. :)

    -- Posted by sarah m on Tue, Aug 25, 2009, at 8:39 PM
  • Number one don't ever call me sweetie. Number two...I own land here also the difference is people here like me. I believe if people are rude to you they have a darn good reason for it. Maybe you should try pretending your a decent person(it might be hard but try anyways) that way people won't want to chase you out of town with pitch forks and flaming torches.

    -- Posted by peaceloveandprayers on Tue, Aug 25, 2009, at 9:24 PM
  • My goodness,ya'll sure are some rough customers!! Perhaps you should settle these disagreements the old-fashioned way--get out the boxing gloves and sell tickets!! That should definitly bring in some out-of-towners and $$$.

    -- Posted by LEO63 on Wed, Aug 26, 2009, at 1:57 PM
  • LOL. There you are, anyone considering spending tourist dollars in Greene County. If you don't toe the party line you see how people behave. They're ready to curse at you and tell you to leave.

    Save your dollars for homey-type towns like Nashville, Merom, or Mansfield where people understand that those newcomer and visitor dollars fuel their economy and behave accordingly.

    Leave "their" county to them. After all, the message is loud and clear--you aren't wanted.

    -- Posted by sarah m on Wed, Aug 26, 2009, at 6:17 PM
  • Sarah m. nobody asked/forced you to live here. The fact is when you live somewhere your whole life it is YOUR home and people take pride in that.I don't like people that ridicule and judge us. Guess what SARAH it is like that anywhere you go. People don't like snooty, stuck up, arrogant people. Honestly if that is what it is going to take to bring tourists to Greene County we can do with out it. You can't put a price tag on good neighbors. I wonder if you can put a price tag on getting rid of the bad ones?

    If you don't like it here well leave or slap a stinking smile on your face pretend to be nice and have a go at the day!!!!

    -- Posted by peaceloveandprayers on Wed, Aug 26, 2009, at 8:12 PM
  • The comment: "where one can get a sense of small town while still not feeling like they have stepped into "Deliverance".

    This somehow struck a nerve in that I was born and raised in Greene County. I knew most of the cast of characters from the film in people I have met along the way, although I was never made to "squeal like a pig".

    The ironic part was that they were trying to flood the town of Antry as with the Goosepond.

    It seems to me Deliverance was about a bunch of "City Slickers" that thought they were somehow "above" the local folks until they nearly killed themselves trying to be something they weren't. Sure they met a couple of surly characters that had a couple "needs", one of which was dental work, but if I remember correctly, the locals took them in, patched up their injuries and they later met some genuinely concerned people providing friendship and the best food they had to offer.

    Linton is genuine, not trying to be something it is not and not apologizing for it, treating people as they are treated.

    If you think Nashville is a sense of a small town with it's houses emptied of families and any character and filled with T-Shirt racks and overpriced trinkets, then no one can explain the difference to you. Some people are just unhappy no matter where they are.

    "You'll Like Antry"

    -- Posted by Ex-Pat on Mon, Aug 31, 2009, at 1:37 PM
  • Ex Pat very well said....I hope you like that.. sarahm good luck in greene county if you are living here.. hopefully your just visiting (for your sake and for ours) people like you in greene county welll you know what paul harvey said... oh its all in fun ain't it... I love greene county!

    -- Posted by elynn66 on Mon, Aug 31, 2009, at 8:18 PM
  • of course we can be a toursist attraction!!! with all the beauty that we have it is a wonderful tourist attraction.

    -- Posted by lillymae on Mon, Aug 31, 2009, at 8:46 PM
  • Sarah M. I agree with you. Greene County has a long, long way to go to become a tourist destination. It is a very backwards place and not very friendly-especially if you leave for years and come back to live.

    I no longer live in Greene County and am thankful that I did grow up there when there were things to do-in the 60's and 70's. It is not the same-but what is?

    -- Posted by greenecounty21 on Tue, Sep 1, 2009, at 6:05 PM
  • I was not raised here and can say, Greene County isn't the friendliest place to live. A lot of people aren't accepting of outsiders. However, my children are from here and it appears they are accepted.

    I think before it can be a tourist place, people that have the same attitude as proud2bfree need to take there own advice towards "outsiders". A hateful attitude is why people feel the way they do! Kentucky is the only place I know who is made fun of more than Greene County. There's a reason for it. It's not a malicious comment but an honest one.

    -- Posted by Curious 68 on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 8:05 AM
  • Lets be real here, Linton will probably never be a very large tourist area. If you have ever been to the boat, sport and travel show in Indy, you know that the chamber does an excellent job promoting Linton but there is only so much they can do. The July 4th parade/carnival has brought in a lot of people short term and the music festival is a great addition. With all the things going on I don't think Linton is looked at by many as a tourist destination.

    -- Posted by DUKEY on Thu, Sep 3, 2009, at 5:58 AM
  • Curious68

    I am sure you think I am just awful for defending the place where I have grown up myself and raised my children. Well truth be told SO WHAT! I don't feel bad for not wanting a bunch of stuck up judgmental people telling me how bad Greene County is. I love this place. My kids love this place. I don't care if you LOVE this place.

    -- Posted by peaceloveandprayers on Sat, Sep 5, 2009, at 2:54 PM
  • When you look at Greene County as a whole: Bloomfield, Jasonville, Midland, Linton, Lyons, Newberry, Solsberry, Switz City, and Worthington, the area doesn't look any differently to me than areas I have seen while traveling in other parts of Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Virginia and Pennsylvania. I suppose most of you don't travel outside the county borders much. The only difference is how people respond to strangers. The majority of you are rude. I have been treated well because I am a beautiful woman and carry some clout in my position. But I have seen how you treat others, and it is not very Christ-like. Read these points and you will see exactly what I mean.

    One more point: There are 52 registered sex offenders within a 20-mile radius of Jasonville. Tourists with any sense coming to a new territory to camp, ride bikes, hike, etc. should check this out. My curiosity was peaked and hadn't checked it out since moving here but did after reading the comment about Deliverance! Oh yes, this really would entice families to come here to vacation! NOT.

    -- Posted by honeybunch4 on Sat, Sep 5, 2009, at 11:42 PM
  • WhoCares-ItsHome

    I couldn't have said it better myself.

    -- Posted by peaceloveandprayers on Tue, Sep 8, 2009, at 2:36 PM
  • Proud2Bfree- I don't think it's awful for you to defend where you and your children were/are raised. What I think is awful is the way some people are treated. It's isn't a friendly place when you aren't from here. Love and defend Greene County all you want. As far as being judgmental, do you read your posts? I think if you did, maybe you would have a better idea where I'm coming from.

    -- Posted by Curious 68 on Wed, Sep 9, 2009, at 6:46 AM
  • The question of "Do you believe Greene County can become a tourist destination?" could easily be answered by, What as members of the community are we willing to do to help Greene county become a better tourist destination. Instead of complaining about it can't we work together to come up with a resolution to help our community?

    "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."

    --Henry Ford--

    -- Posted by shmily86 on Wed, Sep 9, 2009, at 2:43 PM
  • Curious 68

    When people stick there nose in the air and dump all over the place I have lived my entire life than yes my words are not nice and pretty. I am not going to apologize for having pride in my home town(Bloomfield)nor will I apologize for defending it. There are plenty of polite considerate hardworking people in this town. Just because you have a few sour faced people it does not make the whole town bad. So you tell me how your not judgmental? Did you meet every person in town and decide by (your) standards what they are or are not. You go ahead and judge me and whom ever else you like but it doesn't mean a thing. Just one person pointing a finger with four more pointing back at her/him.

    -- Posted by peaceloveandprayers on Wed, Sep 9, 2009, at 6:17 PM
  • You are certainly free to defend your birthplace. Your birthplace, however, is my home as well and I certainly have the right to give my opinion on the issues I see with this particular area.

    It seems obvious that we see this one tiny town very differently. I'll wager the difference lies in the fact that you are a local and, given your username and remarks, one who shares a lot of views with the other townspeople. I am not a lifelong local, my appearance is markedly different, and I'm certainly not lying when I say that I (and some friends who look similar to myself) have been harassed because of that fact.

    Apparently that's okay with you as it is somehow my fault (in your opinion). I'm a big girl and certainly can take care of myself so that's neither here nor there. Certainly I wouldn't hesitate, however, to share my experiences with anyone who mentions Bloomfield and it never fails that people aren't surprised. I wouldn't suggest that anyone spend tourist dollars here (not that there's anywhere to spend money at in Bloomfield) based solely upon attitudes like those I've seen in real life as well as on this very poll.

    -- Posted by sarah m on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 12:05 PM
    Response by Nick Schneider:
    You need to get out and drive around the county. There are plenty of tourist destinations that are already being utilized by visitors from outside of Greene County. What the county needs to do is market itself better. The locations are here...just take the time and look around rather than suggesting that anyone would spend their tourist dollars here. The attitude problem is another issue for debate on another day, but I would suggest that Greene County isn't the only place where attitudes concerning non-locals is a problem. It's very sad and hopefully by caling those things more into public light.
  • sarah m

    Appearance means nothing to me. I care about a persons attitude. Maybe people treat you and your friends differently because you have a crummy outlook/attitude. Did it occur to you that people

    treat you the way they do because you present yourself as an unfriendly person? Something to think about sarah m. !

    -- Posted by peaceloveandprayers on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 5:59 PM
  • Respectfully, Nick, I don't think the issue will be dealt with at all. After all, as you can see, it is not the fault of the locals. :rolleyes:

    Bloomfield/Greene Co isn't the only place where this is an issue, to be sure, but this is the area we're discussing. It's not like we've got Disney World or something (a draw that will attract people regardless of the people--have you ever heard Orland/Kissimmee locals scoff at tourists?!). We have to rely, on some level, on some kind of Norman Rockwell, Mayberry facade. I'll maintain that I don't think anyone with any level of disposable income will spend it in an area where they re treated the way I've seen nonlocals treated here. For pete's sake, I'm a homeowner in this county and even I take my spending money elsewhere.

    Perhaps your fisherman or hunter might not have the same standards of politeness that I do. Fishermen and hunters still have to eat, buy gasoline, and other errands that brings them into contact with the "friendly" folks we've seen on this poll.

    Little wonder that Greene County isn't exactly an economic hotbed. There's a lot that goes into putting on the appearance of a Rockwell painting and Greene County is quite lacking.

    -- Posted by sarah m on Sat, Sep 12, 2009, at 8:50 AM
  • Guess what, Sarah? You ARE one of the locals as you have pointed out to us so many times. So roll your eyes all you want, but it's not like you are helping the situation at all. How do you expect to receive any sort of kindness, when your only priority is to put those of us who grew up here, down?

    I think it's hilarious how highly you think of yourself. This county is beautiful, and so are the people. I must has to be very hard to look around and truly appreciate the beauty when your head is stuck so far up your own...

    Now, I'm sure that you will now reply telling me that I am only proving your point, but please rest assured that whether you are in Greene County or Kissimmee I'm sure you would receive the same response.

    Don't like the town you live in? Do something about it. You picked it..I mean we certainly did not pick you.

    -- Posted by ladybug66 on Tue, Sep 15, 2009, at 1:37 PM
  • Proud2bfree & Ladybug66

    You are making the point about Greene County not being a very nice place to visit let alone live. You aren't an outsider so you don't know how it feels and you never will until you move. I'm sure if people met you two first they would changed there mind about living here.

    -- Posted by Curious 68 on Wed, Sep 16, 2009, at 6:39 AM
  • sarah m.

    Don't you have anything better to do? Man your kinda sad aren't you....

    Do you have a job?

    Somewhere to be?

    Things to do, people to see?

    You need a hobby.

    We have fishing it's great almost all year around.

    We have camping.

    We have church groups.

    We have bingo.

    We have bowling.(in Linton)

    Pick one...

    get out of the house and do something/anything

    or your going to end up old with allot of cats

    while people refer to you as "that crazy lady".

    We have archery.

    We have state parks.

    We have boy scouts.

    We have girls scouts.

    Pick one...

    Otherwise you are going to end up old and alone with nothing to keep you company but a bunch of cats while the children refer to you as "the crazy lady". Hey just trying to help. (:

    -- Posted by peaceloveandprayers on Wed, Sep 16, 2009, at 8:42 AM
  • Curious 68, if I am proving your point then I am only stating that we (Greene County Residents) stick up for what we believe in, one another, and stand by our home, family, friends and history. Yes, I can see how you would find fault in that. (laughs)

    I have made plenty of friends who considered themselves outsiders, and made them feel as welcome as I possibly could. They are still here to this day, and we are very close. Now what's your reply?

    Proud2Bfree, good point! There is plenty to do here. If you don't mind I would even like to add to the list...

    You can..

    Hit up a movie,

    Go golfing,


    Go Swimming (if the weather allows it)

    Rides Horses,

    Enjoy our Festivals/Fairs


    Visit the Library (if you do, Sarah M. please find the nearest dictionary and look up the word Aristarch, I believe you will find your picture next to it! :)

    Again, I am going to ask.. if you dislike this county so much, then why are you still here? Maybe Curious 68 and Sarah M. should meet up. Misery does love company!

    -- Posted by ladybug66 on Wed, Sep 16, 2009, at 2:29 PM
  • As for you that say there is "not any where to spend your money" in Bloomfield, I find that the local places to shop offers just as nice of things than driving all the way to Wal-Mart. I never buy clothes from there anyway for myself as they are junk, would rather drive to Bloomington and get clothes there at the mall or the stores and even at Pamida's prices, I get better clothes for my money. I am not so proud that I cannot go into the Dollar Store and pick up items that I need for the same price as driving to Linton, who cares if Charmin toilet paper is 10 cents more than Wal-Mart, the savings in gasoline alone is worth supporting my local stores. I find the Bloomfield IGA has better meat and definately better prices (the 5 for $19.99). I just had a friend from Hawaii visit and she thought this was just a perfect place and even considering moving here to the Greene County area (she thought the name fit it well). I guess she was an outsider but everyone she met here treated her well and she loved how friendly the people were and no one treated her any different -hmmm must have been her great attitude!!!

    -- Posted by Proud Army Wife on Wed, Sep 16, 2009, at 2:51 PM
  • Aren't we all critics to some degree?

    I still like the fact that we can anonymously bash each other but we can no longer comment about the seven people that got busted for drugs. Seems like THOSE people should be the ones informed about all the recreational activities available in the wonderful county of Greene.

    But hey, I'm just sayin....

    -- Posted by just_a_girl on Wed, Sep 16, 2009, at 2:57 PM
  • Curious 68

    Proud2bfree & Ladybug66

    "You aren't an outsider so you don't know how it feels and you never will until you move."

    -- Posted by Curious 68 on Wed, Sep 16, 2009, at 6:39 AM

    I have lived in Indiana my whole life....up until a year ago when my husband was stationed at Fort Hood TEXAS. That is roughly a thousand miles from my home.

    The difference between the two of us is I'm not whining and crying about nobody liking me while being a total jerk to everyone. By the way I have made friends here they happen to be very nice.

    Of course I DIDN'T run around complaining about everything and insulting all the natives. Glad I didn't to...wouldn't want to end up like you.

    Nope! I would rather make the best of my stay in Texas until I can make it back to my wonderful beautiful BLOOMFIELD!!!!!!!

    -- Posted by peaceloveandprayers on Wed, Sep 16, 2009, at 9:12 PM
  • Proud2BFree

    I have lived other places and they aren't nearly as hateful as Greene County. I have also live on and around a military base and you are treated well. You are one of them and they take care of there people. Some of my best friends I met through the military and have no doubt you are having a great experience. It's a whole different world and can't be compared. The difference between you and I is I have empathy for people and try to treat them as I want to be treated.

    -- Posted by Curious 68 on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 6:17 AM
  • Curious 68

    Actually I have lived off base the whole year due to the long waiting list.

    Now about that good ol' empathy....

    Empathy is great...good stuff that empathy.

    Well the first month we were here my husband and I

    helped out with moving a family off base. What we got wasn't empathy it was $200 dollars missing from our vacation jar.

    Do I judge every person here because those two particular people ripped us off? Nope! I hide my vacation jar thats for sure but I don't treat everyone like a criminal. I think you have it in your head that there couldn't possibly be any good people in Greene County because you only see what you want to see.

    So preach to someone else about empathy. Your ungrateful for the great opportunity you have living in a small town setting.

    Is there murder on a regular basic in Bloomfield?

    Armed robbery EVERYDAY?

    Home invasion?

    Kids getting kidnapped?

    Are there Gangs on the corners?

    Do you worry about drive by shootings on a daily basis?

    Let me tell you what Bloomfield IS a little slice of Heaven and you need to show some respect.

    -- Posted by peaceloveandprayers on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 8:03 AM
  • Proud2BFree

    First of all, I didn't know we were talking about one town. I thought we were talking about Greene County. I also know there are nice and friendly people but from my experience it's been few. Apparently you are a closed minded person and can only go on your experiences and not open to others.

    -- Posted by Curious 68 on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 8:28 AM
  • Your pal thought the name Greene fit it well? She's thinking Green, not Nathaniel the war hero who's buried in Charleston, S.C. Old Nathaniel must have taken a look and yelled, Get me out of here! LOL

    -- Posted by Paul on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 8:29 AM
  • Curious 68

    I am living in a new place and making friends.

    I think you should quit getting in your own way.

    You have fun being miserable but I promise you this it isn't the place you live, it isn't the people you meet,...IT IS YOU!!!!

    I won't be commenting on anymore of your posts.

    Say what you need to but you and I both know that you are the problem here not the town not the people...just YOU. I have a gut feeling you could live anywhere in the USA and complain of the same thing because maybe...just maybe your not a nice person.

    -- Posted by peaceloveandprayers on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 8:46 AM
  • Well, there's some us vs them for you. Bloomfield=heaven, everywhere else=gangs, kidnappings, murders. Funny that I've lived in cities as well as suburbs but it's only been in Greene County that I've needed police protection from stalking and harassment.

    As for joining the boy scouts, seeing a movie, and shopping at IGA, I don't think those will draw in the big tourist dollars.

    Proud2bfree, I appreciate your "concern" but I'm doing just fine without the approval of the locals. :) you see, Greene County isn't an island and one can always drive elsewhere. Commuting can be a wonderful thing.

    -- Posted by sarah m on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 10:01 AM
  • sarah m

    I am sure the locals are doing just fine without you also. :) Please rest assured I'm not concerned about you. You on the other hand should be a bit concerned for yourself maybe. Your not very nice and you tend to make people angry,that sounds like a serious issue you should probably deal with. It's not my problem is it. Just everyone else that has to come in contact with you!!

    I will tell you like I told Curious 68:

    Say what you need to but you and I both know that you are the problem here not the town not the people...just YOU. I have a gut feeling you could live anywhere in the USA and complain of the same thing because maybe...just maybe your not a nice person.

    -- Posted by peaceloveandprayers on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 2:52 PM
  • Does the phrase "you've got to take the good with the bad" ring a bell to anyone? To the folks who continue to belittle Sarah M, you are only proving her point. Greene Co. is beautiful, and has some very nice people as residents. But, on the other hand, there are some very rude and nasty people as well. I think the same could be said of our own families. So, yes, Greene Co. has alot to offer in the way of tourism. We should embrace the wonderful things it has to offer and stop all the nonsense toward each other!!

    -- Posted by LEO63 on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 7:08 PM
  • Greene County will never be a tourist destination. Okay, maybe I shouldn't start out that way. I hope I am wrong. While the land is beautiful enough to rival anything Monroe or Brown County has to offer, the lack of all else (dining, entertainment, lodging, pride, industry, marketing dollars, etc.) is too much to overcome.

    Tourism is an industry. But, one must spend money to make money. Without the money to spend, it won't take off.

    I'm not sure if anyone else has mentioned this yet- I was too bored by the bickering to read all the comments. However, I would love to see Greene County become an outdoor adventure mecca. The abundance of wooded hills and miles of country roads would make it prime for road cycling, mountain biking, trail running and backpacking. With Bloomington in its backyard, it could easily draw those of us wishing to seek out some new terrain and less traffic.

    A good resource for trail building:

    -- Posted by B-Town on Fri, Sep 18, 2009, at 5:21 PM
  • Proud 2 B Free= Blah Blah Blah... I imagine you in your Cardinal Red hoodie cheering every yadda yadda yadda doggone thing in this podunk down where everyone's related to everyone else. The town just jumped the sewer rate so all the east side trailer folk no longer can do laundry at White's and have t hump it to Linton. Give up your rah rah rah crappola. B-field is just a small town going nowhere. If the courthouse ever closed, all you'd see here is a bunch of ghosts. Bill Sipes said "whoever heard of a downtown with a 90-degree angle in it?" The only interesting spots in this county are west of the river.

    -- Posted by Paul on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 7:29 PM
  • If Greene county towns would synchronize their individual festivals to one week long county wide "Greene County Heritage Festival" , then it would bring in a lot more people than all the different festivals of the county scattered throughout the year combined, in my humble opinion. Look at Parke county's covered bridge festival- I would guess most folks go to that festival just because it is a festival, not because of the covered bridges scattered around the county. There is strength in numbers, folks. Imagine a county wide yard sale going on at the same time for those 10 days....look at the traffic Worthington brings in for it's town wide yard sale. We would have to find a week that doesn't compete with any other major events or festivals around the state and then we could have something here much bigger than the covered bridge festival.

    I vote for a 10 day weekend through weekend "Greene County Heritage Festival"!

    -- Posted by hopeanddust on Fri, Sep 25, 2009, at 9:43 PM
  • Paul ....

    It couldn't be more obvious that you want to argue. I must do whats right and spare you and your tiny little brain the pressure and pain it would endure in the process of commenting back. Go play Paul.

    Get a life and if you don't like beating your laundry on a rock go buy a washing machine...duh!!!

    washer: a home appliance for washing clothes and linens automatically.

    Look into it.

    -- Posted by peaceloveandprayers on Sat, Sep 26, 2009, at 1:07 PM
  • Remember the Thousand Islands advertisements from the late 70's/early 80's? I remember thinking that Thousand Islands were so far away that when I arrived, it felt like an exotic vacation. I still look at the area with awe.

    Greene County is a wonderful, relaxing vacation spot. When I think about amusement parks, the crowds, high prices of food and trinkets, I believe more and more that Greene County is nearly perfect. I can stay, eat, and buy without breaking the bank. The truth is that I can't find much information advertising Greene County where many people look.

    If I want to vacation in a quaint place, I want a Bed and Breakfast. The Park Inn is fine. The cabins by the Four Way Bridge are my idea of great - just not advertised enough.

    I'm guily of taking Greene County for granted. Shakamak, the viaduct, Greene-Sullivan State Forest, etc. have always been my subtle vacations.

    As a tourist, I would like some pamphlets detailing the area's highlights, best times to visit, phone numbers to local Chamber of Commerce, and contacts to the GCEDC for further information.

    -- Posted by livinlinton on Sat, Oct 3, 2009, at 4:10 PM
  • Halloween is a time for kids to have fun, within reason. I don't think it's offensive for ppl to decorate with assorted scarecrows hanging from trees/banisters. If ppl have trouble with that type of decoration, what will be next? Don't have Santa driving a sleigh in your yard, my dog was hit last Christmas. Don't have Santa climbing down the chimney, our house was robbed last Christmas. If a person has problems with dealing with the loss of a family memeber, they need to seek counseling/religious help. Please don't be angry with others for wanting to be happy and show THEIR opinions of the fall season.

    -- Posted by mkeller64 on Sun, Oct 18, 2009, at 5:47 PM
  • You need better places for people to stay and now the only ones are in Vincennes or Bloomington and there the prices are much to high compared to some of the other States

    -- Posted by elganj on Tue, Oct 20, 2009, at 9:20 AM
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