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Attractions

Come discover a rich heritage and industrious beginnings which have created a diverse community with a unique blend of historic charm and modern convenience.

Hancock County Veterans Memorial

317-462-6122
South and State Sts. Greenfield

The construction of the Park has been completed, and was dedicated on Saturday, May 8, 2010. While the construction has been completed, this park was designed to accomodate the addition of granite memorial bricks for as long as there are veterans in Hancock County to honor. We do still have major gifts available for sponsorship, and will continue to seek financial support to provide on-going care and maintenance.

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who stepped up to honor Hancock County's Veterans with their gifts, time and talents.

The Hancock County Veterans Park has been created in the way of a visible and inviting garden/park that will ensure the service of every American Veteran with ties to Hancock County will be recognized in a permanent way. This will be a hallowed ground to show the respect and honor that our Hancock County Veterans deserve.

Museums and Art

James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home

317-462-8539 250 W. Main St. Greenfield

Hours of Operation:
Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fees: Adult $4.00
Seniors $3.50
6-17 $1.50
Student Tours $1.00
Under 5 FREE! Payment can be made in the form of cash or check.
The James Whitcomb Riley Old Home and Museum are owned by the City of Greenfield and operated by the Parks and Recreation Department. The Old Home, birthplace and boyhood home of the famed "Hoosier Poet", will take you back to life in the 1850's and '60's. The museum provides an opportunity to view many original works of Mr. Riley and visit the gift shop. The Old Home and Museum are located at 250 West Main Street. Both are open for visitation the 1st Tuesday of April to the last Saturday of October, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Sunday and major holidays). Tours are lead by the Riley Home Hostesses. School groups are welcome! For more information or to schedule a group tour, call (317) 462-8539 during open dates, (317) 477-4340 any other time. Special group tours are available during non-open times by calling (317) 462-8539 The last time slot for tours is 3:15 PM.
If you have a group and would like to schedule a special Pixy Garden program, that can be scheduled with at least 2 weeks notice.

Old Log Jail Museum

317-462-7780
Corner of Main and Apple Streets Greenfield

The Log Jail is Hancock County's third Jail. The contract for the erection of this jail was given to Jonathan Dunbar in 1853. He was allowed $358 for the project. The jail was built on the south side of the public [square] and was used until the 1871 jail was completed.(The 1871 jail is currently the Hancock County Prosecutor's office.) Iron was too expensive, at the time, so a good substitute for the jail's bars was produced by driving quantities of nails into heavy planks. The doors, floor and ceiling were also driven full of nails. This made it practically impossible for a prisoner to saw or cut his way through a door or wall.
The Log Jail was moved to West South Street (the current location of Vectren) and converted into a residence. Martha Bechenhokit donated the jail to the Hancock County Historical Society. The jail was moved by Greenfield House Movers to its present site in Riley Park, where it sits on land leased to the Society by the City of Greenfield.

The Chapel in the Park

317-462-7780
Corner of Main and Apple Streets Greenfield

The Chapel in the Park, which houses a major portion of the Hancock County Historical Society's (HCHS) collection, was constructed in Philadelphia, Indiana as the Philadelphia Methodist Church in 1865. It was built of hand-hewn beams, joined together with notches.

In the early years, the structure was located about a block south of the National Road. It set nestled amid trees down a short lane. It had a flat floor at the time, and it was filled with narrow pews which could seat 250 to 300 people. There was only one room and tall windows of clear glass to light the interior.

Around 1900 the church was moved so it set closer to the National Road. An addition was added to the rear of the church in 1949, and classrooms were added to the front of the church. A new steeple built entirely of 8-by-8's now adorned the roof. Inside was a 31-inch bell weighing between 1,200 to 1,500 lbs. In addition, the floor was slanted to allow those in the back of the church a better view. These changes gave the church an air of a much finer building and also helped to accommodate the congregation's growing needs.

The building served the community well until 1981 when the congregation prepared to build a new church. The old building was donated to the HCHS at that time and plans were made to physically move the chapel to Riley Park.
In preparation for the move, the 1949 addition was torn off from the building. The bell and its steeple had to be removed because it was too high to cope with the maze of wires which stretched across the road. On June 3, 1981 the chapel made its way along US 40 through downtown Greenfield to its new home in Greenfield's Riley Park. The six mile trip was not an easy one, as several stop lights, telephone, cable and electric lines had to be moved in order to allow clearance of the 80-ton building. Luckily, the HCHS was able to get the fees waived for the removal and replacement of the stop lights amongst other things. Boyer House movers were in charge of the actual moving of the building, including loading the structure onto a rolling platform. The total cost of moving the building was $20,000.

The whole trip took approximately four hours with the procession receiving a special police escort. The chapel and its steeple finally arrived at Riley Park where a new foundation and a basement were waiting for its arrival. The building was lowered into place, and a new era began for the HCHS.

The Chapel's basement houses several exhibits pertaining to Hancock County's history. It also serves as a storage area for other artifacts. The main sanctuary area is set-up like a church and can be used for church services and weddings. There are also several pictures and artifacts that adorn the walls, and are on display in cases.

Dr. Wilson's Office: A Country Doctor's Museum

765-738-6000
Main and Railroad Sts., Shirley

Jane Ross Reeves Octagon House

765-445-0062
400 S. Railroad St., Shirley

Shirley Railroad Museum

765-738-6000 or 765-738-6561
Railroad St., Shirley

Antiques

The Midwest is a mecca for antique lovers. If you drive east of Indianapolis on U.S. 40 into Hancock County, you can begin your own antique adventure that will lead you to Antique Alley, a stretch of antique stores on U.S. 40 from Knightstown to Richmond. Although we are not officially on Antique Alley, we are a great place to start the tour.

GREENFIELD

A Touch of Home

317-468-0277
111 W. Main St. | Greenfield

Black Cat Vintage & Antique Furniture

317-441-7106
708 W. County Road 100 N. | Greenfield

Carolyn's Antiques

317-462-0200
202 N. State St. | Greenfield
Website: Not Available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Carolyns-Antiques/162667000419609

Cynthia's Hallmark

317-462-6749
1584 N. State St. | Greenfield

J. W. Riley's Emporium and Doll Repair

317-462-5268
107 W. Main St. | Greenfield

Orphan Annies Mercantile & Posey Shack

317-462-5089
16 W. Main St. | Greenfield | Get Map
Website: Not Available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Orphan-Annie-Mercantile-Posey-Shack/161615077196026

Red Ribbon Antiques

317-462-5211
101 W. Main St. | Greenfield

Reflecting Memories

317-462-5268
107 W. Main St. | Greenfield | Get Map
Website: Not Available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Reflecting-Memories/162200717143418

The Red Rooster

317-462-0655
1001 W. Main St. | Greenfield | Get Map
Website: Not Available
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Red-Rooster/135337073181601

The Sparrow's Nest

317-462-2900 or 317-462-6386
113 W. Main St. | Greenfield
Website: Not Available

Timeless Treasures

317-468-0417
113 W. Main St. | Greenfield
Website: Not Available

Treasures to Cash

317-462-6999
401 N. State St. | Greenfield

Ursula's Lamp Shop

317-462-2000
115 W. Main St. | Greenfield

Way Back When

317-997-4989
105 W. Main St. | Greenfield

McCORDSVILLE

Alice's Antiques & Stripping

317-335-2452
5444 W. SR 234 | McCordsville
Website: Not Available

McCordsville Mercantile

317-335-3355
6288 W. Broadway St. | McCordsville
Website: Not Available

SHIRLEY

Granny's Antiques & Party Room

765-738-6518
203 Main St. | Shirley
Website: Not Available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Grannys-Antique-Party-Room/126138440773111

 

 

 


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