The city of Decatur was founded in 1863 by Samuel Rugg, a friend of President Thomas Jefferson. He hoped it would become a prosperous and successful community, and he would definitely be proud of the city today. Big businesses flourish and entrepreneurial startups succeed while the unemployment rate and the cost of living remain low. Parents can raise their children in this great environment. Homes are well-maintained, and recreational pursuits are available. Life in general is enjoyable in Decatur.
Consider buying a home in this quiet, friendly city that welcomes everyone and shares its opportunities with everyone. Our realtors can show you homes that suit your needs and budget at a time that is convenient for you. We love to help both newcomers and long-time residents. If you’re new to the area, we can show you around.
The Victorian-style county courthouse is a downtown Decatur focal point. Built in 1873, it still functions as the home of the county government. The Adams County Historical Society houses memorabilia from the history of Decatur and is curated in a beautiful home that was once occupied by a prominent family. Stunning historical buildings dot the area and always draws attention from those who pass by for the first time. There are also eye-catching homes in the area that are both affordable and luxurious, and we can find the perfect one for you.
US-224 runs east and west through Decatur, and US-33 runs north and south. You don’t have to go far if you want a great vacation. Decatur is only a two-hour drive to Indianapolis and a three and a half hour drive to Chicago. Both destinations make a great weekend getaway (or even an extended vacation) to have some fun in the big city before it is time to get back to the charm of small city life. Little travel time means more time to have fun. The possibilities are endless when you buy a home in the Decatur area.
Many of the family and locally-owned restaurants and shops that line the main roads and downtown areas draw rave reviews from diners and shoppers. Most of these restaurants open early and close late. All-night restaurants and late delivery ensure that you won’t go hungry regardless of the time. Several fast food places and other chain restaurants help fill the restaurant landscape in town.
Specialty and antique shops, discount stores, and general merchandise stores make life convenient in Decatur. You can find what you need in one quick trip from your house. Two malls are about 22 miles away in Fort Wayne: Jefferson Pointe is an open air shopping center that features restaurants and over 60 shops. Enjoy the beautiful grounds with a stroll around the fountain circle. Glenbrook Square is a two-level indoor mall that is anchored by three major chain stores and occupied by dozens of smaller stores and restaurants.
Beacon Dance increases appreciation of dance through performances that are open to everyone who enjoys the performing arts. Theater 7 stages plays throughout the year. The all-volunteer community theater group with more than 150 members has been delighting audiences with its performances since 1963. The Decatur Community Players is a children’s musical theater troupe providing year-round performing arts instruction for children. There are opportunities for everyone in the performing arts world, either by actively participating or by attending a show.
For history buffs, the Adams County Historical Museum is a treasure trove of historical items and information. Those who enjoy the outdoors will be happy to know there are three parks in town: Hanna City Park, McMillen Park, and Stratton Park. Ouabache State Park is near Bluffton, about twelve miles from Decatur. Lost Bridge State Recreation Area and Kil-So-Quah State Recreation Area are both south of Huntington, less than an hour away. And those who want to enjoy a night out can catch a movie at Jefferson Pointe in an 18-screen stadium-seating theater.
The most common industry in town is manufacturing. Other industries include retail trade, construction, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, social services, and healthcare. Residents receive excellent care at the Adams County Hospital, which is designated as one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the US. Decatur is the perfect commuter city, making it easy to commute to larger cities such as Fort Wayne, Huntington, Wabash, or even Lima, Ohio for more employment opportunities.
There are four schools in the North Adams Community School District: Southeast Elementary, Northwest Elementary, Bellmont Middle School, and Bellmont High School. North Adams offers a comprehensive preK-12 curriculum. The pre-kindergarten program supports early literacy and school readiness. The elementary program gives students everything they need to be successful at the middle school level. Even kindergarten and 1st Grade students receive instruction in information technology to prepare them for future interactive computer instruction.
The Bellmont Middle School has a Bullying Prevention Program in addition to a curriculum that emphasizes computer technology, science, math, and English. The school prepares students for success in the 21st century. Belmont High School offers dual credit courses so students can participate in high school classes and get college credits at the same time. Students can also receive advanced college preparation. Bellmont Early College students are able to take advantage of numerous opportunities designed to prepare students for post-secondary success. Both middle school and high school students can participate in numerous sports and extracurricular activities. The high school has an outstanding drama department that stages musicals and plays, and many students get the opportunity to show off their talents.