Veraestau Historic Site Now Open to the Public

Veraestau Historic Site, the early-19th-century country estate located outside of Aurora, is now open to the public two days a week.  The property will be available for tours from 1-4 pm on Thursdays and Sundays.


Known for its panoramic views of the Ohio River and the countryside beyond, Veraestau is a private estate managed by Indiana Landmarks and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The elegant country property, which previously had been open by appointment or for group tours only, maintains features going back at least 200 years.

Veraestau (a combination of the Latin words for spring, summer and fall) is a two-story Greek Revival-style structure that has been meticulously preserved.  In addition to regular tours, Veraestau hosts several activities and events occurring throughout the year, including seasonal teas and an annual Derby Day party.  The facility and surrounding grounds are also available to rent for weddings, parties and special events.

Veraestau will remain open to the public from now through December 17, then will close for the winter before re-opening in the spring.  Tours of the site are free for members of Indiana Landmarks, $5 for non-members, or $4 per person for groups of 25 or more.  Visitors can find a list of nearby restaurants, accommodations and attractions by clicking here.

Enjoy Local Art at Regional Art Exhibition

Artwork from across the Tri-State will be on display starting this week at the Southeastern Indiana Art Guild's “Regional Art Exhibition” in downtown Aurora.  The 5th-annual event is open to the public and will run through mid-August.

Comprised of artists from throughout Southeast Indiana and the entire Tri-State, the Art Guild works to promote an appreciation of the visual arts in a variety of mediums.

The show will run from August 5-19 at the Art Guild Studios in downtown Aurora.  The event is free and open to the public.  Visitors can browse and purchase art during the Opening Reception (Sat., Aug. 5, 6-8pm) or throughout the show’s regular hours as follows: 

Sundays: 1-4pm

Monday-Friday: 11am-7pm

Saturdays: 11am-4pm

Located along the Ohio River, the City of Aurora is known for its 19th-century churches, historic architecture and well-preserved National Historic district.  Art lovers will also want to check out the Windows of Aurora, a public art project (and mobile app) featuring a selection of murals throughout the city.  Created by a number of Art Guild artists, the murals depict early 1900-era street scenes that transport visitors back in time to the period when Aurora was a thriving river port and important steamboat stop along the busy Ohio. 

Indiana Wine Trail’s “Artisan Weekend” Planned for July 29-30

Wineries along the Indiana Wine Trail – including Dearborn County’s own Holtkamp Winery & Vineyards – will open their doors July 29-30 for a special “Artisan Weekend” in Southeast Indiana.  Each of the seven wineries along the trail will feature two local crafters or artisans, plus a selection of handcrafted wine the region has become known for.

Situated along and around the Ohio River Scenic Byway, the Indiana Wine Trail makes for a great day trip or overnight excurison.  Holtkamp, the newest winery along the trail, is located close to rural New Alsace.  An estate winery known for their award-winning vintages, Holtkamp offers a large selection of wines ranging from dry and semi-dry red and white wines, to sweet fruit wines and dessert wines.  The family-owned boutique winery features an onsite tasting room as well as a deck overlooking the vineyards and pond.  

As always during Wine Trail events, participants should bring ID along with them and select a designated driver in advance.  The event will run from 11am– 5pm each day.  Maps and distances between each of the wineries can be found on the Indiana Wine Trail website, or on brochures located at each of the participating wineries.

Looking for a place to stop or stay along the trail?  Click here for a complete guide to shopping, dining, lodging and more in Dearborn County – Southeast Indiana.   

Don't Miss the Bright Festival

The Bright Community Festival returns to Southeast Indiana next week for another year of festival fun in the small town of Bright, Indiana.  The festival will run from 6-11pm on Friday night, July 28, and 4-11pm on Saturday, July 29.

Known for its great raffles, the event offers lots of food and information booths in addition to a variety of traditional festival activities for the entire family.

Throughout the festival, visitors can enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides and games, a beer garden, gaming, crafts, car show and more.  A large parade has once again been planned for 3pm Saturday afternoon prior to the opening of the festival, while chicken dinners will be available in the firehouse on Saturday beginning at 4pm.

As always, proceeds from the Bright Community Festival will benefit Bright’s fire department and EMS.  For more information, or for a complete schedule of events, contact festival organizers at 513-315-1401 or 812-637-3473, or click here to follow the festival on Facebook.  

Looking for more fun things to do in Southeast Indiana this summer?  Check out our online Calendar of Events for a complete list of what's been planned.