James Gentry settled down in west-central Spencer County in 1818. He and his family pioneered an unsettled wooded area, and the village that he settled is named after him. As a merchant and a farmer, he employed Abraham Lincoln to help transport merchandise by flatboat to New Orleans in 1828. The Lincoln family spent their last night in Gentry’s home before leaving for Illinois in 1830.
We know you will like this area where one of the country’s greatest leaders called home when he was young. Let us introduce you to the Gentryville area, and the many homes that are currently on the real estate market. Our realtors have many years of experience helping both those who lived here all their lives and those who are new to the area. You’ll find that the friendly folks you meet around town will welcome you, and you’ll be settled into your new home and new life in no time.
Gentryville is located about six miles north of Chrisney where State Road 62 intersects State Road 162, and US-231 is approximately four miles east of Gentryville. Evansville is 41 miles southwest of town, and Owensboro, Kentucky is just 29 miles away. Residents can choose to work in numerous locations with a convenient commute to their workplaces. Our realtors can help you find a great house in a great location, one that is perfect for you. Set up an appointment today, and we’ll show you what the area has to offer. There are many available homes right now, coming in all price ranges and in all styles and sizes.
Antique lovers and anyone who wants to take a trip down memory lane will have fun in the Gentryville area. The Antique Shak, located along US-231 in Gentryville, does not specialize in any certain type of antique but instead contains a miscellaneous collection of antique goods. Ferdinand Antique Emporium has many eclectic items from the past from the bizarre to the practical. Hilgeman’s Antiques is also located in Ferdinand. Persnickety’s in Boonville sells antiques as well as tea, candles, soap, and other unique items. Visitors can find everything from knick-knacks to furniture at Grainry Antiques & Other Needful Things. Anything Collectible and Downtown Emporium are also located in Huntingburg.
Great restaurants can also be found in the area. Spurs Bar & Grill is a steakhouse and family style restaurant. The Palace Cafe serves a delicious breakfast and lunch. Julie’s Tell Street Cafe is a burger restaurant and sandwich shop with many mouth-watering sides. Buffalo Wings & Rings serves great sandwiches and salads, and diners can watch TV while they are eating. Mac-A-Doo's and Out of Bounds serves everything from cheeseburgers and crispy fries to a bacon-wrapped fillet mignon.
Gentryville is ideally situated between three nationally known historical sites: Lincoln State Park and Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial to the east and Colonel William Jones House to the west. Lincoln State Park was originally established as a memorial to Abraham Lincoln's mother whose gravesite is now contained within the adjacent Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial.
The family of Abraham Lincoln lived in Spencer County from 1816 to 1830. The park contains numerous sites significant to this period. About a half-mile west of the town, Colonel Jones opened a trading post in the early 1800's. In 1844, the future president Abraham Lincoln gave a campaign speech at the Jones house. In recent years, the Jones House was completely restored and is now open for tours.
Little Pigeon Creek Fish and Wildlife Area is located in Gentryville. This area is part of a waterfowl management plan. When the creek is high, it floods adjoining marshes and provides excellent duck habitat. This is nature at its finest with 185 acres of unspoiled land and water. A different type of outdoor fun is waiting for visitors at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. This seasonal theme and water park in Santa Claus has variety shows, dining venues, and more.
Gentryville experienced industrial growth after the Civil War with the opening of stores, blacksmith shops, tobacco warehouses, a cigar factory, and a grist mill to maintain a lively business district. Today, manufacturing is the most common industry in the area with more than one-third of those employed working for manufacturing companies and about one-quarter working in the construction industry. Other common industries include retail trade; educational services; transportation and warehousing; accommodation and food services; and arts, entertainment, and recreation.
North Spencer School Corporation includes four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The corporation has been one of the Top Ten Performing School Districts in Indiana since 2009. It’s received many Four Star School Awards in the past, and it’s also been a Blue Ribbon School and received an A rating from the State of Indiana for accountability. The elementary schools provide a safe, nurturing environment in which the needs of every student are met and where success occurs. Heritage Hills Middle School prepares students to be respectful and responsible lifelong learners. Heritage Hills High School educates all students through challenging learning experiences enabling them to become successful and productive citizens.