Ellettsville was founded in 1837 and later incorporated in 1866. It gets its name from its first merchant, Edward Ellett. Ellettsville's proud heritage is rooted in the limestone industry. Millions of tons of building stone have been shipped, along with priceless carvings that have told the rich history of states and the national capital, throughout the United States to build magnificent memorials, cathedrals, government buildings, libraries, public schools, colleges and universities, and churches and synagogues.
You’ll find many hard-working and patriotic residents in Ellettsville who make great neighbors. Please call our office, and let our realtors help you start working toward becoming part of the community. We can show you homes in the area; you can choose from a home that has just been built to a home that was built during the town’s early years. We are knowledgeable professionals who can answer questions and give you sound advice. We can make your move an easy one.
Ellettsville is only seven miles northwest of Bloomington, the county seat of Monroe County. State Road 46 runs through the main part of town. It is close to Lake Monroe, one of the largest lakes in Indiana, which provides recreational activities for many residents and visitors to this area. The town is home to an expanding manufacturing industry and other commercial expansion. Likewise, housing opportunities are increasing. New subdivisions are being developed or expanded. Affordable housing can be found in Ellettsville as well as luxury housing and everything in between. The town offers opportunities for both personal and professional satisfaction, making this a great place to live. We are experts in the real estate market, and we can help you find that perfect home.
Three commercial centers, Jack's Defeat Creek Mall, Richland Plaza, and Smith Pike Crossing, contain several businesses offering a wide-range of merchandise and services to area residents. The many shops at Eagles Landing in the former Ellettsville Elementary School on State Road 46 (Temperance Street) give shoppers more retail options. College Mall in Bloomington promises a great shopping experience with more than 80 stores and eateries.
There are numerous restaurants, too. No matter what you’re interested in, it’s all available in this little town. Village Inn Restaurant offers the same great service and delicious, down-home cooking since 1959. Kenny’s Tavern is a good place to eat and hang out with friends. Wee Willie's West and South is a locally-owned restaurant that serves soup, sandwiches, appetizers, entrees, and more. Pizza Pantry has mouth-watering pizza and a full menu, too. Los Chachos offers traditional Mexican street food like antojitos, seafood, and steak.
There’s plenty to do here in Ellettsville. Campbell’s Park, Marcy Jane Lewis Park, and a skatepark offer recreational opportunities in Ellettsville, especially for the kids. The town is only eight miles from Indiana’s first state park, McCormick’s Creek and about 15 miles from Monroe Reservoir, one of Indiana’s largest lake and recreational areas. Flatwoods Park is a 198-acre county park west of Ellettsville one mile off State Road 46. Ellettsville is the starting point for the Hilly Hundred, a two-day annual bicycle tour.
The Monroe County Fall Festival is held in Ellettsville every September. This popular three-day event attracts more than 50,000 people and has something for everyone with varied exhibits, a kids’ day, a parade, craft booths, food vendors, and plenty of family entertainment.
The Ellettsville and Richland Township area is one the most rapidly developing areas in Monroe County. Two industrial parks house General Electric, Whitestone, U.S. Food Service, Tree of Life, Tasus, Hall Signs, Huntsman Packaging, Griner Engineering, InterArt Distribution/Sunrise Publications, Beasley Produce, among others. The most common industry in the area is manufacturing.
Other common industries include retail trade, construction, educational services, public administration, accommodation and food services, and healthcare and social assistance. Bloomington Meadows Hospital, IU Bloomington Health Hospital, and Monroe Hospital serve the healthcare needs of area residents as well as offer a variety of jobs.
Craftsmen from Ellettsville limestone mills have traveled throughout the nation to do on-site work on structures that are used by the public, hence the town's motto, "Builders of American History." Bybee Stone Company continues that tradition by producing great designs and limestone works at its mill in Ellettsville.
The stone for the rebuilding of the Pentagon was provided by Bybee Stone after the September 11, 2001 attacks. A special limestone panel was signed by the workers in Ellettsville with the inscription: "Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America." – President George W. Bush, Sept. 11, 2001. The town is proud to continue the tradition of “Building American History.”
Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation includes Edgewood Primary School, Stinesville Elementary School, Edgewood Intermediate School, Edgewood Junior High School, and Edgewood High School. The corporation’s mission is to work in cooperation with the community and families to provide students with an education that promotes responsible citizenship, develops critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Students study a comprehensive curriculum, and integrated technology is used to enhance classroom instruction.
Extracurricular activities help produce well-rounded students. High school groups include the Masqued Crafters theater group, Music Warehouse, Sophisticated Ladies, New Edition show choirs, and the Marching Mustangs. Edgewood High School was 1997 Indiana State Champions in Academic Super Bowl in Social Studies. Graduates can choose to attend the Indiana State University (Terre Haute), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute), Indiana University-Bloomington, DePauw University (Greencastle), or a number of other colleges and universities located throughout southern Indiana.