Spend a day in Henryville, Indiana. Learn what places to visit and unique facts about this southern Indiana town.
Ready to spend a day in the southern Indiana town of Henryville? About 30 minutes north of Louisville and just over an hour from Evansville, on the Indiana side of the Ohio River, sits a small town with a single flashing light, two gas stations and the oldest state forest in Indiana. Clark State Forest was established by the Works Progress Administration in 1903.
The forestry is a hub of activity in Henryville. On a fall afternoon, you’ll find youth football teams practicing, children swinging on the playground, a few men fishing in the small pond and couples walking around the oblong activity area. Venture further into the forest in your vehicle and you’ll find a lookout with spectacular views of the outlying valleys.
Once you’ve climbed the fire tower (pronounced “far tar” by locals), clamber down to Food 4 the Soul in Memphis (about 5 minutes away) for their daily lunch buffet. F4tS serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every weekday. The menu includes a variety of the most delicious soul food you’ll ever encounter. Other choices for a quick bite to eat include Tanner’s, with an old Woolworth’s style cafe counter, Subway and a small dinner called Budroe’s just across from the high school. Budroe’s is only open for breakfast and lunch, but this is the location of the bus in the building that many saw on news reports after the 2012 tornadoes. The owner put a humorous spin on the situation and after repairs renamed it Budroe’s bus stop and made the entrance look like a bus.
If you want somewhere to stay inside Henryville, your only choice is Wooded Glen. This is a retreat and conference center set on 567 acres. Pass over a creek through a covered bridge and wind your way up a hill to the facilities. Wooded Glen can accommodate groups or individuals, has dining facilities and provides a prayer walk path that is unique and serene. You may spot wildlife, so come prepared with your camera.
Once back in Henryville, take the time to visit Tanner’s. This little store provides a unique, small-town atmosphere with a soda shop type counter, complete with ice cream selections or lunch made on the hot grill. You’ll also find hardware essentials and everyday items that folks in the area need but don’t want to trek 20 minutes to town to get. If your car breaks down, Furnish Towing can help you out. You’ll also find an IGA Grocery, Family Dollar and Circle K.
If you love Kentucky Fried Chicken, then you’ll find it interesting that Colonel Harland Sanders was born in this tiny town. Drive to the southeast of Henryville, toward Otisco and you’ll come to Mount Moriah Church. This church has historical information related to when the “Colonel” attended there as a young boy. Henryville is also suspected to be the inspiration for the song “Up in Indiana” by Lyle Lovett. Note that the original Mount Moriah Church was destroyed in the tornado. I’m not sure how much of the historical documentation is now left.
The next time you’re in southern Indiana, take a few hours to visit this unique town that provides a true glimpse into what small town Midwestern living entails.