DescriptionA northern suburb of Indianapolis, Zionsville materialized in 1852 as a community along the Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Lafayette Railroad. With the establishment of the Zion Park Assembly on the banks of Lake Como in the late 19th century, Zionsville developed into a cultural center frequented by such intellectuals as Democratic and Populist leader William Jennings Bryan, best known for his assistance in prosecuting the Scopes trial, and Albert J. Beveridge, a U.S. senator and historian.
En route to Washington, D.C., for his presidential inauguration in 1861, Abraham Lincoln addressed Zionsville's citizens from the platform of his train; the site of the former railroad station where this event took place is marked by a stone monument in Lincoln Park.
Zionsville has preserved a Victorian village atmosphere, most evident in the many examples of period architecture. Six blocks of brick Main Street are lined with trees, flowering planters, candlelit windows, historical markers and specialty shops.
Visitor InfoZionsville Chamber of Commerce 95 S. Elm St. ZIONSVILLE, IN 46077. Phone:(317)873-3836
Self-guiding toursA brochure identifying period structures is available at the chamber of commerce.
Things to SeeSullivanMunce Cultural Center