town in Indiana, United States

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 inEdit

Map of Ferdinand

By carEdit

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 aroundEdit

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


  • 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 nextEdit

  • 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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