Tourists and school groups from Indiana and around the country have come to Billie Creek Village for years to learn how Hoosiers lived more than a hundred years ago. Now the 70 acre property, which features more than 20 buildings and countless 19th century artifacts, is being auctioned for sale.
The property is home to a church, a schoolhouse and two covered bridges that are on the national register of historic places.
Charles Cooper bought the property four years ago and is now the president of the non-profit board that runs the village. He says the board of directors has decided to sell the property and is looking for a buyer who will keep the property intact and maintain its historic integrity.
“Hopefully, I can get someone involved in it, that will continue with it as it was meant to be years ago,” Cooper says.
Cathy Harkrider is the Executive Secretary of the Parke County tourist information center. She says the people of Rockville are concerned about the village because of its historic ties to the area.
“The fact that all the buildings there came from somewhere in the county or very nearby, and all the items that were donated to build that village and make it unique for Parke County to show what our living was like and what is has been here in the area, so it’s kind of emotionally sad,” Harkrider says.
Potential buyers are submitting sealed bids for the property.
Unless a buyer is found by September 20, a public auction will be held October 20 to sell the property, buildings and artifacts. The auction company estimates the value of Billie Creek is between $800,000 and $1.5 million.