Greater Martinsville Chamber of Commerce
Area Relocation Package
(Last Updated December 27, 1999)
Message from the Mayor,
City of Martinsville,
Morgan County, Indiana
On behalf of the citizens of Martinsville, I thank you for inquiring about our City. Martinsville consists of approximately 13,000 residents and is nestled between Indianapolis and Bloomington, which allows quick access to a plethora of metropolitan offerings, as well as quality post-secondary educational institutions. Martinsville has been listed as one of the safest cities in the United States by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Our City boasts of being the hometown of John R. Wooden, one of the greatest basketball coaches in history. Just minutes south of Martinsville is the Morgan Monroe State Forest, which provides a wide variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, hunting, and fishing.
You are sure to find our school system one of the finest in Indiana. Our 1,618-member student body continues to capture state championship titles in athletic and academic competitions. We also value the many talented individuals in the Music Department, who have also achieved great honors.
Martinsville is home to some unique businesses. One such business manufactures riot shields for law enforcement agencies. In addition, they secure interiors for police vehicles. Martinsville is also home to one of the largest goldfish hatcheries in the United States, shipping their product worldwide.
We are very proud of our churches and the foundation they provide our families, which reflect on our community's goodwill and ability to work and play together in unity. I am very proud of Martinsville and its residents and their commitment to make our City the best it can be. Martinsville has always been home to me, and I sincerely hope when you visit us that you will find it as warm and friendly as I do.
Should you have any questions or desire further information about the City of Martinsville, please feel free to call my office at 765-342-2861. Please know that our door is always open for a visit at any time.
Shannon L. Buskirk, Mayor
City of Martinsville
P.O. Box 1415
Martinsville, IN 46151
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 4:00
Martinsville Chosen as County Seat Over Centerton and Waverly
By Bette Nunn
Martinsville, county seat of Morgan County, is situated in a peaceful valley
surrounded by hills. Its origin was established by an act of the state
legislature in December of 1821 when Morgan County was formed from what was then
known as Wabash and Delaware counties. Jonathan Jennings was governor of the
state at that time, and in March of 1822, Martinsville, because of its central
location, was designated as the county seat. Other locations considered were
Centerton and Waverly.
Up to the year 1821, however, there was no sign of a town. Wild animals roamed the location and native timber covered the area. One early settler was said to have killed five grizzlies just south of town.
Grizzly bears were not the only wild animals roaming "these hyar hills." Another story is told about a settler near Martinsville who saw several animals lying in the leaves in the woods one day and thought them to be wolves. He fired his gun and killed one of the animals, and the others ran. When he reached the dead animal's location, he was surprised to learn that he had not shot a wolf, but a big panther.
An old Delaware Indian trail ran across the site of the town from the northeast to the southwest, which would, if visible today, pass near the southeast corner of the public square.
Back in 1769, a French explorer named LaSalle descended the Kankakee with 30 of his companions. They were the first Europeans known to have set foot on the soil of Indiana before it was admitted as a state. It is not known for sure that white men ever settled in this county at that time, but it is probable that they did.
The French were known to have navigated all the principal streams and rivers where they would establish trading posts. French missionaries were also prevalent in such stations. Most likely these groups were located where numbers of Indians could be found. Since Indiana was known to Indians as good gaming land, fur trading would probably have proven profitable to them.
It is a matter of record that there was an Indian trail running through what is known as the courthouse square today. Old histories speak of the Indian highway that led to and from the "dark and bloody ground," and historians can only assume that the trail passing here was traveled by many war parties on their journeys to and from their settlements in Kentucky. Historians say these war parties were often accompanied by prisoners and that there is a probability that many were captured by Indian warriors and returned to their Kentucky camps.
Settled by Miamis
Known as a watering place for many generations, Morgan County was settled by
the Miami tribe, and they and the Delawares possessed a large tract of land in
Central Indiana which included Morgan County. The tribe ceded the land to the
United States in October of 1818.
Some historians believe the name of Martinsville originated from a man named John Martin, who lived in Washington County and was the oldest locating commissioner at that time.
Five men donated land to the town so that the county seat could be established. They were John Gray, Joshua Taylor, Samuel Scott, Jacob Cutler and Joel Furguson, who also gave the "big spring."
In the original plat of the town, the boundaries were Highland Street and Walnut Street, both running east and west; and Cherry Street and Water Street, running north and south. Water Street was evidently what is known as Wayne Street today. There were blocks in the plat of the town originally.
This year, Martinsville is 178 years old.
*Lees Inn 765-342-1842 1-800-733-5337
50 Bills Blvd.
Royal Motel 765-342-6671
60 St. Rd. 67 N.
Hillview Motel 765-342-6272
2600 St. Rd. 37 S.
*Super 8 Motel 765-349-2222 1-800-800-8000
Next to Lees Inn
Martinsville/Morgan County Media
Internet Service Providers:
161 N. Jefferson
P.O. Box 1522
Martinsville, IN 46151
P.O. Box 1255
Martinsvillle, IN 46151
449 E. Morgan St.
Martinsville IN 46151
60 S. Jefferson St.
P.O. Box 1636
Martinsville IN 46151
(765) 342-1446 Fax
23 E. Main St.
Mooresville IN 46158
*WCBK-FM 102 (Country)
1639 Burton Lane
P.O. Box 1577
Martinsville IN 46151
(765) 342-5020 Fax
Martinsville High School
1360 E. Gray St.
MARTINSVILLE LIST OF EVENTS
June 10, 2000 (2nd Saturday in June each year)
Fish Fry and Strawberry Festival
June 17, 2000
July 4, 2000
Car Show, Vendors, Bands, etc.
Fireworks at Dusk
Jimmy Nash Park
October 12-15, 2000 (2nd Thursday-Sunday of each year)
Fall Foliage Festival
October 13, 2000
Customer Appreciation Night
October 31, 2000
Safe Trick or Treat Night
November 11, 2000 (2nd Saturday in November each year)
East Middle School Craft Fair
November 24, 2000 (Friday after Thanksgiving each year)
Jimmy Nash Park Christmas Lighting Ceremony
November 25, 2000
Holiday Open House
November 25, 2000 (Saturday after Thanksgiving each year)
Downtown Christmas Lighting Ceremony
290 E. Pike St.
First Assembly of God
St. Martin of Tours
Liberty Christian Church
CHURCH OF CHRIST
Church of Christ
CHURCH OF GOD
Destined to Win Christian Center
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon)
Prince of Peace Lutheran
Martinsville Meeting at Realty World Builders Co-Op
Evangelical Methodist Church
Hoosier Harvest Church
The Church of Jesus Christ
Church of God
|American Legion Post 230|
701 E. Morgan St.
American Legion Aux.
1990 Country Club Rd.
American Lung Assoc.
1100 W. 42nd St.
Indianapolis IN 46202
615 N. Alabama St.
Indianapolis IN 46204
Boy Scouts of America
860 N. Lincoln
Community Foundation of Morgan County
19 S. Indiana St.
Mooresville, IN 46158
Delta Sigma Kappa
4635 Wilbur Rd.
Delta Theta Tau
1035 Lincoln Hill Rd.
140 Duo Dr.
Denominational Garden Club
120 Maple Turn Rd.
Eastern Star, Martha Chapter 217
30 E. Harrison St.
Elks Club 1349
1010 S. Josephine St.
P.O. Box 1186
Elks Club 1349-Ladies
1010 S. Josephine St.
Fall Foliage Festival
110 N. Jefferson,
PO Box 1243
Fraternal Order of Police
Franz Hollanders, Chief
City Police Dept.
Morgan Co. Division of Tulip Trace
359 S. Grant St.
Greater Martinsville Chamber of Commerce
210 N. Marion St.
P0 Box 1378
990 E. Lincoln St.
Kappa Kappa Sigma
19 Plateau Circle
Kiwanis Club Early Edition
240 Hillview Dr.
Kiwanis Club P.M. Edition
209 W. Garfield
Knights of Columbus
20 Southview Dr.
Loyal Order of Moose 1127
60 W. Pike St.
Women of Moose
60 W. Pike St.
Lorraine Rebekah Lodge 95
5140 Bryant's Creek Rd.
Martinsville Area Senior Citizens
Jeannie M. East
1369 Blue Bluff Rd.
Martinsville Arts & Crafts Committee
Martinsville Arts Council
3955 Adams Dr.
340 E. Harrison St.
Martinsville Literary Club
1320 S. Shore Dr.
Martinsville Ministerial Assn.
Rev. Nathan Janssen
Prince of Peace Lutheran
1189 E. Washington St.
Morgan Co. Antique Machinery Association
1959 John R. Wooden Dr.
Morgan County Bar Association
59 N. Jefferson
Morgan Co. Blood Drive
3165 South Hampton Dr.
Morgan County Cancer Society
1035 Lincoln Hill Rd.
Morgan Co. Democratic Party
2110 Foxcliff N.
*Morgan County Extension Office
180 S. Main St., Suite 229
Morgan County Fair and 4-H Association
Morgan Co. Heart Assn.
Morgan Co. Hospital
Morgan Co. Historic Preservation Society
1090 E. Harrison St.
Morgan Co. History and Genealogy Assn.
810 E. Washington
Morgan Co. Hospital Guild
2209 John R. Wooden Dr.
Morgan County Humane Society
P.O. Box 1794
Morgan Co. Marketing Board of Realtors
*Morgan Co. Red Cross
465 S. Main St.
Morgan County Republican Party
601 Bray Rd.
Morgan County Republican Women
1959 John R. Wooden Dr.
Morgan Co. Sertoma
Morgan Co. Shrine Club
P.O. Box 1462
*Networking Business Women
139 E. Green St.
Phi Beta Psi
580 S. St. Clair
Psi Iota Xi Eta Chi
215 Goodnight Rd.
28 N. Main St.
Tri Kappa Alpha Assn.
Tri Kappa Beta Assn.
Betty Jo Blunk
VFW Post 1257
1000 S. Josephine St.
Metropolitan School District of Martinsville
460 S. Main St.
Martinsville, In 46151
METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT OF MARTINSVILLE
The Metropolitan School District of Martinsville commits itself to producing and maintaining an educational environment in which each individual student and employee:
The schools of the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville are an
excellent place to learn.
Time and proper assistance are provided so that all students are expected to learn and do learn at very high levels.
Each school provides an orderly environment with rules, values, high expectations, caring, and commitment that together create a healthy family-type atmosphere. All school personnel care; they model the obligation and desire to teach, and they promote the academic and personal success of each student.
As importantly, parents participate in the education of their children, and their active and supportive involvement is continually sought.
"Hard to define, impossible to legislate for, quality, like truth is an attitude of mind."
Charles Hardy, in The Age of Unreason
"Quality is defined by the customer. It is whatever the customer says that it is."
W. Edwards Deming
"Quality includes things you can count - it also includes things you can't count."
James Auter, Superintendent of Schools
Quality requires an attitude of continuous improvement in all things.
To that, the MSD of Martinsville is committed.
We believe that our schools should strive for excellence in all that they do. We believe that all children can learn and practically all can learn at very high levels.
We believe that each student is unique and we should promote the maximum intellectual emotional, physical, social, aesthetic, and moral development of each student.
We believe each student should experience regular opportunities for rigorous analytical thinking.
We believe that as educators we should have vision, empathy, and the ability to help each student grow into all he/she is capable of becoming.
We believe that the school climate should be one of trust, respect, and security.
Superintendent’s Office, 342-6641
Maintenance Department 342-7896
Transportation Department, 342-5597
Building Trades, 342-8572
Central Elem., 342-6611
East Middle, 342-6675
Green Township Elem., 342-0505
Martinsville High School, 342-5571
Poston Road Elem., 342-8408
Smith Elem., 342-8488
South Elem., 349-1486
West Middle, 342-6628
Extracurricular activities are numerous and diverse, offering all students a wide choice of experiences. A variety of clubs operating at the middle and high school levels enjoy large memberships.
The music program has been recognized yearly for excellence in state competitions. Interscholastic athletics is a vital part of the total educational system, offering young men and women an opportunity to participate in most sports.
An Outdoor Education Resident Camp program involving all fifth grade students in the corporation has been conducted each spring at Bradford Woods.
The MSD of Martinsville is the 38th largest school district in the state of Indiana and provides transportation for over 65% of all students to the 12 schools in the district.
PRESCHOOLS & KINDERGARTENS
Morgan County Memorial Hospital Has Quality Health Care
Morgan County Memorial Hospital, located in scenic Martinsville, is centrally located to serve the town and surrounding ommunities. This full-service hospital is staffed by the finest physicians, nurses, and support personnel, providing a wide range of quality health care services.
If you take a step backwards in time to 1924, the original hospital was
erected on land donated by J.W. Hussey. Hussey's 8-year-old son was struck and
killed by a truck while riding his bicycle. This prompted Hussey to campaign
extensively for a hospital, as there was no health facility to serve the town.
The building then located on South Main Street was dedicated by the Mayor E.L.
Avery and Dr. W.J. Sandy, president of the Morgan County Medical Society. The
original staff of four employees included a superintendent, assistant
superintendent, a surgical nurse and night supervisor.
Due to extensive growth, the hospital location was moved, and construction of
the current facility at 2209 John R. Wooden Drive was completed in 1958. A third
floor was added in 1969.
A planning committee was established in 1975 to decide the future of health care in Morgan County. This committee developed a course of action for the next decade. In 1981 a major construction and restoration project was completed, which included a new surgical department, radiology, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, emergency department, and kitchen and cafeteria.
Renovations of the lab, pharmacy, medical records, business office, central sterilization and administrative offices were also
completed. In addition, the hospital recruited a broad spectrum of physicians who established their medical practices here. In 1991 the Critical Care, in-house CT Scanner, and Cardiac Rehabilitation addition was completed. The hospital established its HomeCare Department in 1992, to meet the growing demand for home-based services.
The Obstetrical Department was totally overhauled in 1994. The new unit has five labor and delivery, recovery and postpartum suites that are fully self-contained. The new birthing rooms feature fully designed wood floors and furnishings and are decorated with a personal touch to produce a cozy atmosphere. Facilities were added to perform cesarean section deliveries, and the nursery was renovated and moved to the front of the new unit.
Renovations also included the Occupational Therapy Department and a major portion of the laboratory.
The groundbreaking for a new Physicians' Medical Building began in the spring
of 1995. The completed building, opening in early 1996, is next to the hospital
and can be accessed through the hospital by a connecting corridor. Seven
hospital physicians relocated their offices to this building when it was
complete. Expansions for seven more physicians' offices are available in the new
“It is important to Morgan County Memorial Hospital how you are treated when
you come here. We promote an atmosphere where our patients know how meaningful
they are to us. High quality, compassionate, prompt, health care is our
mission," Dean Melton, hospital administrator said. "The hospital has an
excellent medical staff with many full-time specialists. Additionally, we offer
curricula covering cardiopulmonary wellness and rehabilitation, diabetes
control, CPR, and prenatal classes, along with other key community education
The hospital has a $27,000,000 budget and 86 beds. It is extremely busy for a
hospital of this size. In 1994, outpatient services reached 48 percent of total
revenues. We admitted 1,841 patients and there were 323,315 outpatient
procedures performed. Our HomeCare Department made 9,535 visits during the year.
The Emergency Department remains very busy, seeing 18,802 patients during the
same time frame.
For more information on the advanced health care services available at Morgan County Memorial Hospital, call 317-342-0299, extension 106.
|Bailey, George R.
Brill, Betty Ann
*Country View Apartments
Spring Lake Apartments
ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES
Jimmy Nash City Park consists of 90 acres in the city limits of Martinsville.
It boasts a swimming pool, five shelter houses, picnic tables and benches, a
caretaker’s residence, tennis courts, baseball and softball diamond, basketball
court, foot trails, a playground, as well as a pond for fishing in the summer
and ice skating in the winter.
The city also has five Little League baseball parks and one softball park.
Artesian Bowl is located just south of Martinsville on Morton Avenue. It has
been renovated and has 18 lanes.
The Showplace Cinema
Located next to the Artesian Bowl on Morton Avenue, Showplace Cinema offers
first run movies at a price the whole family can afford.
Theaters and Music Halls
The proximity of Martinsville to Indiana University, Bloomington and
Indianapolis, allows the residents of Martinsville to enjoy a broad spectrum of
the performing arts.
Morgan County Senior Centers, Inc.
The senior centers have locations in Martinsville, Morgantown, and
Mooresville. The centers were formed to provide services which would enable
older adults to live independently during their retirement years. Services
provided include information and referral, friendly visitor, meals on wheels,
transportation, recreational and educational programs, handyman, homemaker,
health programs, employment referral, assessment, community service nutrition
program, emergency food packages and volunteer work.
Fourth of July Spectacular – One of Indiana’s most exciting ground and
aerial fireworks displays is held yearly at Jimmy Nash Park. More than 15,000
adults and children turn out for this colorful event.
Fall Foliage Festival – A colorful week in October culminates on the second Sunday with the second largest parade in Indiana. Each day of the festival is filled with things to do and see, including games, musical entertainment, bus tours, a flea market, and art show, the mayor’s breakfast, and several days of harvest markets around the square. The parade is highlighted with bands, floats, clowns and special Shrine units.
The Barbara B. Jordon Branch YMCA is a full facility YMCA serving the
residents of Morgan County. A full range of programs is offered including adult
fitness classes; water exercise programs; Y's Owl Pre-school for 3's, 4's, and 5
year old boys and girls; progressive swim lessons for youth and adults; water
adjustment classes for infants (6 months to 3 Years); youth and adult lap swims;
and soccer and basketball leagues.
The facility includes two racquetball courts, indoor running track, Universal weight equipment, free weights, whirlpool, sauna, men's and women's locker and shower facilities, swimming pool and two tennis courts.
The YMCA is committed to the enhancement of quality of life of people in
Morgan County, particularly those who enroll as members and participate in its
Judeo-Christian values-based programs and services.
Martinsville Country Club
The Martinsville Country Club was built in 1925 by W.A. Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy
also owned the Home Lawn Mineral Springs and the club was used in conjunction
with this facility.
The course was originally designed as a nine (9) hole course. Bill Diddle as Indiana golf architect was the designer and builder. The first gold professional and course superintendent was Alf Ward. He served in this capacity until 1928 when Barney Daughtery, who came to this country from Scotland replaced him. In 1934 Don Carmichael, a local boy, replaced Daughtery. Carmichael has started at the
Mr. Carmichael operated the club as Pro, Manager and Superintendent until 1967 when he and Don Kennedy, son of W.A. Kennedy, purchased the club. In 1968 Ron and Sam Carmichael bought Don Kennedy's interest in the club.
In 1970 planning was begun for a second nine (9) holes. Bob Simmons of Kokomo was hired to design and build the additional nine (9). Construction was completed and the new nine (9) was opened for play in the summer of 1972.
The Martinsville Country Club is a picturesque eighteen (18) hole course situated in the Beautiful hills and valleys of Southern Indiana. The course plays to 6500 yards and to a par of 71. There are forty sand traps that the golfer is confronted with plus a creek that must be crossed five times during the round. Trees are in abundance at Martinsville with each hole being defined by beautiful Norway Spruce, Chinese Elms, Oaks and Red and White Pine.
If you are looking for a real golfing treat, playing Martinsville Country Club will be just what you are looking for.
Bradford Woods is a 2400 acre center for leadership training, residential
outdoor education and group camping, located just 6 miles north of
Bradford Woods is nationally and internationally known for its leadership in the fields of school camping, camping for people with disabilities and in developing leaders to work in outdoor centers and areas.
The Facilities at Bradford Woods consist of four villages plus the manor house. Each village includes winterized group sleeping cabins, dining hall and recreation areas.
Bradford Woods is available for educational and recreational purposes for groups of 10 or more. Church groups, youth groups, civic organizations and many other types of groups have rented the facilities for meetings, retreats, luncheons and recreational outings.
Morgan-Monroe state forest provides recreation, timber management, wildlife management, watershed protection, research and preservation. No Entrance fees are charged and all facilities are on the first come, first-served basis.
Facilities Include : (23,443 acres)
* Boat Launch Ramp
* Boat Motor / Elec. Trolling only
* Camping (Class ``C" / 32 sites - family/youth)
* Dumping station
* Fishing / Ice fishing 4 Small lakes
* Hiking trails / 2 circular trails
* Shelterhouses / 7
*Three timber management demonstration area trails, backcountry camping area
* Youth Tent Area
Internet Information About Martinsville/Morgan County
Indiana Business Research Center:
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS IN THE COMMUNITY
|MARTINSVILLE . . .
Area Senior Center
Board of Park Commissioners
Chamber of Commerce
Martinsville City of . . .
City Clerk Treasurer
Fire Department, Emergency Only
Fire Department, Non-Emergency
Police Department, Emergency Only
Police Department, Non-Emergency & Other Calls
Water & Sewage Works
Sewage Treatment Plant
MORGAN COUNTY . . .
Community Service Center
Data Admin., 180 S. Main
Employment & Training
Family & Children’s Div.
Morgan County Fairgrounds
Morgan Health Service
Rural Water Corp.
Soil & Water Conservation
WIC (Women, Infant & Children)
Morgan County Offices . . .
Assessor, 180 S. Main
Auditor, 180 S. Main
Board of Health, 180 S. Main
CASA, 65 N. Jefferson
Commissioners, 180 S. Main
Community Corrections, 65 N. Jefferson
Court Services, 65 N. Jefferson
Circuit Court, Courthouse
Highway Dept., 5400 Blue Bluff Rd.
Magistrate Court, Courthouse
Microfilm Dept., Courthouse
Plan Commission, Courthouse
Probation, 65 N. Jefferson
Purdue Extension, 180 S. Main
Recorder, 180 S. Main
Sheriff, 160 N. Park
Superior Court I, Courthouse
Superior Court II, Courthouse
Superior Court III, Courthouse
Surveyor, 180 S. Main
Title 4D, Courthouse
Treasurer, 180 S. Main
Wraparound Services, 65 N. Jefferson
GOVERNMENT OFFICES . . .
Township . . .
Washington Township Fire Dept.
Washington Township Trustee
State . . .
Indiana Dept. of Highway
U.S. . . .
Dept. of Agriculture
Indiana National Guard
NURSING HOMES and RETIREMENT . . .
Grandview Manor Center
Kennedy Living Center
Ken Mar Apartments
349-4900 or 342-6614