Friday, January 14, 2011

Batesville, Indiana

Batesville, Indiana
Batesville, Indiana 
Batesville, Indiana 
Population - 6,033 people
Area - 5.9 sq mi
ZIP code 47006
Area code(s) 812
County - Ripley, Franklin
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - South East Edition
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
Markers & Museums
South East Edition
History
Surveyors platted Batesville, Indiana on November 3, 1852 at the intersection of the old Brookville/Napoleon Road and the new Lawrenceburg and Upper Mississippi Railroad. The railroad company chose the site because of a well dug by an early settler named Teunis Amack. The early locomotives needed frequent stops to replenish the wood used for fuel and water used in the steam engines. The locomotives could fill their water tanks from the well, and the plentiful local supply of trees supplied abundant fuel for the engines.
The spot must have been favorable, as Batesville grew. It eventually became the home of many furniture factories which used hardwood lumber supplied by the numerous area sawmills. These factories included the American Furniture Company (Romwebers), the Union Furniture Company, Gleeman’s and the Batesville Coffin Company. George Hillenbrand and purchased the Batesville Coffin Company and turned it into the nationally known Batesville Casket Company, which still produces caskets today.
Manufacturers
Additional manufacturers currently located in Batesville, Indiana are - Hill-Rom, a major hospital manufacturer, Batesville Tool and Die, Med-Mizer and Heartwood Manufacturing.
For more information on the Batesville area, visit the Batesville Area Historical Society Museum:
Batesville Area Historical Society Museum:
Batesville Area Historical Society Museum
Batesville Area Historical Society Museum
15 West George Street
Batesville, IN 47006
(812)932-0999
bahs@etczone.com
Transportation
The rail line constructed in 1852 is still active. Its main use is to service the new Honda facility in nearby Greensburg. In addition to this, Batesville is located just off I-74 at exit 149, providing easy and quick access to both Cincinnati, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Additionally, Indiana State Road 46, Indiana State Road 229, and Indiana State Road 129 link the town to the other area towns.
Schools and Hospitals
Educational opportunities in Batesville include the Batesville Community School Corporation, St. Louis Elementary School, Ivy-Tech College and the nearby Oldenburg Academy. The Southeastern Indiana YMCA is located on State Road 129 and Margaret Mary Community Hospital on Mulberry Street.
Brum Woods - Batesville, Indiana
Brum Woods - Batesville, Indiana
Parks
 Liberty Park, South Street Park, Weberding Park, Brum Woods and Memorial Pool provide ample recreational activities that include sports fields, tennis courts, horseshoe, playground, swimming and hiking.
Shopping
Batesville has four main areas of shopping. These include:
Batesville Shopping Center - East of I-74 on Indiana State Road 229
Cross County Plaza - East of I-74 on Indiana State Road 229
Downtown
Indiana State Road 46/Indiana State Road 129 intersection
Dining
There are many fine local restaurants in the Batesville/Oldenburg area. For a current listing, see the Batesville Chamber of Commerce website.
Entertainment
Gibson Theater - Batesville, Indiana
Gibson Theater - Batesville, Indiana
The Gibson Theater, downtown, maintains the local tradition of a small, downtown movie theatre.
Golfers will find three local golf courses and golfers will enjoy the East Bowl Family Fun Center.
Batesville, Indiana is a community with great schools, parks, and values. It is also conveniently located. With a population of just over 6000, it is large enough to have a vibrant life of its own, small enough for you to know your neighbors.

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