Heltonville was laid out in 1845 and named for its founder, Andrew Helton, who had opened a store at the site. This town is located about halfway between Indianapolis and Louisville, Kentucky in an area rich with limestone. Earlier generations have provided stone for such landmarks as the Washington Cathedral and the Federal Triangle Buildings.
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Heltonville is on State Road 58 just west of State Road 446. It’s located just south of Brown County State Park and Lake Monroe. Heltonville is only a 20-minute drive to Bedford, a 40-minute drive to Bloomington, and a little less than an hour to both Nashville and Seymour. There are beautiful homes in Heltonville, both those built recently and those built in past eras. The friendly people here always welcome new residents, and there are an abundance of amenities created by the natural landscape. It’s a great place to live, and we hope you will decide to join us in this area that has so much to offer. We can answer any questions you might have about the Heltonville area.
Antique and specialty shops located throughout “limestone country” have treasures that are waiting to be found by shoppers. An active produce market supplied by the local farms in the area has been a fixture for many years. There are also plenty of pleasant antique shops and places offering modern home decor including antiques, vintage, primitives, and more. There are many more interesting and unique stores in Lawrence County, an area where shoppers come for the hunt of a good find.
The county also has a rich and diverse restaurant scene. One restaurant, 37 Junction Bar & Grill, features family dining, karaoke, and live music. Limestone Cafe offers casual dining with delicious local food and monthly themed dinners. The BBQ Buffet has a wide selection of great food, and diners never leave hungry. Edna’s Pizza serves pizza, specialty sandwiches, wings, salads, and lasagna. Hobby’s Restaurant & Lounge serves everything from sandwiches to entrees with daily specials. Millstone Dining Room at Spring Mill Inn is dining at its finest. There’s something for all tastes at the restaurants located throughout this area, but for more choices, Bloomington has a nice variety of nationally recognized and locally owned restaurants and shops.
There is a community park in Heltonville, and other recreational areas are located close to town. Hoosier National Forest, Free Spirit Campground, Harden Ridge Recreational Area, and several horseback riding camps are in close proximity to Heltonville. The area gives nature lovers many other opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Spring Mill State Park is a historic area famous for its glorious fall colors, flowing cave springs, and rolling terrain. Visitors can tour the limestone grist mill at the restored pioneer village, dating back to the early 1800's. Monroe Lake is a great place for watersports and hiking. With a little longer drive, residents can also enjoy Brown County State Park and Yellowwood State Forest.
There are many historic buildings in the area as well as interesting sites to visit. Land of Limestone Exhibit is housed in the Oakland City University Building in Bedford, built in 1926 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also located in Bedford, The Lawrence County Museum of History is housed in the 100-year-old Hamer-Smith building. The museum is home to many interesting artifacts that showcase the history and heritage of Lawrence County. The Indiana Cave Trail is the best way to experience all three caves in southern Indiana: Bluespring Caverns, Marengo Cave, and Squire Boone Caverns. The nationally known Carousel Winery has a tasting room that boasts a magnificent hand-carved limestone bar.
Today, limestone remains an important part of the economy as it has in the past, but the economic base in Lawrence County also includes automobile manufacturing plants, a federal munitions facility, and various other small businesses and agricultural enterprises. Numerous sawmills are scattered throughout the region. The most common industry in the Heltonville area, which employs about one-quarter of the working population, is manufacturing. Other common industries include construction, wholesale and retail trade, accommodation and food services, and healthcare and social assistance.
Two hospitals, St. Vincent Dunn Hospital and IU Health Bedford, serve the region and offer many jobs to area residents. GM Powertrain, a major employer that produces aluminum casting GM parts, employs over 700 people. Other major employers include Lehigh Cement Company, Indiana Limestone Company, Manchester Tank & Equipment, and Stone City Products. The nationally known Turner Doll Company is located a mile from Heltonville.
North Lawrence Community Schools includes a high school, a career center, three middle schools, nine elementary schools, and a special education center. North Lawrence Community Schools strive to provide opportunities for the development of personal growth and academic competence, thus enabling students to utilize their full potential for success in an increasingly complex world.
Heltonville Elementary School is one of the smallest elementary schools in the school system. It serves Grades K-5 and has one class per grade. The curriculum and teaching strategies are designed to help every student maximize their potential. Students continue to study a comprehensive curriculum through middle school. Bedford North Lawrence High School serves the northern portion of Lawrence County and takes great pride in having achieved the status of an Indiana Four Star School for several years. Those who want to continue their studies upon graduation can attend Indiana University-Bloomington or several other colleges and universities that are located close to Heltonville.