It was the early 1800s before white men set foot in the territory that would eventually encompass the 409 square miles of Hendricks County. When Indiana’s first governor Jonathon Jennings negotiated the Treaty of St. Mary’s in 1818 he opened up the area for settlement. Thanks to the treaty local Indians were told they had three years to remove themselves west of the Mississippi River. Once they were gone settlement took place quickly.
The Indiana Legislature created Hendricks County on December 20 1823. Within two years the population had grown to approximately 1,000.
These new settlers saw a lush,verdant land with fertile soil and acres of forests. A jewel in the wilderness. It was a very appealing landscape then and still is today. Lovely farms and small communities dot the countryside of the third largest county within the Indianapolis Metropolitan area.
Hendricks County is currently the second fastest growing county in Indiana and 85th in the nation with a population of over 145,500. Real estate in this area is booming. Commercial sites and beautiful homes are available all over the county.
Interstates 70, and 74 US Hwys 40 and 36 and multiple byways like the Ronald Reagan Parkway, Dan Jones Road and highways 75, 267 and 39 all cross the county and offer easy accessibility between the towns in the county and to Indianapolis.
The county contains several towns with populations near or over 10,000. Danville, the county seat has 9,600 while Brownsburg as 23,000, Avon 16,000 and Plainfield 30,000.
Several smaller towns found out the county and include Amo, Coatesville, Clayton, Lizton, Pittsboro, Jamestown and North Salem. These areas all have lovely homes and offer all kinds of amenities for families.
A couple of these towns are located on the historic Old National Road (US Hwy 40). By 1830 The National Road came to Hendricks County. This was the only road connecting the pioneer wilderness with civilization east of the Appalachian Mountains. A steady stream of immigrants were rolling through on the new highway. Because Hendricks County was organized savvy pioneers determined there were riches available simply by building hotels and inns along the roadway.
Most of the current population of the county is concentrated in the eastern half of the county where the three largest towns are located–Plainfield, Avon and Brownsburg. The western half is still predominantly rural, agricultural land.
The History of Hendricks County published in 1914 reported, “In 1823 Indianapolis was a mere village with a few log cabins and a population not to exceed two hundred. In fact, the whole population of the state did not exceed one hundred and fifty thousand.”
Now there are over 146,000 people, 52,368 households and 40,000 families residing in Hendricks County. With over 55,500 housing units to choose from, people searching for homes can find just about any kind of home they want.
The median income for a household in Hendricks County is $50,000 and the median income for a family is $80,000. Only 5.7% of the population live below the poverty level. The cost of living is 7% lower than the rest of the US.
It’s a great time to buy a home in Hendricks County. Homes have appreciated over 5% in the last year and 6.22% in the last ten years. The current median home price is $152,200.
The largest town in the county is Plainfield with about 30,000 residents. Because of its proximity to the Indianapolis International Airport, the area continues to grow by leaps and bounds. All kinds of commercial real estate can be found on Plainfield’s east side.
Both Interstate 70 and the National Road (US 40) make the area highly accessible. It boasts the country’s’ largest cluster of hotels and a large outdoor shopping mall. Additionally the historic Oasis Diner has been refurbished and offers authentic old fashioned dining. The popular Chateau Thomas Winery as well as the Black Swan Pub are great venues for wine and beer lovers.
Plainfield has a stellar park system that include hiking trails, an aquatic center, Splash Island, fishing ponds and walking trails all through the town. A jewel in their recreational crown is Sodalis Nature Park. This is a 210 acre woodland and reforestation area with an abundance of native Indiana wildlife It is a protected conservation area established to protect the endangered Indiana Bat.
If you are home shopping, Plainfield is a wonderful blend of old historic homes, modern housing developments and great neighborhoods.
The county seat, Danville is the center of the county and is a very unique blend of rural life and small town suburbia. It’s an area loaded with history and culture. Founded in 1824 the town was incorporated in 1835. You’ll find art and music in great supply here. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra comes to Ellis Park every year and the Royal Theater hosts an annual Indiana Short Film Festival.
There are plenty of local festivals including one that celebrates Mayberry in the Midwest, First Friday cruise-ins, Summer Sounds on the Square, Fair on the Square and a fabulous Winterland Light Show.
US Hwy. 36 runs through the center of the town making accessibility to other towns and to Indianapolis easy.
House hunters will find wonderful neighborhoods with great homes of every size and shape. There is plenty of farm land available around the area. Something for everyone in this jewel of a town.
Brownsburg, established in 1848 is the second-largest town in Hendricks County. It lays in the northeast corner of the county and has about 23,000 residents. Both Interstate 74 and US 136 run through the town.
Brownsburg has plenty of amenities including a shopping area, lots of restaurants and a great park. It is also the home of Lucas Oil Raceway which features a slew of racing events. These include the Chevrolet Performance US Nationals, the Day before the 500 USAC sprint car race, No Hatin’ Drag Racing events, Slamology, the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience and much more. The Northfield Drive area is lined with the headquarters and garages of all sorts of racing teams.
Old established neighborhoods mix with new housing developments in Brownsburg. Easy access to Indianapolis via I-74 make this area perfect for commuters.
The third largest town, Avon wasn’t incorporated until 1995. It is the fastest growing community in the county. It has more than doubled in size over the past 15 years. Over 16,000 people call Avon home today.
It’s proximity and easy access to Indianapolis makes the area a popular location for commuters. Avon also offers easy access to the Indianapolis International Airport making it about a 20 minute ride for frequent flyers.
US Hwy 36 runs through the town connecting it to the westside of Indianapolis. Just about every franchise restaurant and retail store can be found along this highway. The Washington Township Park is found on the west end of the highway. There is a huge playground, dog park, splash pad, hiking and biking trails and great pavillion center.
Even though Avon wasn’t incorporated until 1995, in the past several years home values in this area have gone up over 86% and are still rising. The median list price per square foot is $99 about a $1 more than those in the Indianapolis Metro area.
Avon is made up mostly of housing developments which have sprung up over the last 20 years. If you like living in a suburban area with all the amenities of city life, Avon is perfect for you. Plenty of activities for families and singles can be found here.
The schools in this community are known for music awards. Academically, they are a top performer and offer great sports activities. The system includes a high school and an academy for grades 9-12 shared with the Brownsburg schools, two middle schools, two intermediate schools and seven elementary schools. Additionally there are two private schools.
Northwest Hendricks County is home to the towns of Pittsboro, Lizton and North Salem. These towns all offer authentic small town experiences. Pittsboro is the second fastest growing town in the county. It is the childhood home of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon and U.S. Olympic gymnast Bridget Sloan. A one room schoolhouse built in 1883 can be found in here in the town founded in 1834.
The town of North Salem was established in 1835 and incorporated as a town in 1899. It is also home to McCloud Nature Park. The premier nature park in central Indiana, McCloud has 232 acres to be explored. There are six miles of hiking trails, access to Big Walnut Creek and year-round programs at the Nature Center. A restored iron truss bridge over 100 years old can be viewed along with interactive exhibits and weekly nature programs.
The southwest corner of Hendrick’s County is the Mill Creek area that includes the towns of Amo, Clayton, Coatesville and Stilesville. The Vandalia Trail begins in Amo and is a beautiful 12.3 mile trail for hikers, bikers and horseback riders. It stretches all the way to Greencastle in Putnam County.
Just east of Amo is Clayton, home of the Clayton Cafe and Lambert Park.
Next is the town of Coatesville which sits along the western border of Hendricks County. In 1948 the town was blown away by a devastating tornado but was rebuilt. The Vandalia Trail runs through the town connecting the Amo and Greencastle portions of the hiking/biking trail.
South of Coatesville is Stilesville, located on U.S. 40. The town is not much more than a crossroads. The population today is just 330. It was, in its early days, a favorite stopping spot for early pioneers. It is highly rural, agricultural area.
One of the highlights of Hendricks County is the many farmer’s markets offering fresh produce. Indiana grown fruits and vegetables as well as farm-raised meat and dairy, handmade items as well as a chance to connect with farmers and neighbors.
The Avon Farmers Market is open every Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm June to September and is located in the parking lot of the Hendricks Regional health on US Hwy. 36. In addition to all the products there are food vendors, a kids zone and live music.
The Danville Farmers Market is located on the courthouse square on Saturday mornings from 8 am to noon. Plenty of fruits, veggies, meat, eggs and local honey as well as handmade soap, crafts and even kettle corn are available.
The Brownsburg Farmers market is the perfect place to spend a Thursday evening. From 4 to 7 pm local vendors can be found at the Town Hall. You will find everything from barbecue to baked goods as well as plenty of fresh produce. They offer a kids activity area too.
Located on the beautiful grounds of the Plainfield Friends church in downtown, Plainfield’s Farmers Market is open every Wednesday through mid September. They have over 50 vendors in a lovely shady lawn. Food vendors, crafts and plenty of produce can be found here.
Pittsboro also offers a Wednesday evening market in July and August. Vendors can be found in Scamahorn Park and operates from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
And, if you miss all these great markets you can stop by the Belleville Farm Market on US Hwy 40. Open from April to October, this family-owned market offers locally grown plants, produce, honey, jams and Amish popcorn.
Whether you are looking for large home, apartment, condo, farm or commercial business sites, Hendricks County has it all. It’s no wonder this county is one of the fastest growing in the state. City living, suburban life, country living, you can have it all here. Parks, restaurants, shopping, farmers markets, antiques, history, great schools and easy access to the big city, Hendricks County is one of Indiana’s crown jewels.