German Baptists settled in the Nettle Creek Valley near Hagerstown in 1820. The town of Hagerstown was laid out in 1832. By 1834 enough people lived in the community to want their own township. The residents took advantage of what the area had to offer. These German Baptists were intelligent, innovative, and hard working people. They farmed, built mills, and started other businesses.
Many of their descendants live in the area today, and they are just as hard working and progressive. This is a great area to call home and raise a family, and our realtors want to help you find a house that you can call home. Give our realtors a call. We’d be happy to answer any questions that you might have, and we’d be happy to show you homes that fit your taste, lifestyle, and budget. There’s a wide variety of homes from which to choose.
Hagerstown offers small town living within reach of metropolitan advantages. Nestled in the Nettle Creek Valley, the town offers a rich history that suggests hope for a bright future. Residents are known for their small town hospitality and friendliness, and that makes Hagerstown a place where newcomers feel welcome. Combine future opportunities, a robust real estate market, and friendly neighbors, and you get a “recipe” for success.
Hagerstown is located on State Road 38, which passes through the town and intersects with State Road 1. Directly south of the town is Interstate 70, enabling travel and commuting to larger cities such as Indianapolis or Richmond. The town lies 61 miles east-northeast of Indianapolis,17 miles northwest of Richmond, and 63 miles west-northwest of Dayton, Ohio. This ready access to such a large area increases employment opportunities and makes life easier for families with two wage earners.
Hagerstown is best known for the companies Perfect Circle and Tedco, Welliver’s Restaurant, the Nettle Creek Players, and Abbot’s Candy. Several new shops and restaurants have opened downtown in the past few years. The new shops offer a variety of specialty items. Bowman Bakery is a town favorite. The bakery has been preparing delectable treats in Hagerstown for years. They use only fresh, all-natural ingredients in everything they make.
The restaurants have menus that satisfy all cravings. Feast on the lunch buffet or dinner smorgasbord at Willie & Red’s. Savor food that tastes like grandma’s cooking at Willow Springs. Grab a pizza or Italian dish at Dale’s Pizza. Everyone will have a great time at Dave’s Cafe. Stop by on Wednesdays for Family Night Karaoke. The Friday night All-You-Can-Eat Walleye special or Saturday night Black Angus Steak special are sure to please.
Two Hagerstown museums offer a glimpse into the past. At Wilbur Wright Birthplace & Museum, the mission is to educate the public by preserving and interpreting the life, family, and achievements of Wilbur Wright. Visitors follow the experienced tour guides to discover life on the Wright farm in the 1860's through the museum timeline with interpretive sketches of the Wright Brothers before and during Kitty Hawk.
The Hagerstown Museum & Arts Place pays tribute to early automotive history including Perfect Circle and the Teetor-Hartley Motor Company. Erected in 1880 as a lodge hall, this well preserved historic building served as the town's community center until 1930. Today, the ground floor serves an art gallery and teaching center with many original works being offered for sale. The second-floor meeting room houses historic exhibits and features wall-to-wall frescoes by local artist Charles L. Newcomb, painted in 1913.
Outdoor enthusiasts can head to Hagerstown's Community Park, located at the far west edge of the community. It features a playground, ball diamonds, and picnic shelters. And Scout Lake is a great place to go fishing, take a hike, or enjoy what nature has to offer.
In 1895 a new Hagerstown business was organized, the Railway Cycle Manufacturing Company. Charles N. Teetor invented a “railway cycle” which became the Light Inspection Car for inspecting railroad tracks. The Teetor’s factory brought many good jobs. Youngsters graduating from high school could work in the factory right at home.
Manufacturing is still the most common industry in the Hagerstown area. Other common industries include construction, retail trade, wholesale trade, healthcare, and educational services. Henry County Hospital, about 11 miles away in New Castle, employees many workers in the healthcare industry. As in years past, farming plays a role in the local economy. Terrain surrounding Hagerstown consists of flat land that is used primarily for agriculture. The Bells were voted the 2006 Indiana Farm Family of the Year. Bell’s Strawberry Farms berries are created from a recipe of rich clay loam soil, rain, sunshine, hard work, and fresh deep well water.
The Nettle Creek School Corporation is located in Hagerstown and includes two schools that serve students in Grades PK–12, Nettle Creek Elementary School and Nettle Creek Junior-Senior High School. Accountability is important at this corporation. The schools use standardized measures, teacher-made measures, and student reflections to assess learning progress. Progress occurs in small steps or sometimes in leaps and bounds. Either way, those responsible for success use indications of progress along the way to fine-tune strategies, to accelerate growth, and to assure that all students “Grow @ The Creek.”