Settlers first arrived in the Hillsboro area in 1821. The town was named after the hilly terrain in this area. The establishment of a grist and textile mill on the banks of the Little Blue River just south of Hillsboro provided the community with its first industry in 1838 and inaugurated an era of prosperity. The mill became so busy that two shifts of workers were employed with 20 men working steadily day and night. Meanwhile, other industries also sprang up: two blacksmith shops, a wagon shop, two shoe shops, a harness business, a cabinet shop, and a store.
You can find a charming home in this area that is steeped in history and filled with small town hospitality and charm. Our realtors can tell you what is available in the Hillsboro area with a simple call or visit to our office. We can show you cozy and affordable homes, homes in town or in the country, or homes built at various times throughout the town’s history. There’s something for everyone, and we can help you find the right home for you.
Hillsboro is at the intersection of U.S. Route 136 and State Road 341, about a mile south of Interstate 74. Centrally located in the Wabash Valley, Hillsboro sits on a river in the heartland between Indianapolis, Lafayette, Terre Haute, and Danville, IL. If you prefer small town life to big city living, Hillsboro is the place for you. Commuting is easy with close proximity to a high-quality highway system. Our realtors can help you find a home that is located in an area that is a convenient drive to your workplace. We know the real estate market, and we can help you determine the best neighborhood for your needs. Our expertise will help you make a smooth transition to your new home.
For a yummy meal at an affordable price, stop at Hillsboro’s Chatterbox Cafe. With daily specials, the menu features many local favorites. Or you can visit Pizza King, which serves delicious pizza, salads, subs, and sandwiches. Stop for a meal or a late night snack. For a fun dining and shopping experience, the Danville Village Mall, located in Danville, Illinois, is only about a 45-minute drive away. Both chain stores and specialty stores at this indoor mall offer a wide variety of merchandise. And the kids can have fun in the play area. After shopping, grab a quick meal before ending the day at the movie theater.
A second mall, Tippecanoe Mall, is located in Lafayette. It’s also an indoor mall, offering a delightful array of shopping selections from jewelry to women's apparel, and it includes more than 100 specialty stores plus a food court. Do some antique shopping at Leaping Leopard, House With The Lions Antiques, and Cabbages & Kings Antique Mall where there is a wide variety of pieces from the past.
Myers Dinner Theater performs professional family-oriented shows. In addition to top-caliber entertainment, visitors can expect delicious home-cooked food with menus tailored to each performance. The quaint atmosphere of the establishment completes a great theatrical experience. From well-known plays to “homemade” revues and extravaganzas, Myers Dinner Theater does it all. A gospel concert series also delights music lovers of all ages. B & H General Store serves as the Myers Dinner Theatre Gift Shop. The selection is constantly changing, and many of these specialty items are located from across the nation.
For nature lovers, the annual Covered Bridge Festival in Rockville is 20 minutes away. This area features 31 bridges, one of the largest collections of covered bridges in the world. Hikers will enjoy the most spectacular of Indiana’s state park trails at Shades State Park or Turkey Run State Park. Shades State Park features beautiful sandstone cliffs overlooking Sugar Creek and numerous shady ravines. The property also includes Pine Hills Nature Preserve, which affords spectacular topography for those willing to take a long hike. At Turkey Run State Park, hikers can discover Indiana’s ancient natural artifacts. Many old growth trees exist in the park. A walk into one of the ravines takes visitors on a trip through time for the sandstone gorges represent 600 to 300 million years of nature's handiwork. Canoeing, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, camping, three-course golfing, antique shopping, and visiting area historical sites are just a few of the options in this lovely area.
Manufacturing is the most common industry in the Hillsboro area. Other common industries include construction; retail trade; wholesale trade; educational services; public administration; and professional, scientific and technical services. For those in the healthcare profession, there are seven hospitals in the area that offer numerous employment opportunities.
There are three school systems in the Hillsboro area. Located in a rural Indiana setting, the Southeast Fountain School Corporation is a well-balanced, vibrant educational system supported by K-12 curricular and extracurricular opportunities. Attica Consolidated School Corporation offers a comprehensive curriculum that encourages scholastic and personal growth. Covington Community School Corporation provides all students with a well-balanced educational curriculum and many opportunities to participate in sports, musical organizations, and clubs.
For post-secondary education, Wabash College is 12 minutes away while Purdue University and Indiana State University are both an easy 45-minute drive from Hillsboro.