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Ferdinand is a small town in Southwestern Indiana.


Monastery of Immaculate Conception

Ferdinand (pop. 2,300) is primarily a farming community, with a number of furniture factories.

Founded in 1839 by Father Joseph Kundek, a Croatian priest who was instrumental in the creation of several German Catholic communities in this area of southern Indiana, Ferdinand was named after the Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria.

Get in[edit]

Map of Ferdinand

By car[edit]

Interstate 64 passes just to the south of Ferdinand, IN. Use exit 63, then go north on Indiana highway 162 to enter the Ferdinand town limits.

Get around[edit]

Indiana highway 162, also called Main Street, is the main road through Ferdinand.


  • A total solar eclipse on Monday 8 April 2024 starts at 3:04PM local time and lasts 2 min 30 sec. The chances of a clear sky are 35%. The track of totality is northeast from Mexico and Texas to Illinois, then across Indiana to Ohio and the Canada-New England border.
  • 1 Monastery Immaculate Conception, 802 E. 10th St, +1 812 367-1411, fax: +1 812 367-2313. The Ferdinand Benedictines are one of the largest Benedictine communities of women in the United States. Guided tours and souvenir shop, visitors welcomed to join in prayers or Mass.


  • Ferdinand State Forest, 6583 East State Road 264, +1 812 367-1524, fax: +1 812 367-2846. Six miles northeast of town on Route 264. Camping, fishing, swimming, picnicking, and hiking.






Many areas, particularly near the convent, may not have cell phone reception.

Go next[edit]

  • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial - Learn more about the 14 years Abraham Lincoln spent living in Indiana, from the age 7 to 21, during the years of 1816 to 1830.
  • Santa Claus, a small village with a Christmas theme, is on Route 162 near the Lincoln State Park.
Routes through Ferdinand
St. LouisMount Vernon ← Jct to Evansville  W  E  CorydonLouisville

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