Fortville, Indiana is a town in Hancock County, just east of the north corner of Indianapolis. Its population was 3,444 in the official 2000 census. Fortville is surrounded by lots of cities in Indiana representing the quintessential Midwest America, such as Woodbury, McCordsville, Ingalls, Hardscrabble, Mohawk and Pleasant Acres. Its location right on State Road 67 gives commuters a straight shot into the Indy metropolis, whose borders are less than 10 miles away.
Fortville maintains two parks for the benefit of its citizens. Landmark Park is a well maintained space with a gazebo and shelters, and Memorial Park is a more natural, heavily wooded and gracious area, with a rambling creek running through it.
The Fortville downtown sector is renowned as a fine repository of architectural history and charming, small-town ambiance. It may not be first on the list of historic downtowns near Indianapolis, but Fortville’s center does have a special character all its own, and makes for a pleasant visit and trip down memory lane.
The town of Fortville was named not after an actual fort in the area, but after original settlers in the mid-1880s whose last name was Fort. Fortville was incorporated as an official town in 1865, and had a population of 240 at the time.
For three consecutive years, the community was named a “Tree City” by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Towns with that distinction have the advantages of professional guidance from the National Association of State Foresters, as well as the USDA Forest Service, in matters of reforestation, technical help and public education.
In order to receive the designation of “Tree City,” a town must have these programs in place:
- A tree board
- A tree care ordinance
- A viably funded community forestry program
- Observance of Arbor Day
The people of Fortville are proud of their town’s participation in this program for the betterment of the community and its environs.
Fortville restaurants are more in number and better in quality than you might expect for such a small burg. The proximity to Indianapolis restaurants is a reciprocal benefit, creating a magnetic pull to Fortville from the big city just a few miles to the Southwest, and from Fortville to Indy, where suburbanites can go to enjoy some of the fine Indianapolis restaurants.
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