Innkeeper Spotlight: Legend of French Lick and Abbeydell Hall Event Center

Story by Karen Weik 

Ever dreamed of spending the night in the home of a former celebrity? If so, now’s your chance. Welcome to Legend of French Lick, former home of professional celebrity basketball player, and native son of French Lick, Larry Bird.

First playing for Indiana State Sycamores, Bird went on to be a famous player with the Boston Celtics. His home was the location for a Converse TV commercial, the movie Blue Chips, and a 2010 HBO special. Bird also hosted fellow basketball player, and one-time rival, Magic Johnson in this home.

In 2007, Mike and Debbie Hicks, long-time residents of Southern Indiana and business owners in Bedford, purchased Bird’s home. Renovations were made to update
it to become a boutique hotel and event center—yet maintain the flavor and many furnishings Bird had in it, for authenticity.

Owners Mike and Debbie Hicks

Today, the 20-acre property is perfect for a secluded and private getaway, wedding, reunion, corporate event or retreat. With six suites, three of which are master suites with garden tubs, it accommodates 20 people. And with its classic outdoor gazebo, heated pool with a cabana and full kitchen, lighted tennis and basketball courts, and central location to many Southern Indiana attractions, including nearby French Lick, it’s the ideal spot.

The crown jewel of this beauty though, is the event center, Abbeydell Hall. Once a garage for Bird’s car collection, it was lovingly transformed into a convention and event center, able to seat 350 people. Book your once-in-a-lifetime wedding here, or enjoy the world- class dinner shows, on par with those found in Branson, Missouri.

A full schedule and tickets can be found on the website, and highly recommended!

Legend of French Lick and Abbeydell Hall net a perfect score for your next event or getaway. Information and reservations found at or 812-936-5300.

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Your French Lick getaway will include an overnight stay in a luxury suite at the Legend of French Lick along with 2 dinner and show tickets at the Abbeydell Hall. The Legend is a unique former celebrity estate on 20 acres of lush green meadow in the countryside. The Abbeydell Hall is located adjacent to the Legend, boasting world-class entertainment as seen in Branson, MO and beyond. Enjoy a night of food, music, dancing and fun!

the show will be…

The American Variety Show

Reminiscent of the classic variety shows we all grew to love, audiences enjoy music from the 50s, 60s, 70s, Country, Broadway, Rock n’ Roll, and much more! America is celebrated through music, dance and laughter…this electrifying performance has it all!

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