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Ferdinand is a small town in Southwestern Indiana, 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.[1] According to the US Census Bureau, Ferdinand now has a population of over 2,300 people.

Ferdinand is primarily a farming community, with a number of furniture factories also providing significant employment.

Get in[edit]

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. Note that many areas, particularly near the convent, may not have cell phone reception.


  • Monastery Immaculate Conception - The Ferdinand Benedictines are one of the largest Benedictine communities of women in the United States.








Go next[edit]

  • Holiday World & Splashin' Safari A large theme park located just south of Ferdinand in Santa Claus, Indiana. It has three of the best wooden roller coasters in the world, "The Raven", "The Legend", and "The Voyage". Included in the price of admission is the water park Splashin' Safarii. Splashin' Safari has several world class water slides including a giant 60' bowl slide named "bakuli" set to open in 2007.
  • Ferdinand State Forest - A short drive down Indiana highway 164, the Ferdinand State Forest offers camping, fishing, swimming, picnicking, and hiking. [3]
  • 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. [4]
Routes through Ferdinand
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