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Things to Do | Historic Downtowns Near Indianapolis

Downtown Danville, Indiana – Downtown Danville is chock full of historic landmarks, unique locally owned shops, and some really fun family oriented events. History buffs can take in sights at the Hendricks County Courthouse (erected in 1907) and the Hendricks County Museum, then grab a bite at the Mayberry Cafe, a 50’s era diner that catapults guests back to an era long gone.
Downtown Martinsville, Indiana – Downtown Martinsville is one of the most historic downtowns in the Midwest. Completed in 1859, Martinsville’s Morgan County Courthouse is one of a startling few ante bellum courthouses left in the United States. Martinsville is home to tons of other historic sites, like the Old Morgan County Jail, the Grassyfork Fisheries Office, the Goethe Link Observatory (currently operated by Indiana University), and the Martinsville Sanitarium, one of the last legacies of the town’s tourist past.
Downtown Noblesville, Indiana – In and around the Noblesville Courthouse Square, visitors to Main Street will discover a delightful mix of the old and the new. Architectural pieces of Noblesville history are everywhere, and Main Street is bustling with some 14 Noblesville restaurants in the downtown Noblesville area alone. Visitors can also immerse themselves in the Hamilton County Courthouse and the Hamilton County Museum of History.
Downtown Plainfield, Indiana – Downtown Plainfield is perhaps best associated with what is currently U.S. Highway 40 and what used to be the National Road, one of the first interstates in the United States. The area is over 150 years old and several priceless pieces of Plainfield history are located there, but the downtown sector has fallen into decline in recent years. Luckily, the town’s Historic Town Center Facade Improvement Program looks to change all that.
Downtown Westfield, Indiana – One of the main repositories of historical artifacts in the region is the Westfield Washington Historical Society and Museum, a museum dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of Central Indiana. With exhibits on Westfield’s Underground Railroad, the founding Quakers, and other important factors in Westfield’s development, the Westfield Washington Historical Society is a good place to go to explore the town’s roots.