Centerville, Indiana

Zip Code: 47330
Population: 2,541

Centerville, Indiana is located in Center Township in the center of Wayne County. Children in this community attend Centerville-Abington Community Schools..

The National Road, now known as U.S. 40, runs east-west through the center of this community.

The Archway Days community celebration is held each year on the third weekend in August. It is organized by the friendly folks at Promote Centerville, Inc., who welcome new members.

Attractions

History

Centerville was platted in 1814. In 1818 it became the county seat and remained so until 1873. The streets were originally 100 feet wide, but with the increased activity in town when it became the county seat, the width was decreased to 65 feet. Buildings with common walls were erected in front of original buildings. The original buildings could then be reached through the archways.

The five existing Archways are unusual in the interior of the United States. The Centerville Archways date from 1823 through 1836.

  • Backenstoes Archway, circa 1835 at 139 East Main Street
  • Dill Archway, circa 1830 at 109 S. Morton Avenue
  • Shortridge Archway, circa 1820 at 205 West Main Street
  • Lantz Archway, circa 1823 at 212 West Main Street
  • Malone Archway, circa 1836 at 119 West Main Street

Centerville is home to Wayne County's original log courthouse which was moved to Centerville and restored in 1998. It is the only original log courthouse still standing in the Northwest Territory.

The house at 319 West Main in Centerville, Indiana was home to Indiana's Civil War governor, Oliver P. Morton. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For a fun bit of history, read about the "war" between Centerville and Richmond over the location of the county seat in 1873.

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Schools

  • Centerville-Abington Community Schools
  • Government Services

    For Emergencies: Call 9-1-1

    Service Address Phone Number
    Centerville Fire Department 414 South Morton Street DIAL 9-1-1
    Non-emergency: 765.855.3889
    Police Department   DIAL 9-1-1
    Non-emergency: 765.855.5222
    City Building
    Clerk, Treasurer, and Utilities Office
    204 East Main Street 765.855.5515
    Centerville - Center Township Library 126 East Main Street 765.855.5223
    Municipal Garage 816 North McMinn Road 765.855.3408
    Post Office 300 East Main Street 765.855.5121
    Water Works 601 South Morton Avenue 765.855.3261

    Elected Officials

    Elected Official Position Phone
    Janice Roberts Town Clerk / Treasurer 765.855.5515
    Daniel W. Wandersee Council President  
    Paul W. Widau Council Member  
    Douglas G. Dillman Council Member  
    Michael Crawley Council Member  
    Kate Johnson-Keep Council Member  
    Karen Steele Center Township Trustee 765.855.5105

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    Wheeler's Antiques Shortridge Archway Centerville Library

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    Did You Know?

    Richmond was once known as "the lawnmower capital" because of the lawn mowers manufactured here from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century. Manufacturers included Motomower, Dille-McGuire and F&N.