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Welcome to Mitchell, IN. Mitchell is located amongst the rolling hills of south-central Indiana in Lawrence County – 40 minutes south of Bloomington, 85 minutes from Louisville, KY and less than 2 hours from Indianapolis. Mitchell lies in the heart of beautiful southern Indiana offering small town living, yet in easy driving distance of the shopping and cultural attractions of its nearby large cities. For more information on Mitchell’s location, check out the maps.
This web site is designed to provide you with information on the Mitchell area. Whether your interest in Mitchell is centered around tourist information or the desire to relocate to the area, we wish to provide you with the information that you need. The primary focus of this site is the area attractions and a Yellow Pages telephone listing. If you would like to see more information than is currently provided, we encourage you e-mail us (address at bottom of the pages). We will strive to provide it for you.
Mitchell is the proud home of the annual “Persimmon Festival” – a week long small town celebration the last full week of September of every year. The festival has been growing every year since its inception in 1946. The festival features a parade, Festival Queen contests, art and photography displays, arts and crafts exhibits, carnival rides, sport competitions and, of course, persimmon pudding.
Mitchell is the home of astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom, one of the seven original NASA astronauts. The Gus Grissom Memorial is located on 6th Street (see Attractions)) next to the Mitchell Municipal Building. There is an additional memorial to Gus at Spring Mill State Park which is 3 miles east of town. Restoration of his childhood home is in progress.
Antique shops flourish in the Historic District of downtown Mitchell. Owners of several of the historic homes in the district take great pride in their restoration to the glory of the past. At last count, there were 19 churches in the Mitchell area of 11 denominations. The small town atmosphere of friendliness and community pride is easily found on the streets and in the shops.
The Children’s Memorial Playground at City Park is a must see. It is one of the best playgrounds in southern Indiana. It is located next to the Community Pool.
Spring Mill State Park (see Attractions)) is located east of Mitchell on State Highway 60. There is always “something going on” at Spring Mill. The historic Spring Mill Inn is located in the park along with camping and picnicking facilities. The Pioneer Village features a working grist mill. Staff and volunteers are on hand year round to provide insight into the workings of the 19th century village.