Bill Monroe is known as the Father of Bluegrass music. His band, Monroe's Blue Grass Band, defined a standard for bluegrass music. In 1951, Bill Monroe bought some land in Bean Blossom and today it is where Bill Monroe's Music Park & Campground sits. Since 1967, it is where the oldest and continuous running Bluegrass Festival in the world takes place. This festival is famous and helped put Brown County on the map, bringing bluegrass fans to the Hoosier state year after year.
In 1997, he was introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry from 1939 until he died in 1996. He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Songwriter's Hall of Fame, Bluegrass Hall of Fame, SPBGMA's Preservation Hall of Greats, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and many more awards and achievements. Brown County is proud to house his Music Park & Campground along side of the Blue Grass Museum and Hall of Fame.
In 1999, the portion of Indiana State Road 135 running from Morgantown through Bean Blossom into Nashville, Indiana was dedicated to Bill Monroe and is known as the Bill Monroe Memorial Highway.