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Rensselaer, Indiana

 

Originally platted in 1839 and named Newton, the town's name was changed to Rensselaer in 1844 after James Van Rensselaer, a merchant from New York, took over the land from Joseph D. Yeoman.

Rensselaer has all the charm of small-town living, with the conveniences of a larger city.

As the Jasper County seat, Rensselaer boasts a beautiful, historic courthouse at the center of the town. The courthouse, which was built in 1898, is surrounded by quaint shops and restaurants. Shop at unique stores such as Long's Gifts and The Willow Switch. For a tasty meal, check out Bub's BBQ for tender brisket, pulled pork and ribs, along with unique homemade sides. City Office and Pub is a local favorite for great pub food and Clauss Bakery and Café is a popular destination for delicious donuts or hearty lunch fare. Busy Bee Freeze, open during the warmer months, is a great place to get yummy ice cream treats.

In the warmer months, the courthouse grounds are the site of the semi-weekly farmer's market and the Little Cousin Jasper Festival. Rensselaer also hosts a popular cruise night and is home to the annual Jasper County Fair.

Additionally, Rensselaer has two movie theaters, a bowling alley, a town pool and several beautiful parks. Sports fans can watch exciting college games at St. Joseph College or take in a high school game.

Rensselaer not only offers many shopping, dining and entertainment options, but the town has beautiful and historic architectural features as well, from the downtown storefronts to the neighboring homes.

Visitors can stay at a bed and breakfast in one of those historic homes, The White House on Park Avenue, or stay at a modern hotel, like the Holiday Inn Express Rensselaer.

There is plenty to experience in this charming town.

Header image courtesy of J. Stephen Conn.

If you would like more information about Rensselaer, please contact: 

City of Rensselaer
124 S. Rensselaer Street
Rensselaer, IN 47978
(219) 866-5212
website

Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce
116B North Front Street
Rensselaer, IN 47978
(219) 866-8223
facebook page

Jasper County Economic Development Organization
223 W Kellner Boulevard
Rensselaer, IN 47978
(219) 866-3080
website

 

In and Around Rensselaer
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Bub's BBQ- Rensselaer

  • 221 W Washington Street
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978

Bub's BBQ puts northwest Indiana on the culinary map with our old school, slow-cooked meats and homemade sides. … More

Strack and Van Til Rensselaer

  • 861 S. College Ave
  • Rennsselaer, IN 47978
  • Region: Rensselaer
  • Phone: (219) 866-8080
  • Website

Full service grocery and fresh food store. Open 6am to midnight. … More

Busy Bee

  • 331 W Washington St
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Region: Rensselaer
  • Phone: (219) 866-3233

City of Rensselaer

  • 124 S Van Rensselaer St
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Region: Rensselaer
  • Phone: (219) 866-5212

City Office & Pub

  • 114 S Van Rensselaer st
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Region: Rensselaer
  • Phone: (219) 866-9916

Clauss Bakery & Cafe

  • 110 W Washington St
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Region: Rensselaer
  • Phone: (219) 866-7970

Curtis Creek Country Club

  • 5385 S 1080 W
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Region: Rensselaer
  • Phone: (219) 866-7729

Devon's Family Restaurant

  • 732 S College Ave
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Region: Rensselaer
  • Phone: (219) 866-7153

Economy Inn Rensselaer

  • 9439 Indiana 114
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Region: Rensselaer
  • Phone: (219) 866-4172

Exit #215 Antiques

  • 3300 W. Clark St.
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Region: Rensselaer
  • Phone: (219) 866-5140
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Special Events

Prairie Arts Council Summer Festival

July 26, 2014
  • Location: Potawatomi Park
  • 117 N Van Rensselaer Street
  • Rensselaer, Indiana 47978
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-866-5278
  • Website

ROCK THE ARTS is the Prairie Arts Council's summer festival that takes place July 26th at Potawatomi Park in Rensselaer. Interactive art, live national touring musicians, art fair, food and beer come together for this one day event. This free festival is open to all ages and will have a something for everyone! More

Jasper County Fall Festival

August 22, 2014 to August 24, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Jasper County Fairgrounds
  • State Road 114
  • Rensselaer, IN
  • Website | Email

Special events at the festival include mud drags, demolition derby, and lawn mower derby. There will also be a Corn Hole Tournament. Come out to enjoy the fun! More

Little Cousin Jasper Festival

September 05, 2014 to September 07, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Jasper County Courthouse Square
  • 115 West Washington Street
  • Rensselaer, IN 47978
  • Phone: 219-866-5001
  • Website

An annual three day festival emphasizing the history, people and culture of Rensselaer. This festival has been part of the community since 1974 and includes activities for young and old. More

Remington Ride

September 13, 2014
  • Location: Remington Community Park
  • 16227-16489 630W
  • Remington, IN
  • Times: Full ride 8am to 4pm, Half ride 12pm to 4pm
  • Admission: $35 includes the half century ride, support, lunch and the stylish event T-shirt.
  • Website

Enjoy a scenic, half-century tour through the northwestern Indiana countryside. Serious cyclists, hobbyists and those just looking for active family fun are all welcome to participate. The approximately 50-mile Remington Ride begins at the Remington park and has interesting rest stops at a winery, an historic private college, and an award-winning agritourism attraction. ... More

Sandhill Crane Festival and Car Show

September 20, 2014
  • Downtown
  • Wheatfield, IN 46392
  • Times: Starts at 10am
  • Phone: 219-616-4732
  • Website

The festival's biggest draw is a car, motorcycle and tractor show with an awards ceremony. There will also be music, children's activities, food and craft vendors. More

OktoberFest

September 27, 2014
  • Downtown
  • Rensselaer, IN
  • Times: 5pm to 10pm

Enjoy a German-style evening of fun! The food court features menus from local restaurants plus there will be beer, wine and live music. More

On-Going Events

DeMotte's Market in the Park

May 07, 2014 to August 27, 2014 (Every Wednesday)
  • Location: Spencer Park
  • East side of Halleck Street
  • DeMotte, Indiana 46310
  • Times: 2pm to 7pm
  • Phone: 219-964-8626
  • Website

Crafters, food, produce and live entertainment. More

Remington Main Street Farmers' Market

June 07, 2014 to October 25, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • 36 S Ohio Street
  • Remington, Indiana 47977
  • Times: 7:30am to 11:30am

Come enjoy a small town farmers' market in Remington, Indiana.   More

Rensselear Farmers' Market

July 05, 2014 to October 25, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Courthouse Square
  • Rensselaer, Indiana 47978
  • Times: 7:30am to 10am

Providing a convenient location for local vendors and shoppers. More

Fountain Park Chautauqua

July 19, 2014 to August 03, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Fountain Park Chautauqua
  • 6244 W. 1600 S.
  • Remington, IN 47977
  • Website

Fountain Park promotes the concepts and values of the early Chautauqua movement. There are nondenominational Sunday worship services and daily devotions. Also afternoon and evening programs or speakers provide cultural education and family entertainment. Some of the notable people who have appeared at Fountain Park Chautauqua include William Jennings Bryan, Billy Sunday, Geor... More

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