Freedom is an unincorporated community in Owen County. It was founded in 1834 by Joseph Freeland on the west bank of the West Fork of the White River. In 1884 Freedom acquired a considerable reputation as a shipping point for flat boats. Freedom businesses at that time included a millinery store, a drugstore, a saddlery and harness shop, a flouring mill, a sawmill, and a general store.
There are still a variety of businesses in the Freedom area. And residents still enjoy a tranquil way of life next to the river. Our realtors invite you to find out more about Freedom. There are many different types of homes in town. Some were built around the turn of the 20th century while others were built at different times throughout the town’s history. You’ll find many interesting homes on the real estate market including homes that are in good repair and ready for new owners.
With lush hills and valleys, Owen County is a peaceful place to live. Freedom lies along US-231/State Road 67 southwest of the city of Spencer, the county seat of Owen County. The town is 23 miles west of the city of Bloomington. Freedom sits almost midway between Indianapolis and Vincennes. Indianapolis is a convenient 70 miles to the northeast while Vincennes is 57 miles to the southwest. Whether you will be working in Freedom, Spencer, Bloomington, or another town in the area, Freedom is an excellent place to buy a home. We can answer your questions when you visit the town to see the homes for sale. Give us a call to schedule an appointment, and let us put our real estate expertise to work for you.
Shoppers can find antiques, collectibles, and gift shops in many areas of Owen County. D&W Trading Post is the oldest antique establishment in the county. JulieBob’s has an eclectic variety of collectibles including a large display of military memorabilia. And Owen Valley Antique Flea Market has a huge selection of antiques and used items. Canyon Inn Gift Shop and Emerald Gardens Florist & Gift Shoppe also offer a variety of gift items.
Restaurants in the area feature local and ethnic favorites. While there are plenty of chain eateries in other nearby cities, Freedom and other smaller towns stand out with a healthy mix of privately-owned restaurants serving a range of food. You’ll see American barbecue places and classic diners alongside options from all over the world.
With over 200 years of history, Owen County offers many historic sites and museums. Owen County Heritage and Cultural Center is located in the old Carnegie Library just off the courthouse square in downtown Spencer. The museum has many interesting tidbits about the origins of the community. Coal City has the only existing depot in Owen County. It was moved from its original location and then restored. Camp Hughes was a Civil War training camp. And the Cataract Falls Covered Bridge was built in 1876; it was at one time one of the most famous and photographed covered bridges in the United States.
It’s easy to take in the beauty of Owen County and the wonders of nature at area parks. Lieber State Recreation Area and Cataract Falls is a scenic park with hiking trails, a campground, nature center, and an aquatic center with a water slide. There’s fun at McCormick’s Creek State Park where visitors will find hiking trails, a pool, a playground, and a nature center as well as unique features like Wolf Cave, Twin Bridges, and the Falls on McCormick's Creek. McCormick’s Creek State Park was Indiana’s first state park. Green’s Bluff Nature Preserve is a wooded habitat with uplands, ravines, steep cliffs, and a hemlock forest. And Owen-Putnam State Forest offers hunting for squirrels, deer, and turkeys as well as trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
One of the most common industries in Owen County is manufacturing. The Boston Scientific Corporation, employing about 1000 area residents, is a worldwide developer, manufacturer, and marketer of medical devices. Cook Urological Incorporated employs about half the number of workers and was established to provide professionals in urological health care with minimally invasive products. Other manufacturers in the area include Indiana Hardwoods, Quality Surfaces, and Gosport Manufacturing.
Construction is another common industry in the area. Companies working in this industry include Indiana Limestone Fabricators and Heritage Stone Works. Three hospitals serve residents in the area: Indiana University Health, Putnam County Hospital, and Morgan County Hospital. Agribusinesses continue to employ many people as they have throughout the history of the town. Other common industries include educational services, public administration, and truck transportation.
There are four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school in the Spencer-Owen Community School District. It is a top-notch school system that effectively combines modern educational models with the solid character of a rural community. The high school, located in Spencer, offers a wide range of academic courses including numerous dual-credit and Advanced Placement classes. Students can test their career choices as a by-product of their senior project or by participating in the Senior Internship and Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education (I.C.E.) programs. Hoosier Hill Career Center provides options in fields such as agribusiness, biomedical science, and construction science.