In Manhattan, $3.8 million will get you about 10,000 square feet. In the posh neighborhoods of Paris, the same amount earns you about 2,500 square feet.
In Brown County, Indiana, $3.8 million will buy you the pastoral village of Story, Indiana, and the nearly two centuries of Indiana history with it.
ALL OF THIS COULD BE YOURS:
In 1851, an Ohio physician named George P. Story came to the hilly wilderness of Brown County, which had incorporated less than two decades earlier. His original 173 acres weren’t a town then, not even by the standards of the mid-1800s. Within two decades, his small medical practice had attracted an inn, a grist mill, a small school, and a few other family farms.
Residents and neighbors began affectionately referring to the settlement as “Storyville”. While it never erupted with prosperity, the area survived, an accomplishment in the late 1800s. In 1882, another doctor bought out Dr. Story’s medical practice and built a general store/post office, transforming the rugged settlement into an official Hoosier town.
Story’s grist mill and general store attracted business from other villages in what would become the Van Buren Township, and Dr. Story invested in other essential businesses of frontier life: blacksmith shop, slaughterhouse, non-denominational church, and saw mill. Story, Indiana, had become a quintessential example of Indiana frontier life.