Following a major expansion into Morgan County earlier this year, the Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail recently reached another milestone as it became the ninth trail chosen as an Indiana Artisan Trail.
That designation, announced by Indiana Artisan Director Eric Freeman, adds to an already long list of accolades establishing the Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail as a tourist destination in Central Indiana.
“We couldn’t be happier as this truly has become a big year for the Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail,” said Sarah McMillen, director of marketing for Visit Hendricks County. “The trail reflects the values of homegrown and handmade, as well as the culture and heritage of Hendricks and Morgan counties and the spirit of local artisans. It already has and will continue to positively impact the local economy.”
The Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail, a self-guided, self-directed driving tour in Hendricks and Morgan counties, highlights farms, historic buildings, and artists and has become a popular visitor destination since its inception in Hendricks County in 2010 through a Visit Hendricks County and Hendricks County Arts Council partnership.
Visit Hendricks County announced in January an expansion to the trail as a second cultural loop in Morgan County was added for 2013. The trail now links 24 locations including wineries, orchards, artists’ studios, herb and fruit farms, farmers’ markets, beekeepers, organic gardens, galleries, and shops with fine art, woodwork, ceramics, pottery, sculpture, glasswork, jewelry, and metalwork.
Those 24 regular participants in the two counties must be open a minimum of Thursdays through Saturdays year-round. In addition, a Second Saturdays component, which was added last year, opens the trail up to eight more sites on the second Saturday of each month.
“The Indiana Artisans who live in these counties offer exceptional glasswork, fiber art, oil paintings, and wine, and they will benefit from the added promotion this trail provides,” Freeman said. “The goal of all the Artisan Trails is to promote the businesses of artisans so visitors can meet them, see their work being made and hear their stories. That adds significant meaning to the art and the foods, and it supports Indiana’s small town and rural economies.”