Community supports reopening of Billie Creek Village


ROCKVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) – A living history museum gets new life.

Billie Creek Village closed their doors a little more than a year ago, with the owner trying to sell the property.

After demand from the community the village is back up and running.

“It’s a little gem in the community,” said Donnetta Polomski.

Tucked in Rockville, Indiana Billie Creek Village is where Polomski and her family spend their Sunday afternoons.

“When my kids were little, we brought them here almost every Sunday. We went to church and then we came over here and spent the day, so I was so excited that I was going to be able to share it with my grandkids,” she said.

Families hoping to carry on tradition is one of the reasons the village has re-opened after a year of being closed to the public.

“People that were here when they were in fourth grade are brining their fourth graders back to learn the village,” said Charles Cooper, Owner of Billie Creek Village.

From a blacksmith, to spinning, and even a bakery, slowly the village is returning to what it once was.

“There have been a lot of volunteers, and we have just had a big outpour people who have said how glad they are that there is some life back in the village,” said Hollie Wyatt, who works at the village.

The village is currently running on donations and volunteers.

“Anybody that has any type of special skill and they want to show somebody how to make it, craft it, or how it’s done, we welcome it,” said Wyatt.

While it still has some growing to do, the historic village continues to capture the hearts of those who visit.

“We are so worried about the future that we tend to forget the past,” said Polomski.

Billie Creek is open on Saturdays and Sundays.

The owner said he is still trying to sell the property.

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