There’s so much to do!
Myers Dinner Theatre is located in the quaint town of Hillsboro, IN, which is known for being “the home of 600 happy people and a few old soreheads.” Centrally located in the Wabash Valley, Hillsboro sits in the heartland between Indianapolis, Lafayette, Terre Haute, and Danville and is near some of Indiana’s most beautiful spaces. State parks with sweeping views, rolling hills, rock formations, and even waterfalls are very close to our hospitable, charming town.
When you visit us in Hillsboro, you might as well make a day — or even a whole weekend — out of visiting West Central Indiana. Here are a few of our favorite attractions!
The Covered Bridge Festival is hosted in Rockville, IN and is only 20 minutes away from our theatre. The area features 31 covered bridges, which is one of the largest covered bridge collections in the world. The area is stunning in the fall and spring and is a great place to visit during the warmer Indiana months.
Turkey Run State Park has something for everyone. You can hike some of the most rugged hiking trails in the state, enjoy horseback riding, camp, stay at the Turkey Run Inn, canoe or tube down the Sugar Creek River, visit historic sites, and learn about Indiana plants and animal in the nature center. While there is plenty to do, be sure to pause to enjoy the beautiful sites.
You can’t camp at Shades State Park, but there is plenty to do from sunup until sundown. The state park offers hiking trails, fishing, canoeing, and more. Those who are willing to take a fairly long hike can join the Pine Hills Nature Preserve on a hike with spectacular topography and learn more about the plants, animals, and nature in the area.
Crawfordsville, Indiana is also home of the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum, formerly known as the Ben-Hur Museum. Lewis Wallace was an American lawyer, Union general in the American Civil War, and Indiana author. Wallace designed the study himself and wrote much of his novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ there. The novel was published in 1880 and was the bestselling novel of the nineteenth century until Gone with the Wind was released. All will enjoy taking a tour of Wallace’s home and carriage house.
There’s quite a bit of history in our neck of the woods, and Crawfordsville, Indiana is home of the only remaining operational rotary jail in the United States. What is a rotary jail you might be wondering? With the use of a crank, jail cells rotate and used to allow one prisoner to get in or out of his cell at a time. The jail opened in 1882 and closed in 1973. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and now functions as a museum. You can also visit the old sheriff’s home next door. This is a unique landmark that you will definitely want to see.
Those who have served or have loved ones who have served in the armed forces will especially enjoy the Ropkey Armor Museum. The Ropkey family has always had a passion for our great country, and Fred Ropkey (who served in the Marine Corps from 1949 to 1955) opened the museum to preserve our military’s heritage. The museum features several machines, vehicles, and weapons that were used in various American wars, many of which have been restored.
McGrady Post & Beam Barn
Located just southeast of Myers Dinner Theatre, those seeking some rich Indiana history need look no further than the McGrady Post & Beam Barn. Built in the same style as those from the turn of the 20th century, the McGrady Post & Beam Barn is a time capsule featuring pre-World War II farming equipment and some of the earliest modern automobiles manufactured and the pièce de résistance: a vintage 1926 Studebaker car.