Geneva got its start in 1871 when the rival towns of Alexander and Buffalo merged. It was named after Geneva, Switzerland. The population and businesses here grew during the 1890s oil boom. When fire destroyed much of the town in 1895, wooden buildings were banned along part of Line Street, and stone, iron, and brick buildings were then mandated. By the end of the year, 24 new brick business buildings were completed to replaced the ones destroyed in the fire.
Today, this part of Line Street still retains the look of a late 19th-century commercial center. Geneva is the longest continuous business block in the state of Indiana. You can purchase a home that was built around the same time or a home that was built during other times in the town’s history. Our realtors can help you find exactly what you are looking for.
Geneva is located at the intersection of US-27 and State Road 116 on the eastern side of Indiana. This town is home to nesting American bald eagles who come back to town year after year. And after our realtors show you homes in this area, you’ll want to stay here, too. Give our office a call to set up an appointment to look at available homes in this area. We can take you to see homes in the neighborhoods or subdivisions in town, or we can show you homes spread out on vast farmland. We know the market, and we can accommodate your preference as well as your budget.
The downtown area offers a full complement of businesses and professional services to meet the townspeople’s every need. Specialty shops, food shops, and general merchandise stores offer a variety of items. Two of the shops in town are Morning Stars Dreams On Wings, a gift store offering unique personal and household items, and Broken B Western store, which offers a great selection of boots, hats, clothes, knives, and other accessories.
There are several restaurants in town that serve food to satisfy any craving. The High Line offers delicious comfort food like macaroni & cheese bites. Buffalo Bar & Grill serves homemade fries, steak, and so much more. L Boe’s offers a varied menu with delicious choices for every meal. Jinny’s Cafe serves sandwiches, entrees, and other items. Pizza King and Richards Restaurants have been serving the area for years and are always local favorites.
Several tourist and recreational destinations are located in the Geneva area, providing fun for all who visit. Limberlost State Historic Site is the location of Limberlost Cabin, the home of writer and naturalist Gene Stratton Porter. Rainbow Lake is a reservoir located one mile from Geneva. Whether visitors are fly fishing, spinning, or baitcasting, their chances of getting a bite here are good. Secluded by the scenic beauty of Rainbow Lake and the Wabash River, a well known 18-hole golf course called Golf Club of the Limberlost lies on the edge of town.
Amishville USA was known for many years as the home place for much of the local Amish community. When the 120-acre farm became vacant, it was opened as an attraction to teach visitors about the Amish culture. Visitors can feed the animals in the barn, take a tour of the Amish house, and dine at the Amishville Grille Restaurant. Swiss Heritage Village, the largest outdoor museum in northern Indiana, is located in nearby Berne. Visitors learn how the Swiss settlers lived in the area more than a century ago when they tour a barn, summer kitchen, school, and other buildings in the village.
More than half of those employed in Geneva work in the manufacturing industry. One of Red Gold's largest tomato processing plants is located in town, along with Elkhart Products Corporation, which serves the residential, commercial, and industrial plumbing markets. Geneva Manufacturing has been producing casket hardware since 1953 and is also located in town.
Other common industries in the Geneva area include retail trade, wholesale trade, construction, public administration, accommodation and food services, and transportation and warehousing. Agriculture has been an important part of the local economy since the town was founded. Harvest Land Co-op is a locally owned agricultural cooperative that specializes in providing farmers with products and services they need to farm effectively and profitably. Jay County Hospital and Adams Memorial Hospital provide healthcare for area residents.
South Adams Schools include an elementary school, middle school, and high school. Leading the way in education, educators here strive to instill in students the courage to reach beyond perceived limitations. They are inspired and empowered to set high personal academic standards and to lead ethical lives. South Adams provides students with valuable life experiences to promote the development of responsible and productive citizens.
They receive instruction in a comprehensive curriculum, and each student receives a laptop to enhance this classroom instruction. South Adams High School is a Four Star school and ranked 30th in the US News & World Report “Top Indiana High Schools.” Students are encouraged to participate in an extracurricular activity of their choice to complement their academic studies.
Geneva is in the middle of Amish country, and several schools serve the Amish population including the Wabash Valley Amish School, English Creek Amish School, and Southeast Amish School.