If you’re looking for a hometown with a relaxed pace, you might want to consider small town life in Hancock County.
Just 30 minutes from downtown Indianapolis you’ll find the charming town of Greenfield, the county seat. The attractive vintage downtown offers shops, restaurants, and other businesses near the imposing 19th century county courthouse. Greeting you at the main entrance of the courthouse is a statue of celebrated Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley; history buffs will enjoy a trip through the museum at Riley’s boyhood home just a few blocks away.
While you’re strolling through downtown, sample some handmade caramel and truffles at Greenfield Chocolates, pick up some unique gifts at Riley’s Emporium and Antiques or Ella June’s, and grab pulled pork sandwiches and other gastropub specialties at family-owned Griggsby’s Station.
The Hancock County Historical Society offers tours at their Old Log Jail (in use from the 1850s to the 1870s) and Chapel in the Park museum sites, and presents events throughout the year. If historic homes are of interest, nearby Shirley, IN has an 1879 vintage octagon-shaped house, one of only five still left in the state.
When you’re ready to get some exercise and fresh air, Beckenholdt Park has a hiking path through wetlands, a finishing pier, observation deck, and dog park. Or discover the Pennsy Trail, an 11 mile path created when the tracks of a defunct railroad line were paved over. The bike and walking path winds through wooded regions of Hancock and Marion counties.
Find out more about living in this county at the Hancock County Visitor’s Bureau website or in their annual visitor’s guidebook.