Today, just northwest of Indianapolis, twenty minutes from downtown, under three hours from Chicago and a million miles from spoiled, you'll find Zionsville Indiana, a quaint, quiet village in the middle of suburbia. Featuring dozens of preserved historical homes - some easily a century old - this small town's tree-lined streets offer you a pleasant view of a bygone time. Think of that little Iowa town in Broadway's "The Music Man," but without the slick uniform salesman, the barbershop quartet or the dancing in the streets. It's the flavor of a simpler, friendlier time.
So it's just a bunch old houses, you say? Nah ... it's a look, a feel, an attitude. For example, Zionsville is one of the few towns in America that has preserved its brick Main Street. Plus, along that main street, dozens of locally-owned shops offer the personal items and dining you'd think from this type of town. It's a variety to fit the mood you're in, from uniquely fashionable shops to rare and vintage stores, as well as fine restaurants, quaint cafes and neighborhood taverns.
Locationally(?), Zionsville offers easy access to the services of Indy's major metropolitan area, while still maintaining its distinctive country village charm and quality of life.
Zionsville's early story is a fairly typical Indiana tale. In the 1820’s, settlers pushing northward put down roots near the water and trails leading to the Eagle Creek valley. By 1850, Eagle Village (Eagle Creek = Eagle Village!) was a thriving community on the Michigan Road, a stagecoach route (pop quiz - why did they call it Michigan Road?). Soon, the town's name was changed to Zionsville, after William Zion, a Lebanon businessman who was a member of the Board of Directors of a proposed railway that was run through town.
Zionsville’s reputation as a cultural center began in the late 19th century when businessman B.F. Clark opened a hall with a stage over his Main Street store. In 1891, an outdoor venue opened: Zion Park, featuring a lake for pleasure boating and a baseball diamond for get-togethers and outings during in the spring, summer and fall. Just before and during that time, many of the distinctive homes that give Zionsville much of its flavor were built.
As the years passed, Zionsville continued to add amenities. Among them are cultural facilities such as the P.H. Sullivan Museum (circa 1973); Munce Art Center (circa 1981) and an improved library, the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library (circa 1994).
A dedication to preservation, a strong business community and government, some of the best schools in Indiana and an outstanding park system give Zionsville its unique personality and flavor and promise to keep that strength and attitude going well into the future.
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