Waycross, Indiana

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Waycross, Indiana
Brown County's location in Indiana
Brown County's location in Indiana
Waycross is located in Brown County, Indiana
Location in Brown County
Coordinates: 39°18′13″N 86°20′39″W / 39.30361°N 86.34417°W / 39.30361; -86.34417Coordinates: 39°18′13″N 86°20′39″W / 39.30361°N 86.34417°W / 39.30361; -86.34417
CountryUnited States
Elevation705 ft (215 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)812 & 930
FIPS code18-81595[2]
GNIS feature ID445573

Waycross is an unincorporated community in Jackson Township, Brown County, in the U.S. state of Indiana.[3]

The community is home to the camp and conference center of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, which opened in 1957.


The Bilhiemer family built the original house (now called the Main House) and tried to farm the property. The farm failed and a man named Charlie Murphy bought the property. History tells that the Mr. Murphy tried to run a gambling operation out of the property. This too failed.

The leadership of Jim and Marian Mara in the early 1950s got Waycross off the ground. The summer camping program of the Diocese began in the 1940s and sessions were held at rented facilities. The Mara’s and Father Edward Callanan, Jr. purchased the original property. Additional property was added along the years, including 80 acres (320,000 m2) south of the main house (known as the Golf Course), and a large area that included land and a house that had been part of the Hickory Hill Farms operation. Bud Reahard and family purchased the Hickory Hill land. Hickory Hill became the site of the Hickory Hill Camp program, where campers learned primitive camp skills while staying in teepees, covered wagons or cabins. The name Waycross is described in the book edited by John Simmons, The History of Way cross-Hickory Hill Episcopal Camps 1957-1997. “The camp just happens to lie at the imaginary intersection of a cross that overlays the intersection of a cross that overlays the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. Hence the name Waycross, or where ways cross—a simple yet ingenious way of identifying its location that yielded one of the prettier sites in the state.”

Currently available for church, school and non-profit use, Waycross has a 32 room conference center with hotel style rooms, 13 rooms in the Main House and an adjacent sleeping wing with hotel and dorm style accommodations, 10 winterized camp cabins and the Hickory Hill Retreat House with rustic retreat and lodge space for 12-14 people. The summer camp program operates in June and July. The facility also hosts other camp programs for 2–3 weeks each summer. A climbing tower and low ropes challenge course are tools that are available for leadership development.


Waycross is located at 39°18′13″N 86°20′39″W / 39.30361°N 86.34417°W / 39.30361; -86.34417, on over 400 acres (1.6 km2) on Bear Creek Road, in Jackson Township. The site is centered in a valley near the intersection of Bear Creek and Richards Roads.


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Waycross, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved March 7, 2020.
  • Inman, N. Carol (1991). The Origins of 1001 Towns In Indiana. Indiana State Historical Association.