Fort Branch began as one of a series of forts established along the edge of the western frontier in 1811. The town of Fort Branch was founded in 1852 when the the railroad was built through that territory and named in honor of the old fort. Today, a look around town brings back memories of days gone by and shows signs of what the future holds. There are many opportunities for personal and professional growth and satisfaction in this small town. Our realtors would like to introduce you to the area so you can see for yourself that it is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Please give us a call so we can answer any questions you have about the real estate market in Fort Branch.
The town of Fort Branch offers the unique opportunity to live in a rural setting but with access to cities like Evansville, Vincennes, Princeton, and Jasper. This town sits at the intersection of US-41 and State Road 168 in the southwest corner of the state. With several towns nearby, residents have a wide choice of employers with an easy commute. Whether you decide to commute to your workplace or live and work in town, we can help you find the perfect location to call home.
There are a variety of homes in this area to choose from: new or old; luxury or affordable; cozy or spacious homes; in town or out in the country. We know the real estate market here, and we can assist you in finding the right home for your lifestyle and budget. Our realtors can show you homes at a time that is convenient for you.
There are many great restaurants in Fort Branch. Gemeca Inn has provided casual fine dining to Gibson County for over 45 years, retaining the best of old-fashioned steakhouses. Sandy’s Pizza offers delicious pizza with lunch and dinner buffets for a quick meal or a pizza party. R’z Cafe offers exquisite food in a relaxing environment with a menu that includes homemade soups, appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, and sweet treats for dessert.
Donut Depot and Pizzeria offers something for everyone, the perfect place to grab a snack, an entire meal, or order something to go. The Brass Ring, a pub that offers a friendly, fun atmosphere with great food and drinks, is a nice place to spend time with friends.
Shoppers will find specialty stores in town like Graceful Lady, a ladies boutique clothing store, and Grace’s Toys and Dolls, a toy store for children of all ages. Shoppers who love antiques will want to spend some time browsing for items from decades past in the Fort Branch area.
Haubstadt Antique Mall is filled with dealers who offer everything from small household items to furniture to farm tools and equipment. At Princeton Antique Mall, the owner’s passion for antiques is quite evident and items such as oil paintings, artwork, and pottery are one of a kind.
Those who enjoy nature can spend a relaxing day at Harmonie State Park in nearby New Harmony. The scenic park offers hiking and biking trails plus a pool and picnic areas in its tranquil surrounds. Lincoln State Park, located in Lincoln City, is a memorial honoring President Lincoln and his family that offers boating, camping, swimming, and hiking. John James Audubon State Park, located in Henderson, Kentucky, offers cabin rentals as well as hiking and biking trails, fishing, and boating. Amusement park lovers can spend the day at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari where they can enjoy a waterpark and amusement rides. It’s known for its cheaper prices, free soft drinks, and free sunscreen.
There are cultural opportunities in the Fort Branch area. Gibson Southern Theater offers live theater performances in Fort Branch, ranging from new plays to Broadway greats. There are three museums in nearby Evansville. The Children’s Museum of Evansville is located in a huge building that features fun interactive exhibits from building with recycled plastic to water play. Evansville Museum is a general interest museum featuring exhibits on art, history, and science, and don’t miss out on the planetarium. Reitz Home Museum is Indiana's only Victorian House Museum.
Fort Branch is largely a blue-collar town. For a long time, the town's largest employer was the Emge Foods processing and packing plant. When the plant closed in 1999, it had been in operation for nearly 90 years. As the Emge plant was starting to close, Toyota announced that it would be building a manufacturing facility on a patch of farmland located halfway between Fort Branch and nearby Princeton. Today, TMMI Toyota Plant and the Duke Energy Gibson Generating Plant are two of the largest, most up-to-date industrial complexes in the area.
In 2009 Vincennes University built an advanced manufacturing education facility just south of Fort Branch along U.S. 41 to provide such education to an area becoming more diverse in manufacturing methods. While manufacturing is the most common industry in the area, there are also other industries that are commonly found here: construction, retail trade, wholesale trade, accommodation and food service, and transportation and warehousing.
Students in the Fort Branch area attend two schools. Those who are in Grades K-8 attend Fort Branch Community School. Students in Grades 9-12 attend Gibson Southern High School. Both schools are part of the South Gibson School Corporation. The mission of Fort Branch Community School is to challenge students to work to their full ability mentally, physically, and socially. At the same time, establishing a basic foundation toward character development within a warm, friendly, and caring environment is seen as the key to their success. At Gibson Southern High School, educators aim to motivate and educate all students to reach their highest potential as responsible citizens and lifelong learners.