In the year 1818, William Baker built a mill on Raccoon Creek, and soon afterwards, a few of the early settlers "rigged up a corn-cracker" on a small stream near Gosport. The town, laid out in 1829, lies in Owen County alongside the West Fork of the White River. Gosport is famous for being located on the Ten O’Clock Line Trail.
Our realtors invite you to visit Gosport to enjoy local areas of interest and look at homes in the area while you are here. You’ll like the small town atmosphere, the friendly folks, good food at the town diner, and the pleasant streets that are lined with well-maintained homes. Let us put our real estate expertise to work for you.
Located along State Road 67 between Martinsville and Spencer, Gosport is a charming town that sponsored a downtown revitalization. It’s home to everything from a retro candy store to Southern Indiana Physicians Health to a tavern where patrons can park their horses outside. It’s a progressive town, steeped in tradition, and there are opportunities for everyone here. Whether you are buying your first home, starting new adventures in a new town, or moving for work, you’ll find it easy to take that next step in your life when you move to Gosport.
Residents live close to several fun shops. Clay City Pottery Works produces handmade pottery. The Windmills at Riverside Farm Park sells a variety of windmills and accessories. Nate’s Candy Jar makes everything from bacon-flavored fudge to wheat-free dog treats. D&W Trading post is Owen County’s oldest antique establishment. JulieBob’s has an eclectic variety of collectables including a large display of military memorabilia. Canyon Inn Gift Shop has everything from jewelry and sweatshirts to walking sticks and books.
Residents also live close to some great restaurants. Whether you’re looking for home cooked meals, diners, grills, or even just a great sandwich, Gosport has what you need. Many local restaurants take advantage of the gorgeous views to create a dining experience enhanced by the southern Indiana scenery.
Quite a number of large and small Indian mounds are found near Gosport, mostly located near where the White River meanders its way through the county. These mounds are the unmistakable evidences of a large prehistoric population in this area. There are many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and visit unique sites in Owen County. Visitors to McCormick’s Creek State Park can explore the park by more than ten miles of well-marked hiking trails, going past interesting features like Wolf Cave, Twin Bridges, and the Falls on McCormick's Creek. And visitors can enjoy hiking through some of the best hardwood forests in the state at Owen-Putnam State Forest.
Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum is located deep in the woods among the rolling hills of Solsberry. The museum's mission is to bring Outdoor Sculpture and Art Education to the community through various hands-on sculpture workshops and programs. A different type of art is presented in area architecture. Many historic buildings used by past generations are restored and still being used today. The historic Tivoli Theatre in Spencer is as elegant and charming today as it was when it was built in 1928. It’s fun to watch the latest flick in an “old time” theater. The Buskirk-Chumley Theater, originally a silent movie house built in 1922, acts as a performing arts center today.
The most common industry in the Gosport area is manufacturing, employing more than one-third of those who work here. The healthcare industry also offers many jobs. Current generations succeed in the agricultural industry as generations of residents have done in the past. Other industries that thrive in the area include construction; retail trade; public administration; information; accommodation and food services; and professional, scientific, and technical services. Major employers located in Spencer include Cook Medical, Owen Valley Health Campus, Spencer-Owen Community Schools, and Boston Scientific Corporation.
Spencer-Owen Community Schools include four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The schools provide rigorous, standards-based curriculum in an engaging, safe, learning environment. Gosport Elementary School has received an “A” rating from the Indiana Department of Education. Middle school students continue to advance in the skills learned in elementary school and are first introduced to extra-curricular activities.
Owen Valley High School offers a range of academic courses including numerous advanced placement and dual-credit with Purdue University, Indiana University, and Ivy Tech State College. 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.). The career center, Hoosier Hills in Bloomington, provides high-tech areas of study.