Farmland was platted in 1852 in Randolph County and was listed as a station on the Indianapolis and Bellfontaine Railroad. The town was incorporated in 1867. Commerce was based on agriculture and, by late the 1880s, gas and oil production. In the aftermath of an 1897 fire, the community built six major buildings within two years of the disaster.
Historic district boundaries include parts of Main, Henry, and William Streets, all on the original plat. Buildings were built circa 1867-1929 and are close to original condition. The buildings were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. You can live in this historic district. Homes are available, and we can show them to you. If you want to live in an older neighborhood within walking distance of restaurants, stores, and the cultural center, let us know.
Historic Farmland is at the junction of State Road 1 and State Road 32 in western Randolph County in east-central Indiana. Whether you plan on commuting to work or working in town, give our office a call. Our realtors can help you find a perfect home in the perfect location. New or old, ready to decorate or a fixer upper, affordable or expensive, town or country, there is a house for you, and we can help you find it. We are experts in the local market. Give us a challenge! We’d love to house hunt with you at a time that is convenient for you.
Step back in time in Farmland. Browse unique shops and savor the one-of-a-kind culinary and dining experiences. Your grandparents or great-grandparents would have done their shopping in a store like Farmland General Store. Back in the day, it was a one-stop shop. With one whole side of the store devoted to candy and the other side full of things you expect in a general store, this store is one fun place to roam. Get your nostalgia fix at Farmland General Store.
When you are done moseying around, head to the Chocolate Moose. This is a good place to find a great burger. The beef comes from the local locker plant right down the road, and it's high quality and very fresh. And you can’t eat your burger without homemade potato chips on the side. It's like going back in time to a 1950s soda shop and diner, complete with Coca-Cola-themed decor.
Visitors can see the ongoing preservation efforts to make the buildings in the Downtown Historic District look as good as the day they were built and can attend a wide range of cultural, entertainment, and enrichment events at the Farmland Cultural Center, at Wildcat Park, or on the streets of downtown Farmland. Enjoy the simple life and experience the charm, warmth, and true Hoosier Hospitality of a rustic, rural small town experience.
The Farmland Cultural Center is a lovely hall with hardwood floors and an ornate tin ceiling, and it’s located on Main Street. It always has something of local beauty on the walls for display or for sale. Wildcat Park is located on Morris Street, just two blocks east of Main Street, and it’s a great place to go to enjoy the outdoors. Indiana's most unique corn maze, 1 Fun Farm, is the place to be in the fall. The haunted maze is perfect for those "prepared to be scared." Kids will have fun in the kiddie corral and Hoppin’ Hooves play area. The adventurous will have a “zipping” good time on the zip line. Go for a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch and pick the perfect jack-o-lantern.
The most common industry in the Farmland area is manufacturing. Other common industries are transportation and warehousing, accommodation and food services, educational services, retail trade, and construction. St. Vincent Randolph Hospital, located nine miles from Farmland, is one of the healthcare providers in the area offering employment to healthcare workers. Workers commute an average of 26 minutes every day.
Being a great place to live also means being a great place to work. A thriving economy helps the tax base (creating more money for city improvements) and helps a city attract and retain talent. The economy in Farmland is led by the nursing care facilities industry, which accounts for 2.4% of the jobs in the area. Other top employment sectors in the town include religious organizations, machine shops, and landscaping services.
Monroe Central School Corporation serves students in Grades PK–12. The corporation received an “A” rating from the Indiana Education Department for several years in a row. The corporation is a small school community of less than a thousand students that continually strives to maintain class sizes of no more than 20-25 students per teacher. Teachers strive for the most innovative instruction through integrating current technology while utilizing various forms of DATA to drive decision making.
At Monroe Central Elementary School, administrators’ and teachers’ vision is to provide a safe, healthy, and challenging environment in which all students can excel. There is strong community support and parents who are involved in their child’s education. Monroe Central Jr./Sr. High School also has a partnership with the community to maintain a supportive environment that provides opportunities for students to develop their full potential as citizens of a global society. The graduation rate for 2013 was 96.9% and 27% of the students earned Academic Honors Diplomas. Through partnerships with Indiana University and Ivy Tech, students receive college credit courses in a variety of subjects, a feat achieved by about one-third of their graduates.