Ferdinand was founded in 1840 by Joseph Kundek and named after Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria. It was mostly settled by German-speaking people from central Europe. At one time Ferdinand was known as the “wooden shoe village.” By the end of the 19th century, Ferdinand contained many businesses including a machine works, a brick works, brewery, several taverns, and a dairy. Ferdinand was incorporated as a town in 1905.
Ferdinand is a blend of natural beauty, agriculture, and industrial development. The strong elements of faith, religion, family values, work ethics, sense of community, and respect and appreciation of environment form the foundation upon which the town was built and continues to grow. Ferdinand is a great place to live and raise a family. Give our realtors a call to let them give the opportunity to show you the beautiful homes that are available in the area.
Newcomers are very welcome in Ferdinand. The town of Ferdinand offers a wide range of information for your move to the town. Our realtors will take you house hunting, and once you find the perfect home, we will get you started with your new life in this beautiful southern Indiana town. Visit or call the town’s office or town website for information on its government, town events, businesses, schools in the area, and any other information you might need. You’ll find it is easy to fit in in Ferdinand, and you’ll make new friends in no time.
You’ll have a great time shopping at the specialty and antique stores in Ferdinand. Get a blast from the past when you browse among treasures from eras gone by at the Ferdinand Antique Emporium. With all the unique items for sale at Tin Lizzie's Home Decor & Gifts, you’ll want to do some Christmas shopping regardless of when you visit. Horseman’s Paradise Western will get you dressed up for a night on the town with their wide selection of western apparel.
There are some great places to go for a fun and relaxing evening, and most of these are located along Main Street. Sing along with a live band at the Oasis Bar and Grill or be the star on Karaoke Night. Enjoy the special on Taco Night or All-You-Can-Eat Fish Night. Get some great comfort foods at Fleig’s Cafe, which is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night. Come to Iguana's Cabos Bar And Grill where you can gather with friends and have a few drinks. Ferdy Flyer restaurant is family dining at its best with daily lunch and dinner specials.
The Monastery of Immaculate Conception is a place of heritage and beauty. Known as the "Castle on the Hill," the monastery is home to one of the nation’s largest communities of Benedictine women. The distinctive, recently-restored Romanesque dome rises majestically over the town of Ferdinand. If you look closely, there are 89 angels are present throughout the church. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guided tours are also available. The monastery gift shop, "For Heaven's Sake," offers handmade crafts from the sisters and other unique spiritual merchandise. The Kordes Center, also on the monastery grounds, offers a peaceful and rejuvenating getaway.
Ferdinand's parks are beautiful and well kept. The town is home to three lakes, all within minutes of others including Huntingburg Lake, Lincoln State Park, and Patoka Lake. Ferdinand is a dream-come-true for those who love the outdoors. Ferdinand Forest is just a few minutes outside the city limits and offers camping, hunting, swimming, fishing, hiking, and nature watching. For the amusement park fun-seeker, Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana is just 15 minutes south of Ferdinand off of Hwy 162.
Ferdinand's central location and accessibility to other southern Indiana counties makes it an ideal place to live and work, build a career, a business, or an industry. It’s a gateway to opportunity. Ferdinand is located 1/4 mile north of Interstate 64. A large industrial district on the northwest side of town is the home of Ferdinand’s largest manufacturers. A new industrial park adjacent to the interstate south of town accommodates new industry with convenient access for employees.
Access to quality education is important to the community. Ferdinand is home to Ferdinand Elementary and Forest Park Jr./Sr. High School. These institutions offer ideal student-to-teacher ratios and numerous academic and extracurricular programs. The Southeast Dubois County School Corporation has earned the highest category placement, an “A” rating, by the Indiana Department of Education’s annual accountability of schools.
Forest Park Jr./Sr. High School is a 7-12 grade school that offers fifteen dual credit courses to its students in various areas of study. Three of these classes are also presented as Advanced Placement courses. The boys basketball program won back-to-back state championships (2004-5/2005-6). The girls softball team took the state title for the 2000-2001 season.The marching band, known as the Marching Rangers, has won nine state championships since 1973.
Vincennes University is a two-year state college located in Vincennes and has a satellite campus in Jasper, just twenty minutes north of Ferdinand. For those who welcome a longer drive, educational institutions such as Indiana University South in New Albany, University of Louisville, University of Evansville, University of Southern Indiana, and Oakland City University provide further choices.