As a prominent Lafayette businessman and land developer, Moses Fowler along with his wife founded the town of Fowler in 1872. Today, visitors don’t need to be in town long to figure out why it grew so fast. Residents love living in a small, progressive town, and we know you will, too. Our realtors are experts in the real estate market, and they can use their expertise to help you find the perfect property in this agricultural, postcard-perfect area. It won’t take you long to settle in and feel right at home here.
Fowler is located in Benton County where US-52, State Road 18, and State Road 55 intersect. US-41 and I-65 are conveniently close to Fowler. The area’s rich history is evident in its homes, many of which were built around 1939 or earlier. The community values long-time residents, welcomes newcomers, and enjoys visitors. Residents are proud to be a home-grown community based on family values and small-town traditions. You will see in this town a growing, active population, and a quality of life second to none, and we invite you to enjoy it by becoming a resident. Give our office a call to schedule an appointment to look at available homes in this area.
Residents and visitors can shop at specialty stores in the Fowler area. Cute Catch Clothing Boutique is a women’s clothing and shoe store. Goose Creek Cottage offers a wide variety of items to make you and your home look great such as candles, hanging baskets, and jewelry. Gibson Furniture offers well-made fine furniture crafted in the USA. Jan's Used Furniture, Antiques & More sells antiques big and small.
There are numerous restaurants in town such as the 100 Mile Rib & Chop House, which has a menu ranging from crab cakes and steak to sandwiches with daily specials. Crabby Mike’s BBQ serves beef brisket, pulled pork, and ribs that are delicious and filled with flavor. Clark’s Local Bar is the place to be for a good time. Casey’s General Store is a convenience store chain that also offers food including pizza, sandwiches, and baked goods. Cooper’s Bar and Grill, The Chocolate Shop, and Homestyle Inn give residents even more choices when they are dining in the area.
Festivals in the Fowler area include Earl Park Fall Festival which features free live music, a flea market, a kiddie carnival, a car show, a demolition derby, and mud volleyball. Fowler's 4th of July Festival includes booths, food, kids games, a parade, a pie bake-off contest, and a dodgeball tournament. Otterbein Street Festival features a mechanical bull, a bungee run, a bell strike, a rock wall, bubble bowling, and a bounce house. Oxford-Dan Patch Days celebrates the famous race horse born in the area. The Benton County Fair highlights exhibits and shows off Benton County 4-H members.
For fun in the town of Fowler, Fowler Town Park is a great place to be on a sunny day, and it’s the site of special events held in town such as Fright Night, which has tons of spooky Halloween fun for all ages. The Fowler Theater offers fun and relaxing evening entertainment. This theatre is a 1940s art deco movie house that is being renovated back to its former glory by the Prairie Preservation Guild along with community volunteers.
Both crop and livestock farms can be found in the Fowler area. The town also features a different type of farm. Fowler has embraced the growing need for wind energy and stands ready for the future with the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm. The businesses in Fowler are a mix of tradition and innovation, too.
The most common industries in the area, in addition to agriculture, are manufacturing, educational services, transportation and warehousing, retail trade, construction, accommodation and food service, and finance and insurance.
Benton Community School Corporation features elementary and secondary schools fully accredited by the North Central Association. Elementary schools include Boswell Elementary School, Otterbein Elementary School, and Prairie Crossing Elementary School.
The corporation’s motto is “A Community Teaching, A Community Learning,” and it reflects the strong community commitment to all learners of all ages. The heartbeat of Benton County is the school system that includes the three K-6 elementary schools, a junior-senior high school, and adult continuing education programs. The mission of this school district is to ensure all students develop academically, creatively, physically, and socially into the finest version of themselves.
For post-secondary opportunities, there are four schools within a 60-mile radius of Fowler: Purdue University-Main Campus (Lafayette), Danville Area Community College (Danville, IL), Kankakee Community College (Kankakee, IL), and Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, IL).