Jeffersonville

Overview

Introduction

Jeffersonville, Indiana, which touts itself as the "Sunny Side of Louisville (Kentucky)," includes the Falls of the Ohio. Its 386 million-year-old fossil beds are among the largest exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world. Visitors can walk on remnants of a coral reef laid down when the area formed part of an ocean sea bed. Lewis and Clark began their epic journey together in nearby Clarksville in 1803, and Jeffersonville's strategic position directly across the river from Louisville was significant during the Civil War.

The Howard Steamboat Museum in Jeffersonville is located in a 22-room, late-Victorian mansion belonging to the Howard family of Howard's Shipyards.

G.A. Schimpff's Confectionery opened its Jeffersonville store in 1891 and is famous for its cinnamon redhots and hard-candy fish. Visitors can stop in for a glimpse of candy making or to enjoy an old-fashioned cherry Coke or chocolate malted in the authentic 1950s-style soda fountain.

Star Cruises offers brunch, lunch and dinner excursions on the Ohio River, which forms the southern boundary of Indiana.

If you have time while in the area, a visit to the Concrete Lady is an odd but fun stop for the entire family. It's one of the largest yard and garden ornament stores you'll ever find. From fountains and bird baths to pig pots and gnomes of all sizes and dispositions, the Concrete Lady has them all.

Jeffersonville is also known as the birthplace of two fast-food chains. Both Rally's and Papa John's Pizza originated there.

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