Billie Creek Village
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
Billie Creek Village is a recreated, authentic, turn-of-the-century village, farmstead, living museum, and home to the three of Parke County's famous covered bridges. It is located one mile East of Rockville, Indiana, on US 36.
It was in 1964 and 1965 that a few Parke County residents began a study to find a way to make the county more interesting year-around. The Covered Bridge Festival and Maple Fair had offered proof that visitors enjoyed the scenery and friendliness they found in Parke County, Indiana. There was a also evidence that these same visitors had tremendous interest in all phases of rural American History.
Thus, the decision was made to buy a tract of land and create a "village" typical of a specific time period of the past. The "turn-of-the-century" was the general time period chosen. Parke County took a firm step "backwards" and began salvaging old buildings of the period and a "village" began to take shape.
The land obtained had a meandering creek, known as Williams Creek but nicknamed Billie Creek, an adjacent covered bridge, wooded lands and offered an accessible location. The site itself is of historical value, lying between the original Pike's Peak Highway (later called Ocean to Ocean) and the same route's newer roadbed named US 36. This location, between new and old, symbolized the very idea of Billie Creek Village.
The plan for Billie Creek Village was to create a "living-museum" ... a museum to "take-part-in", not to just walk through ... making history come to life. It depicts ordinary people conducting their day-to-day lives at a time when "work" was regarded as the mainstay of life.
In 1969 Billie Creek Village opened its doors to the public with less than ten authentic buildings/exhibits.
Currently, it is Indiana's only authentic, recreated, turn-of-the-century village and farmstead with a total of 38 authentic buildings/exhibits.