Gwynneville is a small town located in the Hanover Township of Shelby County off of US-52, not far from the town of Morrisville and less than hour’s commute to Indianapolis.
Gwynneville was a settlement as far back as 1860 when hundreds of acres of the forested, swampy land in the area was purchased by Irish landowner O’Brien Gwynn. A large sawmill began being operated in the area, cutting down the virgin timber and leading to its earliest village name of Gwynn’s Mill; the land was eventually made useful as a settlement area, bringing in residents from the surrounding areas.
Today Gwynneville is a small yet busy village that makes use of many different industries and offers all of the daily necessities and amenities required for long-term living. Pairing a quiet, small town feel with the conveniences and amenities of larger towns, Gwynneville is an attractive place for raising children in a strong, close-knit community.
Some of the historic buildings throughout Gwynneville, which previously served as places of businesses in the 1900s, have been converted to condominium and apartment buildings. This has provided for modern residential use of these charming, antique buildings. There are plenty of ranch-style homes with yards in Gwynneville, making ideal homes for couples and young families.
It’s easy to find vacant land for sale in Gwynneville and the surrounding areas for homeowners who wish to design and build their own unique homes. Real estate for sale in Gwynneville is very affordable, which is another advantage of residing in the town. Residents tend to stay in the town for extended periods of time, sometimes multi-generationally. This adds to its family values but often means that homes don’t come up for sale as often in this area compared with neighboring cities and towns.
Though the hustle and bustle of larger towns and cities doesn’t happen within the small community of Gwynneville, there are still plenty of options for shopping and dining. To find anything you can’t find in Gwynneville, you only have to go to one of the many conveniently-close communities. Morristown is a neighboring town and a place where residents can find amazing restaurants. Greenfield is a larger neighboring town situated about 20 minutes northwest of Gwynneville with even more options.
You can also find shopping malls and shopping centers in Shelbyville, such as the Belaire Shopping Center or at the Meadowbrook Shopping Center in Rushville. If residents are prepared for the hour’s drive to Indianapolis, they can discover nearly endless amounts of opportunities for shopping, such as Washington Square Mall as well as virtually any restaurant they desire.
For entertainment and culture, residents can find virtually anything they’re looking for in Indiana’s capital city of Indianapolis, less than hour drive from Gwynneville. Here they can enjoy museums, art galleries, shopping, and theatres.
If you want to stay a little closer to home, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino is a short drive away in Shelbyville. Not only can you watch Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing, but you can also enjoy over 2,200 slots and games as well as an award-winning steakhouse, buffet, and brewhouse. If you’re looking for a little golf, head on over to Hawk’s Tail in Greenfield to stretch your legs on the green.
Based on the largest natural resource in the area, gas is a strong industry in Gwynneville. Another large industry here is the tomato cannery which began in 1928 as the Gwynneville Canning Factory. Operating today as the Roach-Indiana Corporation, the cannery provided income to families throughout the depression and continues to offer employment to the people of Gwynneville.
Many of the residents of Gwynneville undertake the daily commute to Indianapolis and other larger cities where there are more employment and career opportunities with higher salaries. Popular industries in the city include tourism, customer service, retail, sports, life sciences, engineering, and education.
Gwynneville has a rich history when it comes to its educational community as well; the first school “the Dormer” was built on the south side of the major route of US-52. Later the school was moved a half mile west of Gwynneville to a one-room brick building in 1880. A three-room school was used for the children of Gwynneville until the school was consolidated with the neighboring city of Morristown around 1919, where students still attend today.
With less than a five-minute drive between the two towns, the commute for residents of Gwynneville is next to nothing. There are two schools here, educating both students of Gwynneville and Morristown: Morristown Elementary School and Morristown Junior – Senior High School. New Palestine High School is located further west on US-52, offering an additional option for secondary school students of the area.