It could be the tiniest town in the Hoosier state, a hidden jewel at the end of a winding road.
However, the story behind Story, Indiana is a tall tale.
“Words don’t quite do it justice.”
“The experience is one you have to enjoy for yourself.”
Story got its start as a community in the 1850`s, but the Great Depression nearly wiped it out. Fast forward to 1999, Rick Hofstetter bought the town at a sheriff’s auction, pouring in time and money to bring it where it is today.
The town is southeast of Bloomington.
“This place is now 168 years old and my love affair with it is just a tiny part of that,” says Rick.
Everything in Story is old, from the former general store, to the houses and the old grain mill.
Now it serves a new purpose as a restaurant and a bed and breakfast. Plus, there is a wedding venue, born from an old dairy barn.
“This is not a reconstruction of an authentic little town, this is an authentic little town,” says Rick.
Tens of thousands of people flock here each year. From festivals to the odd day tripper, Hofstetter says part of the town`s appeal is that it’s far removed from modern society.
There’s no TV’s, its Wi-Fi optional, and cell service is spotty at best.
Hofstetter and his partners are selling. He doesn’t want to, but knows he needs to.
He says he`s getting too old to take care of this place like it should be, so, he`s selling to keep the legacy going.
“It needs the protection that it deserves. And that’s really what it is, it’s a transition,” says Rick.
While the town is on the open market, Hofstetter says he’s only looking for a particular type of buyer. Someone who loves this place like he does, and will keep it going for years to come in Story, Indiana.