The unincorporated town of Somerset in north-central Indiana has quite a unique history. The original town is now located deep underwater, having been submerged when the Mississinewa Dam was built. It's hard to imagine that the first Somerset was quite so beautiful as the second with its wooded groves and narrow streets. Of course, maybe it’s the lakeside views that really put it over the top.
The wooded banks and narrow bends of Mississinewa Lake offer residents of this simple community an excellent resource when it comes to recreation. They also provide a source of sustenance to the rich farmlands that define so much of the landscape outside of town—a congenial reminder that this is America's Heartland.
And while Somerset's quiet streets, glistening lake, and lush greenery might set a bucolic tone, it's far from isolated. Built along State Road 13, residents enjoy direct access to the county seat, Wabash, which is less than ten miles away. And the small city of Marion is only 15 miles southeast of Somerset, making it a more than acceptable commute for those looking to combine a small town quality of life with its diverse cultural and economic advantages.
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When it comes to escaping the summer heat, homes in Somerset are perfectly placed. They enjoy ample shade thanks to its tree-lined streets and lush wooded areas, which give the central neighborhood a soothing, leafy feel. And with Mississinewa Lake within walking distance for most homeowners, a dip in cool waters is never hard to come by.
Like many Midwest communities, most of the homes are centralized in the town center with cultivated fields along its outskirts. Within the town center, you'll find many classic family homes built to last for generates, offering ample lots and easy access to good neighbors. Due to its coveted locale, you might also find larger and more modern properties in Somerset at any given time.
For local shopping options, there's not much in the way of amenities directly in Somerset. But that's just fine for most homeowners since Wabash is less than ten miles away to the north via direct access on State Road 13. Wabash has supermarkets to stock the kitchen, large department stores for one-stop shopping, and retail stores for specialized items. Wabash also offers an excellent downtown community for pedestrian-friendly shopping where you'll find many locally owned shops and boutiques. Wabash likewise offers an excellent dining scene, whether you're looking for a quick bite out or take out or something more invested. You'll find cafes, diners, family restaurants, taverns, pizzerias, and ethnic eateries among the many options.
For an alternative choice, look to Marion, which is just five miles further. With a population of around nearly 30,000, Marion is almost three times the size of Wabash and offers a more diverse retail and dining experience. Or for an urban outing, the city of Fort Wayne is about an hour away, perfect for an extended shopping trip.
With Mississinewa Lake along the north side of town, Somerset residents enjoy an excellent lake culture that includes boating and fishing. Along the lake you'll also find many protected parks offering hiking and camping such as the Hogback Ridge Recreation Area, located just east of Somerset.
When it comes to more varied entertainment, many residents choose to make the easy trip to Wabash or Marion, both of which offer theaters, golf courses, galleries, and venues for music and the arts. Both cities also hold many festivals and other cultural events throughout the year. Of these two cities, Marion probably offers the more exciting nightlife, not just because it is much larger than Wabash but because it is home to Indiana Wesleyan University.
A drive to Fort Wayne is also worth the occasional trip and more than convenient for Somerset homeowners. This teeming urban landscape offers an excellent arts scene with museums, galleries, and many historic sites. The city houses many venues for both professional and amateur theater, ballet, and live music including local bands, national tours, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra.
Indianapolis is only a slightly more ambitious destination in terms of driving distance and features a throbbing cultural life where thrill-seekers can catch some of the biggest acts in entertainment and enjoy some of the finest cuisine in the country. Indianapolis also hosts professional sports teams with the Colts (NFL) and Pacers (NBA).
While job opportunities may not be overflowing in Somerset itself, its favorable location near several large industrial hubs means residents don't have to go far to find work. Both Wabash and Marion are popular commuting destinations for work. There you can find jobs in manufacturing, small business, and retail. Marian also offers jobs in education with over 15,000 students attending Indiana Wesleyan University.
And of course, Somerset is located a region renowned for its agricultural production and is home to many farms. Therefore, those with the appropriate experience will find work in farming, warehousing, and even distribution.
Somerset's children enroll in the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County. This school district is centered in the town of Wabash and consists of students from five different townships, bringing children from wholesome, rural communities together to form a strong collaborative learning environment. The school facilities offer progressive advantages essential to a contemporary education including technology integration in the classroom. Prospective homeowners with children will also be pleased to know that the schools in this system consistently surpass averages in standardized testing, which has contributed to many past Four Star school awards bestowed by the Indiana Department of Education.