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Basic Information

Address: 18 West 10th Street, Brookville, Indiana 47012
Phone Number: 765-647-6522
Fax Number: 7652594538
Person of Contact: Mikel Beck
County Seat: Brookville

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Additional Information

Year Organized: 11
Square Miles: 391
Size of Board: 5
Townships: Bath Township Blooming Grove Township Brookville Township Butler Township Fairfield Township Highland Township Laurel Township Metamora Township Posey Township Ray Township Salt Creek Township Springfield Township Whitewater Township
Cites: Batesville (Partial)
Schools: Franklin County High School Franklin County Middle School Brookville Elementary Laurel School Mt Carmel School Batessville High School, Middle School and Intermediate School & Primary St. Michael School Oldenburg Academy St. Louis School
School Districts: Franklin County Community School
Libraries: Franklin County Public Library District
Museums: none
Parks: Brookville Town Park Metamora Town Park Brookville Lake - DNR
Population: 23,087
Demographics:

Per Wikipedia
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 23,087 people, 8,579 households, and 6,447 families residing in the county.[20] The population density was 60.1 inhabitants per square mile (23.2/km2). There were 9,538 housing units at an average density of 24.8 per square mile (9.6/km2).[3] The racial makeup of the county was 98.3% white, 0.2% black or African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.9% of the population.[20]In terms of ancestry, 40.3% were German, 14.7% were American, 13.1% were Irish, and 9.5% were English.[21]

Of the 8,579 households, 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.6% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.9% were non-families, and 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.07. The median age was 40.0 years.[20]

The median income for a household in the county was $47,697 and the median income for a family was $60,300. Males had a median income of $43,443 versus $32,612 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,090. About 8.6% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.8% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.[22]

County History:

Founded in 1811
Named for Benjamin Franklin
Seat : Brookville
Largest town: Brookville
Population: (2010) 23,087
Congressional district 6th
Time Zone Eastern
Indiana County number 24
Some of the early settlers of this county were Primitive Baptists, they came with Elder William Tyner who came from Virginia in 1797. They organized the Little Cedar Grove Baptist Church, the first church in the Whitewater Valley. The members built a log church as early as 1805, about two or three miles southeast of Brookville, Indiana. In 1812 they built a large brick church, with balcony, and rifle ports. They held the first meeting in it on August 1, 1812. It is the oldest church building standing on its original site in Indiana. It is open as a historic site.
James B. Goudie Jr. Speaker of the Indiana House was from Franklin County.

Additional Information:

Here are some interesting facts about Franklin County.
 
We did hold the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest serving of Fried Chicken and it is also featured in Ripley’s Believe it or not.
 
While Oldenburg has the painted Fire hydrants that resemble residents, Brookville has the 400 pound chickens dress up and painted along Main Street. Oldenburg is a small village known as the “Village of Spires”.  It is a small German, Catholic community. The town still has many of the original stone and brick structures that contain shops and residences.  You will notice the signs are bilingual (German and English) throughout the town. The Convent is open for tours and Michaela Farm’s is around 300 acres and promotes agriculture, education and spirituality. In 2014 The German-American Hall of Fame in New York City named Oldenburg as the 9th best location for German Heritage in America (http://gamhof.org/pdfs/TownsVillagesSitesNo9.pdf). Oldenburg is also featured in the 2015 National Geographic Book Abroad at Home.
 
Then we have the Historic Pre Civil War Canal Town of Metamora. Still in operation is water powered Grist Mill, a horse drawn canal boat ride and the nation’s only surviving, in service, wooden aqueduct.  Whitewater Valley Railroad brings visitors to Metamora for a day of shopping in the quaint shops and to view the historic buildings. If you go to Metamora make sure you stop at Granny’s Cookie Jar shop.  She now holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the most cookie jars in one location.
 
Brookville is home to the 5,260 acre Brookville Lake. Enjoy the beach, boating, picnic areas and fishing. Brookville has held state records for striped bass and muskellunge.
 
While In Brookville you might hear the “Call of the Wild” at the Wolf Creek Habitat. Make a reservation to go into the Wolves habitat to sit and interact with many of the wolves.  They hold annually “The Native American Gathering” in the spring and the fall.
 
Brookville also has Indiana’s largest canoe race held every year the last weekend in June.
 
In a small town of Laurel, you will hear the roar of off road racing and entertainment, 750 acres of wooded hills and trails.  Whether you ride a bike or drive a buggy, 4x4’s or ATV you will not be disappointed with Haspin Acres.  Trail riding, 2 motocross tracks and enjoy watching races such as the Hair Scramble, Halloween 100, Motocross Races and Flat Drags.
 
Whitewater River below the Dam of the Brookville Lake is called the best Trout fishing you will find.  This area provides anglers with a popular trout fishing destination for over 35 years.
 
We also have 3 beautiful golf courses and Zip Lining in our county and MANY festivals throughout the year.
 
Franklin County also has the oldest church, in Indiana, that is still standing in its original location and is the home of 4 Governors:  James Brown Ray (in office 1825-1831), Noah Noble (in office 1831-1837), David Wallace (in office 1837-1840), and Abram Hammond (in office 1860-1861)
 

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