About Brownstown / Ewing Main Street

WHO ARE WE?

Brownstown/Ewing Main Street is a 501c3 non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to the economic development and historic preservation of Brownstown and Ewing Indiana's historic downtowns.

BEMS was established in June of 2010 and is affiliated with the Indiana Main Street program.

Our BEMS organization works cooperatively with the Town of Brownstown, the Brownstown Chamber of Commerce, the Jackson County Historical Society, Seymour(IN) Main Street and many other local and state organizations. Working together with organizations that share similar ideas and goals benefit both the residents and businesses of Brownstown, Ewing, and surrounding communities.

BEMS consists of a Board of Directors and Advisors to the Board. BEMS utilizes the "Indiana Main Street Four Point Approach" to establish four committees consisting of Design, Organization, Promotion, and Economic Restructuring used within our organization. More on our Committees....

BEMS monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at 8:00 am. Meetings are currently held at the Dairy Queen meeting room in Brownstown. All BEMS meetings are open to the public and visitors are encouraged to attend to find out more about BEMS.

Board Of Directors:

Linda McCormick, Chairman
Chairman, Brownstown Development and IHP
202 S Frances St., Brownstown, IN 47220
812-358-2793
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Brian Wolka, Vice Chairman
Retired from Jackson County Rural Electric
Vallonia, IN 47281
812-521-0438
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Bob Bane, Secretary/Treasurer
Downtown Business Property Owner
4652 S Co. Rd. 500 W., Vallonia, IN 47281
812-358-3443
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Raymond Bachmann
Vice President, Jackson County History Center
1025 W. Spring St., Brownstown, IN 47220
812-358-4461
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Darlene Butt
Business Owner/Operator
1050 W. Spring St. Brownstown, IN 47220
Cell 812-525-8692
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Joe Reynolds
Fund for the Arts, Retired Art Teacher
547 E. North Shore Dr., Brownstown, IN 47220
812-358-2056
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Susie Glasgow
Old National Banking Center Manager
1051 W. Spring St., Brownstown, IN 47220
812-358-3171
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Bill Day
President, Jackson County History Center
808 W. Spring St., Brownstown, IN 47220
812-569-1737
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Leigh Ann Wessel
Schneck Medical Center
914 S. Main St., Brownstown, IN 47220
812-525-6883
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Advisors:

Diane Cartmel
Former Board Member Indiana Landmarks
512 S. Valley Court, Brownstown, IN 47220
(H) 812-358-9449
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Dick Rumph
Jackson County History Center and IHP
5584 N. Sandy Creek Dr. #5, Seymour, IN 47274
812-523-8932
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James R. Gillespie
Real Estate Investment & Community Development
15 Broad Street, Unit 1804, New York, NY 10005
(W) 917.453-4378
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Trina Hanner
Owner/Operator, Financial Tips
405 N. Main Street, Brownstown, IN 47220
(W) 812-358-8477
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Sandi Kidwell
Former BEMS Bd. Member, Monon Trail Organizer
721 W Spring St., Brownstown, IN 47220
812-358-4693
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Robert G. Gillespie, DVM ,Ret
Former BEMS Bd. Member, Retired Veterinarian
970 Buena Vista Dr, Brownstown, IN 47220
812-358-4140
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Brownstown, Indiana

Brownstown, Indiana was established in 1816, the same year that Indiana was admitted to the Union as a state, and Jackson County was formed.

Brownstown was first incorporated in 1837 and serves as home to the historic Jackson County Courthouse and is the county seat.

At one time there was a mule-drawn street car which ran on a track built in 1891 from the courthouse square to the depot in Ewing, about one mile west of Brownstown.

Ewing, Indiana

Ewing, Indiana was founded in 1857 and had a post office, railroad depot and many manufacturing and shipping facilities such as the Ewing Mill Co., an oak and hickory spoke factory, a stave factory, W.R. Bollesí cooper shop and Zabelís furniture manufacturing.

The two communities united as one civil unit in 1870, with the name of Brownstown.