From the moment you set eyes on the cobblestones of Zionsville’s Main Street, you know you’ve found something special.
Zionsville was founded in 1852 and established itself on the completion of the old Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Lafayette Railroad. The original plat of the town consisted of nine blocks, containing 81 lots. The name “Zionsville” was given to the town in honor of William Zion of Lebanon, who was the principal founder. A decade later, in 1861, Abraham Lincoln made a whistle-stop speech in Zionsville when traveling to his inauguration. The location where this took place is now one of the town’s many parks, aptly named Lincoln Park.
By 1887, the town had prospered, gaining in strength and accumulating a population of 1,100 citizens. In the last 2016 census that town of 1,100 is now home to 26,784 residents.
Don’t let the population of this northwest suburban town of Indianapolis mislead you. It’s packed with authentic charm, arts and culture. From the picturesque neighborhoods with defined architecture to beautiful parks, unique shops, art, and dining opportunities, there’s something for everyone in Zionsville.
There’s a fun vibe throughout the area’s culinary scene, from local coffee hang-out spots, casual locally-owned sandwich shops, to ultra-modern upscale restaurants. The same goes for shopping, whether you’re looking for that hard-to-find unique antique, one-of-a-kind piece of art, or the perfect outfit complete with a little bling to wear to that swanky party. The variety and quality of Zionsville’s shopping and dining opportunities, mixed with the charm of their cobblestone streetscapes, offers visitors an extraordinary experience that will not be forgotten.
If you need another reason to visit, how about for a great event? Zionsville has a number of annual events throughout the year. The town is home to the Brick Street Market, an annual artisan event held the Saturday before Mother’s Day. It features over 100 artisans from all over the Midwest. Strolling through the booths lined along Main Street you’ll find everything from up-cycled items to one-of-a-kind paintings and jewelry.
If you’re more of a dancer than shopper, there’s something for you, too. Mark your calendar for the first Saturday in August to attend the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce Street Dance. More than 7,000 people come out and literally dance in the streets of Zionsville to a vibrant band while enjoying local food, craft beer and vendors.
Coming up in December is Christmas in the Village. When you mix Zionsville’s Main Street with the whimsy of Christmas you have something truly magical. The month- long list of activities kicks off on November 30th, 2019, the Saturday after Thanksgiving with the Main Street Parade and tree lighting which ushers the arrival of Santa Claus into the village. Santa will reside, in his Santa House, located on Main Street, every weekend during the month of December.
Throughout the month of December, from 11 am to 3 pm, there are free visits with Santa, wagon rides through the Village and live entertainment. Some days, Victorian Carolers stroll the streets; other days you may find beloved characters on parade. Be sure to check the schedule, as events are always being added.
Visiting another time? How about adding Hopwood’s Great Grape Stomp, Zionsville Lions Club Fall Festival, or the Miss Indiana Parade to your agenda?
Regardless of when you visit, Zionsville will offer authentic charm, plenty of events and great memories.
For more information go to: www.zionsvillechamber.org