The Village Of Spires

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 132012

We love getting off the interstate highways and taking the back roads, exploring the small towns we pass through on the way to wherever we’re headed. Yesterday we visited a very nice little town that really impressed us.

Oldenburg, Indiana was founded in the late 1830s by a group of German settlers who named the town in honor of their home, the province of Oldenburg, in Northern Germany. Even today the community’s beautiful old stone and brick houses and businesses, with their tin facades and cornices, and the bilingual street signs, reflect the Old World influence.


The small town of less than 700 people is known as the "Village of Spires" because of the churches that cluster around the small downtown area. It is amazing how many large churches this small community has!




In 1851, the Sisters of St. Francis of Oldenburg was founded and the order would go on to open schools throughout the Midwest. The order is still an important part of Oldenburg’s community.

We spent some time driving around town admiring the architecture and then stopped for a late lunch/early dinner (Greg and Jan call this linner) at the Brau Haus. What would you expect but a German-themed restaurant in a town settled by Germans? The food was very good, especially the pepper-fried chicken and the sauerkraut balls.






Besides the church spires, Oldenburg’s other claim to fame are the 30 or so brightly painted fire hydrants around town that look like everything from farmers and nuns, to cartoon characters. We spent another hour or so cruising around from street to street taking pictures of them.




After we had driven every street in Oldenburg, and then out into the country over a beautiful stone bridge, we drove three miles back to Batesville and spent some time exploring its streets too. While bigger than Oldenburg, and with some handsome buildings of its own, I think Oldenburg had more character.


Some might say that we were just wasting time, but I’d rather spend an afternoon doing something like this then sitting home listening to an unending series of political ads, each telling you how bad the other guy is instead of how good the candidate is and what he is going to do for the country. I am so sick and tired of all of the political bull#&^@. In fact, yesterday I un-friended two people on Facebook because between the two, there were over 30 political posts made yesterday alone. I don’t have the time to wade through all that crap from either side. Folks, there really is life outside the election hype and hysteria.

Today will probably be another stay-at-home and take it easy kind of day. Greg said he has some chores he wants to do around his motorhome and we can always find plenty to keep us busy, even if it’s just me taking a nap.

Thought For The Day – If the whole world believed in an eye for an eye, we’d all be blind.

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  11 Responses to “The Village Of Spires”

  1. Hi Nick,

    With respect to political commentary by Facebook Friends and the general public at large I think George Carlin said it best: “Think about how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that.”

    Have a great day!

  2. November can’t come soon enough!

  3. OK Nick you have had enough of a rest now, back to writing your books. Oh and no playing Bookworm until you write some more. 🙂

  4. We call it “Linner” too. Didn’t know others did. I agree about the FB politics and I also hate all the games people invite you to play.

  5. I do not know if they still offer tours of the Batesville Coffin factory that is the main employer for the town. It was interesting to say the least. Also there is a sweet small animal refuge just outside of town, it is also interesting. The last time we were at Indian Lakes we toured it and I even got to give a baby bear a bath. It was awesome and there were steel bars between us so it was safe and he enjoyed it. So did I. Have a relaxing day

  6. Nick, you ‘da man! I couldn’t agree more. The TV is rarely on in this M/H these days for that very reason. And I have lost a very good friend because of his continuing extreme right wing e-mail rhetoric. But then, it was probably shallow anyway.


  7. How refreshing to select your blog and read about your interesting adventures. I feel like I am traveling with you and Terry. Yes…there is life outside of politics!

  8. I always enjoy reading your posts, especially ones about towns like this. I keep track of places we’d like to visit by putting them on my Pinterest Boards. So I wanted to let you know I pinned one of your photos with a link back to your blog on my Road Trip Board. Hope you don’t mind! (Of course, if you do mind, I’ll be happy to remove it)

  9. Kay,
    I’m glad you enjoy our travel stories. Feel free to post them.

  10. Glad to hear you enjoyed Oldenburg, a neat placeto visit. If you have the time and want to see a very beautiful and moving monument to their fallen vets than take a trip over to Columbus, In. they also have some neat buildings and a very nice public park on the outskirts.

  11. What a beautiful town. . .loved the old stone bridge. . . never heard of saurkraut balls. . .being of German descent, I’ll be looking that one up. . .very interesting!


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