Danville is a charming town that offers a true, small-town experience which includes all the advantages of being next door to a major metropolitan area. Just 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis, the town is one of the state’s fastest growing areas.
Known for excellent schools, small community values and a historic downtown, Danville has all types of real estate available for interested home buyers. A variety of historic homes line the Main Street, most of which date back to the 1800s. A few have been converted into apartments but the majority are single family homes. The median home price is $174,900 making homes affordable for most people.
The county seat located in Danville traces its history back to 1824. Named after Daniel Clark, the first justice of the peace, the city has a population of around 10,000. In 1825 the post office was established and the town itself was incorporated in 1835.
Because of its long history as the county seat, the town remains the focal point of Hendricks County. Hendricks County Hospital and the Hendricks County Government are major employers in the town. However, it’s closeness to Indianapolis also allows residents to take advantage of employment opportunities in the city while enjoying living in a small town.
Danville’s courthouse square historic district was placed on the National Register of historic Places in December 2010. The centerpiece of downtown is a lovely Neo Classical style courthouse made of Indiana limestone. The building features Doric columns, stained glass and a number of hand-crafted details throughout.
The original courthouse was built on the site in 1863 but was demolished in 1907 when a portion of the roof collapsed. It was rebuilt on the current site by Indianapolis architect Clarence Martindale. Plenty of prime commercial real estate is available in both downtown and the surrounding area.
Across the street from the courthouse is a the historic Royal Theater which has been in business since 1927. With ticket prices at $6 for adults and $4 for children the theater is a popular spot. Family oriented homeowners find this place a real treasure.
A number of small local businesses line the square including a number of restaurants such as the highly recognized Mayberry Cafe, Diesel’s Sports Grill, the Courthouse Grounds and Coffee Shop and Frank’s Place. A block away is the Bread Basket Cafe and Bakery. The Porch Tea Room with it’s quaint schoolhouse atmosphere is a delightful lunch spot. Further down the road is Dave’s All American Pizza and Los Patios. Several other restaurants can also be found throughout the town.
The climate in Danville is typical of Indiana. The coldest month is January with an average high of 36 degrees and July the warmest with an average high of 85 degrees. No matter what the weather is, Danville residents enjoy their lovely community park.
Ellis Park provides local residents with plenty of outdoor amenities including baseball and softball diamonds, football and soccer fields, basketball courts and a sledding hill During December, the parks 49 acres are transformed into a holiday spectacular with Winterland Light Show. Over a million twinkling lights adorn displays throughout the park from Thanksgiving to New Years.
Ellis Park is also home to the Gill Family Aquatic Center. The pool was originally opened to the public in 1959 and refinished in 1982. In 2005 the pool was completely reconstructed and named the Gill Family Aquatic Center. The pool offers zero entry, lazy river, vortex and two 125 feet water slides. Beautiful homes surround the park.
The earliest beginnings of the Danville park system can be traced back to 1913 when 49 acres were set aside to protect the town’s water supply. In 1971 the park was renamed in honor of Harve Ellis who was the Park Superintendent for over 40 years.
Another popular feature at the park is the amphitheater which allows for a wide range of musical guests to entertain the community. Playgrounds, shelter houses and a gazebo can also be found in the park.
Connected to Ellis Park, Blanton Woods Nature Park offers a great outdoor venue. Fifty-three acres of floodplain, upland forest and open meadows were donated to the town in 1993 by Jeanette Blanton and family. The land was given with the agreement it would be used for nature study and no active recreational areas would be built.
In 2000 the town purchased the Blanton home and 20 aces. A pedestrian bridge was erected over White Lick Creek and today thousands of hikers cross the bridge which joins the nature park with Ellis Park.
In addition to Ellis Park, Twin Bridges Recycling and Disposal Facility donated 490 acres to the town for recreational activities. These include soccer fields, baseball/softball diamonds, trails, shelter houses and open spaces. Twin Bridges is located between 150 east and Cartersburg Road.
For such a small town, Danville offers a lot of attractions for tourists and homeowners alike. These include Beasley’s Orchard, Hendricks County Historical Museum and the Danville Public Library.
Built in 1903, the Danville Public Library is a Carnegie Library. It’s a beautiful building with neoclassical columns and cornices. It houses numerous historic records, books and documents significant to the town, county and state. A large genealogical section provides census records and a host of other historic information. Carnegie libraries were built with money donated by Andrew Carnegie between 1883 and 1929.
Located on S. Washington Street, the Hendricks County Historical Museum can be found inside the former Sheriff’s jailhouse. It was built in 1866 and served as the county jail until 1974. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only surviving example of the Second Empire style of architecture in the county. The museum has preserved many items depicting life in the 1800s such as furniture, an antique phone and a Pump Organ (also known as a Reed Organ). It’s a fun destination for history buffs as well as entire families. This former jail offers a great opportunity to learn about central Indiana’s historic past.
The museum also includes items relating to the history of Indiana Central Normal College (later called Canterbury College) which was located in Danville from 1878 to 1951. It was part of the state-wide university system and offered traditional college courses. It was well known as a teacher training institution. In 1942 it was renamed Canterbury College. It was closed due to bankruptcy in 1951. The building is currently used for Ivy Tech classes in conjunction with Danville Community School.
Beasley’s Orchard is the go to spot in Danville particularly in the fall during their Heartland Apple Festival. Attendees can pick their own pumpkins and purchase apples and cider, take a hayride or check out the huge corn maze. Beasley’s was founded in 1946 by Milton and Irene Beasley who raised hogs, cattle and chickens on their family farm and tended a small apple orchard. A prime piece of real estate offering lots of fun for tourists and local residents.
October isn’t the only month with great festival fun in Danville. Every year in May the three-day Mayberry in the Midwest Festival takes place. Centered around the courthouse square the event celebrates all things Mayberry (as in the famous North Carolina town from the Andy Griffith 1960’s television show). Arts and crafts and plenty of food vendors abound. Opie look alike contests as well as the occasional appearance of celebrities from the old show entain community members and guests.
During September Fair on the Square draws large numbers of visitors to the streets around the historic courthouse square. Over 100 booths are open featuring arts and crafts, food and entertainment. Other activities take place within walking distance of one another. A half-marathon is sponsored by Danville Parks and Recreation, the Fire Department hosts their annual meal stand, the historical museum has an open house, the public library has its book sale and the Farmers’ Market vendors offer their goods on the square. The fair is free and open to the public.
People searching for real estate or new homes in the Danville area will find more than festivals and history in this town. An excellent school system where teamwork and collaboration are the cornerstone of this community.
Students experience a unique personalized learning environment where each student is provided with his or her own scholastic path. Nearly half of all Danville residents are college educated with 7 percent of them holding advanced graduate degrees.
The Danville school system offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities from academic teams to a Robotics Club. Plenty of opportunity for broadening the minds of children is offered. Over 50 percent of all students participate in these extracurricular activities.
Athletics play an important role in the life of Danville students. Through participation in interscholastic athletics, lessons in sportsmanship teamwork, competition and how to win and lose gracefully are an integral part of the community’s athletic program.
Danville offers new home buyers a great opportunity to experience the warmth and security of a small town while having all the big city amenities only 20 minutes away. Get a taste of the good life, Danville offers it all–smalltown experience with big city ambience.