Martin Lodge and the original cabins
were built in 1932 of hand-hewn native stone and oak timbers
that were cut in the park. Open all year long, the Main Lodge
has two large lobbies with two fireplaces, a rustic public dining
room and 30 rooms. Another 54 rooms are located in the new addition.
Each bedroom contains two beds and a bathroom.
History of the Inn
Abe Martin has become a favorite son of Brown County and of
the State Park. The Abe Martin Lodge commemorates his connection
with the county.
For twenty-five years, from 1905-1930, "Abe Martin"
was the mouthpiece for Kin Hubbard's daily quips in The Indianapolis
News, which, accompanied by sketches of Abe and his friends
in action, were syndicated across the nation. Born in Bellefontaine,
Ohio, then settled in Indianapolis, Hubbard started the Abe
Martin character in 1904. At first Abe Martin belonged to no
particular locality, but on February 3, 1905, he announced,
"I'm goin' ter move ter Brown County Tewmorrow," and
the next day he was depicted in a wagon piled high with household
His comment was, "By cracky, it's sum travelin' ter git
ter Brown County." The reason for the move lay in the fact
that the steep hills and the general "picturesque-ness"
of that area lent themselves to humorous exaggeration and provided
the material Hubbard liked for his pictorial backgrounds.
Gradually many of Abe's neighbors came into being, to appear
in the pictures and text. The cottages of the Abe Martin Lodge
in the Park bear the names of these characters.
Much of Hubbard's humor is as timely now as it was during its
heyday, from 1905 to 1930. Will Rogers called Kin Hubbard "America's
Hubbard's cartoons played a significant part in drawing the
attention of artists and tourists to Brown County. They, in
turn, have made the area world famous. In dedication to his
memory, the Department of Natural Resources built Abe Martin
Lodge in 1932 on Kin Hubbard Ridge, naming the cottages after
his principle characters.