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. City Office and Pub is a local favorite for great pub food and Clauss Bakery and Cafe 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 farmers 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 parks as well as beautiful and historic architectural features 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 at a modern hotel, such as the Holiday Inn Express Rensselaer.
Header image courtesy of J. Stephen Conn.