Monday, October 12, 2009

Richmond, Indiana

Settled in 1806 by North Carolina Quakers, Richmond is home to four distinct historic districts.

Old Richmond Historic District – “German Village” covers more than 250 acres and was first settled by John Smith, who established a trading post at the present corner of South 4th and Main Street. The district consists of more than 213late Federal and Greek Revival cottages and townhouses, interspersed with Victorian and early 20th century homes and churches.

Starr Historic District – “Gas Light District” on the northside of Richmond, is bounded by South A Street and North E Street. This district is an early Victorian neighborhood, perhaps one of the finest remaining in the Midwest, and contains 120 structures of historic significance. The focal point is the Hicksite Meetinghouse which serves as the Wayne County Museum. This was an elite residential area of large townhouses and mansions built mainly in the Italianate, Second Empire, Greek Revival, and Queen Anne styles.

East Main Street-Glen Miller Park Historic District – “Millionaires Row” comprises almost nine-tenths of a mile along East Main Street between 16th and 30th Streets and includes the 175 acre Glen Miller Park.

Railroad Depot Historic District – “Hoosier Bowery” is an architecturally significant group of 19th and early 20th century commercial and industrial buildings.

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