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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

How to Spend a Day in Ellettsville

Just seven miles west of Bloomington is the historic town of Ellettsville, Indiana. Founded in 1837, Ellettsville is steeped in limestone history. "Millions of tons of building stone have been shipped by trains and trucks throughout the United States to build magnificent memorials, cathedrals, government buildings, libraries, public schools, colleges and universities, and countless churches and synagogues.  Included in these shipments have been priceless carvings that have told the rich history of our states and our Nation's capital. Craftsmen from our limestone mills have traveled throughout the nation to do on-site work on these structures in building American history." - Maurice Endwright (Ellettsville Journalist)

In honor of Limestone Month, we wanted to share a little bit more about this historic town and how you can make a day of it in Ellettsville. 

Morning Coffee at Heritage Coffee Roasters

heritage coffee

Get your day started in historic downtown Ellettsville at Heritage Trail Cafe & Coffee Roasters. They roast a variety of beans daily to craft all of your favorite coffee and espresso drinks. We're big fans of their nitro cold brew. Don't skip breakfast while you're there. Heritage serves a variety of egg dishes like egg casserole and chorizo biscuits & gravy alongside yummy pastries like scones and muffins. If it is a sunny morning, grab a seat on their patio. 

heritage coffee

Indiana Limestone Heritage Trail

heritage trail

Take the rest of your coffee to go and learn more about limestone while strolling the wooded Limestone Heritage Trail in downtown Ellettsville. This easy half-mile trail features several artifacts and sculptures along the way. The trail will eventually connect with the Karst Farm Greenway providing a biking and walking trail that spans much of western Monroe County.

heritage trail



After breakfast, cruise down the road to Stinesville, Indiana. This sleepy town is said to be the starting point of the Indiana Limestone industry.  The first quarry opened in 1827 and the first commercial quarry opened in 1855 with the arrival of the railroad. Check out the town's post office and general store, The Stinesville Mercantile, in operation since 1860.  This historic landmark is home to lots of curiosities and Stinesville memorabilia and definitely worth a visit. It also happens to be on the Bicentennial Fish Scavenger Hunt.

Underground Cafe & Cupcakes

Underground Cupcakes

To finish off your Ellettsville road trip, head to Underground Cupcakes for lunch. They have a variety of sandwiches and salads, and the chicken salad is legendary. The menu has several gluten-free and vegetarian options too. Underground is one part cafe, one part bakery so make sure you save room for cupcakes. Flavors range from lemon-blueberry to chili chocolate with each one being absolutely decadent. A limited number of gluten-free cupcakes are available daily. If you're just looking for a sweet treat or caffeine boost, head straight to the counter for the goods. 

Emily Hines

Emily Hines