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Richmond, Indiana - Overview and Essential Travel Information


Richmond is the county seat of Wayne County, Indiana. It was founded by Quakers from North Carolina who settled along the Whitewater River Gorge. Pioneers flowed through the community via the National Road (U.S. 40).

Nearby Fountain City is home to the Levi Coffin House (http://www.waynet.org/nonprofit/coffin.htm), often referred to as the 'Grand Central Station' of the Underground Railroad. Richmond is also known as being the 'cradle of recorded jazz' since many famous artists recorded here at the Gennett Studios in the 1920's (http://www.starrgennett.org/).

Entrepreneurs in manufacturing grew stable businesses and contributed to a wide-ranging base of arts and history organizations (http://www.waynet.org/arts/). The community is home to the Wayne County Historical Museum, one of the best small museums in the state. It features pioneer artifacts, an Egyptian mummy, locally manufactured automobiles, and much, much more. The Richmond Art Museum features an outstanding collection of American Impressionists, Taos School, the Hoosier Group, the Richmond School and other regional artists.

Those looking for active pursuits will enjoy exploring the Whitewater Gorge Trail and the Cardinal Greenway Trail, in addition to Hayes Arboretum and Cope Environmental Center. The Richmond Parks and Recreation Department consists of approximately 1,100 acres spread throughout 18 Park locations (http://www.waynet.org/recreation/).

If you are looking for a unique dining experience, enjoy fine dining at The Olde Richmond Inn, located in a historical home, Little Sheba's in the old Bowery district for sandwiches and its old-fashioned architecture, and it's only a short drive to nearby Hagerstown where the famous Welliver's Smorgasbord will have you loosening your belt! (http://www.waynet.org/restaurant/)

Richmond is home to Earlham College, Indiana University East, and Ivy Tech State College.

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