Franklin Township Historical Society

Franklin Township Historical Society The Franklin Township Historical Society preserves the history of Franklin Township, Indianapolis, Indiana through books, artifacts, photographs, programs, tours and more.

The Franklin Township Historical Society preserves the history of Franklin Township through books, artifacts, photographs, programs, tours and more. We want to make people aware of how this part of Marion County, Indiana, evolved from a wooded land inhabited by Native Americans through pioneer and agricultural eras to the rapidly growing area it is today.

The Franklin Township Historical Society preserves the history of Franklin Township through books, artifacts, photographs, programs, tours and more. We want to make people aware of how this part of Marion County, Indiana, evolved from a wooded land inhabited by Native Americans through pioneer and agricultural eras to the rapidly growing area it is today.

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The Franklin Township Historical Society is saddened by the recent death of former board member David Ostheimer, who was...
09/30/2021

The Franklin Township Historical Society is saddened by the recent death of former board member David Ostheimer, who was very active in the Society for many years and who also authored one of its books, "From Indian Trails to Interstates."
David is the one wearing overalls in this photo, which shows him working the Historical Society's booth at an Old Settlers Day street fair.
Dave was knowledgeable, artistic, and and a huge help to the Historical Society for many years. He will be deeply missed.

Our Meeting House 150th Anniversary / Sesquicentennial event went very well, with great attendance, good feedback, and s...
08/17/2021

Our Meeting House 150th Anniversary / Sesquicentennial event went very well, with great attendance, good feedback, and sales of publications and memberships. One visitor who was present for our entire event said later, "That was the fastest three hours I can remember! Things just kept moving!" A huge THANK YOU to all of you who came and made it such a success. 😊

This Saturday, Aug. 7th, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Franklin Township Historical Society will celebrate the 150th anniversary...
08/05/2021

This Saturday, Aug. 7th, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Franklin Township Historical Society will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its building, the historic Meeting House, with a special event that is FREE and open to the public! Listed on the National Historic Register, the building at 6510 S. Franklin Road was built in 1871 as the Big Run Baptist Church. The event will include music on the building's original pump organ, refreshments, tours of the building and cemetery, displays of historic items, special speakers giving brief talks about the past, books about township history, and more! PLEASE PARK NEXT DOOR AT THE SOUTH END OF THE CREEK'S PAVED PARKING LOT, as that church kindly offered to let us use their lot and we'd like to keep our small lot available for those with physical limitations who need to park near our building. Thank you!

This Saturday, Aug. 7th, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Franklin Township Historical Society will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its building, the historic Meeting House, with a special event that is FREE and open to the public! Listed on the National Historic Register, the building at 6510 S. Franklin Road was built in 1871 as the Big Run Baptist Church. The event will include music on the building's original pump organ, refreshments, tours of the building and cemetery, displays of historic items, special speakers giving brief talks about the past, books about township history, and more! PLEASE PARK NEXT DOOR AT THE SOUTH END OF THE CREEK'S PAVED PARKING LOT, as that church kindly offered to let us use their lot and we'd like to keep our small lot available for those with physical limitations who need to park near our building. Thank you!

On Aug. 7th from 1 to 4 p.m., the Franklin Township Historical Society will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its build...
07/29/2021

On Aug. 7th from 1 to 4 p.m., the Franklin Township Historical Society will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its building, the historic Meeting House, with a special event that is free and open to the public! Listed on the National Historic Register, the building at 6510 S. Franklin Road was built in 1871 as the Big Run Baptist Church. The event will include music on the building's original pump organ, refreshments, tours of the building and cemetery, displays of historic items, special speakers giving brief talks about the past, books about township history, and more! PLEASE PARK NEXT DOOR AT THE SOUTH END OF THE CREEK'S PAVED PARKING LOT, as that church kindly offered to let us use their lot and we'd like to keep our small lot available for those with physical limitations who need to be near our building. Thank you!

On Aug. 7th from 1 to 4 p.m., the Franklin Township Historical Society will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its building, the historic Meeting House, with a special event that is free and open to the public! Listed on the National Historic Register, the building at 6510 S. Franklin Road was built in 1871 as the Big Run Baptist Church. The event will include music on the building's original pump organ, refreshments, tours of the building and cemetery, displays of historic items, special speakers giving brief talks about the past, books about township history, and more! PLEASE PARK NEXT DOOR AT THE SOUTH END OF THE CREEK'S PAVED PARKING LOT, as that church kindly offered to let us use their lot and we'd like to keep our small lot available for those with physical limitations who need to be near our building. Thank you!

Yesterday the Franklin Township Historical Society's sold-out trolley/film outing took place! We rented a trolley to tak...
07/25/2021

Yesterday the Franklin Township Historical Society's sold-out trolley/film outing took place! We rented a trolley to take people from our 1871 Meeting House to Franklin Indiana, to see Acton's own Marjorie Main starring in "Ma & Pa Kettle Back on the Farm" at The Historic Artcraft Theatre. We presold 34 tickets, which included the trolley ride, the theatre ticket, and popcorn and drink. We also arranged an hour for people to buy lunch at a cafe across from the theatre. After the movie, projectionist Steve Blair explained the workings of the original 1922 projection room before we loaded everyone back on the trolley for the backroads ride back to Indy. People seemed to enjoy the event! 😊

Our Historical Society's trolley outing to see Acton's own Marjorie Main starring in "Ma & Pa Kettle Back on the Farm" a...
07/06/2021

Our Historical Society's trolley outing to see Acton's own Marjorie Main starring in "Ma & Pa Kettle Back on the Farm" at The Historic Artcraft Theatre is now SOLD OUT! All of the seats on the trolley are filled! But you can still go see this comedy on the Artcraft Theatre's 33-foot screen: Tickets are available online at the theatre's website and also at the door, for screenings at 2 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. on both July 23rd and 24th.

Our Historical Society's trolley outing to see Acton's own Marjorie Main starring in "Ma & Pa Kettle Back on the Farm" at The Historic Artcraft Theatre is now SOLD OUT! All of the seats on the trolley are filled! But you can still go see this comedy on the Artcraft Theatre's 33-foot screen: Tickets are available online at the theatre's website and also at the door, for screenings at 2 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. on both July 23rd and 24th.

The Franklin Township Historical Society's "Antiques & Rummage" sale is this Saturday at the Civic League! It runs for o...
07/05/2021

The Franklin Township Historical Society's "Antiques & Rummage" sale is this Saturday at the Civic League! It runs for only 6 hours, so don't miss out! No early sales. Additional Items for the sale will be accepted in advance, with tax receipts available. Sorry, we cannot accept or sell clothing. See image for further info. Certain items will be priced, others will be pay-what-you-like. Come see some great stuff! πŸ˜€

Take note: Due to it being the Independence Day holiday weekend, our usual first-Saturday Open Hours at the Historical S...
06/30/2021

Take note: Due to it being the Independence Day holiday weekend, our usual first-Saturday Open Hours at the Historical Society's 1871 Meeting House will not take place. Join us instead on July 18th between 1 and 4 p.m. And Happy Fourth of July to all! πŸ˜€

Take note: Due to it being the Independence Day holiday weekend, our usual first-Saturday Open Hours at the Historical Society's 1871 Meeting House will not take place. Join us instead on July 18th between 1 and 4 p.m. And Happy Fourth of July to all! πŸ˜€

Note these dates! The Franklin Township Historical Society's popular fundraiser antiques and rummage sale returns! πŸ˜€ It ...
06/23/2021

Note these dates! The Franklin Township Historical Society's popular fundraiser antiques and rummage sale returns! πŸ˜€ It will again be held at the Civic League building, 8822 Southeastern Ave. Donation drop-off will be July 9th from noon to 6 p.m. (tax receipts will be available). The sale itself will be July 10th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. No early sales. We accept household goods, antiques, toys, tools, books, entertainment media, collectibles, furniture, etc., but NO CLOTHING, except for specialty antique or vintage items.

Note these dates! The Franklin Township Historical Society's popular fundraiser antiques and rummage sale returns! πŸ˜€ It will again be held at the Civic League building, 8822 Southeastern Ave. Donation drop-off will be July 9th from noon to 6 p.m. (tax receipts will be available). The sale itself will be July 10th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. No early sales. We accept household goods, antiques, toys, tools, books, entertainment media, collectibles, furniture, etc., but NO CLOTHING, except for specialty antique or vintage items.

This Sunday, June 20th, the Franklin Township Historical Society's 1871 building at 6510 S. Franklin Road will be open f...
06/18/2021

This Sunday, June 20th, the Franklin Township Historical Society's 1871 building at 6510 S. Franklin Road will be open for free visits from 1 to 4 p.m. Stop in and see the antique and vintage items we have on display, ask questions, browse our selection of publications on Franklin Township history, and pick up a brochure and summer newsletter! 😊

This Sunday, June 20th, the Franklin Township Historical Society's 1871 building at 6510 S. Franklin Road will be open for free visits from 1 to 4 p.m. Stop in and see the antique and vintage items we have on display, ask questions, browse our selection of publications on Franklin Township history, and pick up a brochure and summer newsletter! 😊

Don & Connie Waterman took nine people on our tour of the historic H. A. Waterman building today. Over the past 130+ yea...
06/14/2021

Don & Connie Waterman took nine people on our tour of the historic H. A. Waterman building today. Over the past 130+ years the company housed a blacksmith shop, a carriage factory, Model T shop, gas station, hardware store, mower shop and more, all of which were under the ownership of the Waterman family. AND...

Historical Society members, take note: Almost a third of the tickets for the July 23rd trolley ride/Marjorie Main film outing are already sold, despite the fact that it's still more than a month away! This is a special offer for our members, so head over to our website at FTHS.org and click on "Events" to reserve your spot! (Not a member, but want to join the fun? Membership is only $20/year and goes to support this important nonprofit organization!)

Don & Connie Waterman took nine people on our tour of the historic H. A. Waterman building today. Over the past 130+ years the company housed a blacksmith shop, a carriage factory, Model T shop, gas station, hardware store, mower shop and more, all of which were under the ownership of the Waterman family. AND...

Historical Society members, take note: Almost a third of the tickets for the July 23rd trolley ride/Marjorie Main film outing are already sold, despite the fact that it's still more than a month away! This is a special offer for our members, so head over to our website at FTHS.org and click on "Events" to reserve your spot! (Not a member, but want to join the fun? Membership is only $20/year and goes to support this important nonprofit organization!)

The Franklin Township Historical Society's 1871 building at 6510 S. Franklin Road will be open for free visits this Satu...
06/04/2021

The Franklin Township Historical Society's 1871 building at 6510 S. Franklin Road will be open for free visits this Saturday, June 5th, from 1 to 4 p.m. Come see the interesting antique and vintage items we have inside! This all-volunteer, non-profit organization preserves and records the history of our township, with stories going back 200 years! Interested in history, or in our area? Pick up a brochure while you're there and join us! We're looking for new friends and members! πŸ™‚

The Franklin Township Historical Society's 1871 building at 6510 S. Franklin Road will be open for free visits this Saturday, June 5th, from 1 to 4 p.m. Come see the interesting antique and vintage items we have inside! This all-volunteer, non-profit organization preserves and records the history of our township, with stories going back 200 years! Interested in history, or in our area? Pick up a brochure while you're there and join us! We're looking for new friends and members! πŸ™‚

The  Franklin Township Historical Society meeting house, at 6510 South Franklin Rd, is open for free visits today, Sunda...
05/16/2021

The Franklin Township Historical Society meeting house, at 6510 South Franklin Rd, is open for free visits today, Sunday May 16th, until 4:00 p.m.! πŸ™‚

The Franklin Township Historical Society meeting house, at 6510 South Franklin Rd, is open for free visits today, Sunday May 16th, until 4:00 p.m.! πŸ™‚

Several of us from the Franklin Township Historical Society toured the late-1800s H.A. Waterman building today. An antiq...
05/13/2021

Several of us from the Franklin Township Historical Society toured the late-1800s H.A. Waterman building today. An antique display board from the building's blacksmith era showed the variety of horseshoe options available (including one specifically for use on ice!), and 1913 notes on an upstairs wall noted the severe weather Indianapolis was having at the time. Our Society will offer another tour of this building on June 14th, in case any of you are interested. Our sincere thanks to Don & Connie Waterman for sharing these pieces of history!

The Franklin Township Historical Society's 1871 building at 6510 S. Franklin Road will be open for free visits this Satu...
04/30/2021

The Franklin Township Historical Society's 1871 building at 6510 S. Franklin Road will be open for free visits this Saturday, May 1st, from 1 to 4 p.m. Come see the interesting antique and vintage items we have inside! This all-volunteer non-profit organization preserves and records the history of our township, with stories going back 200 years! Interested in history, or in our area? Pick up a brochure while you're there and join us! :)

The Franklin Township Historical Society's 1871 building at 6510 S. Franklin Road will be open for free visits this Saturday, May 1st, from 1 to 4 p.m. Come see the interesting antique and vintage items we have inside! This all-volunteer non-profit organization preserves and records the history of our township, with stories going back 200 years! Interested in history, or in our area? Pick up a brochure while you're there and join us! :)

The Franklin Township Historical Society Meeting House (built 1871), 6510 S. Franklin Road, will be open for free visits...
04/13/2021

The Franklin Township Historical Society Meeting House (built 1871), 6510 S. Franklin Road, will be open for free visits this Sunday, April 18th, from 1 to 4 p.m. Come see all of the interesting items we have inside, and learn more about all that this Society does to preserve the history of our township! :)

The Franklin Township Historical Society Meeting House (built 1871), 6510 S. Franklin Road, will be open for free visits this Sunday, April 18th, from 1 to 4 p.m. Come see all of the interesting items we have inside, and learn more about all that this Society does to preserve the history of our township! :)

This is an early-1900s photo of the Piner Church (also known as the Little Buck Creek Baptist Church) that was built in ...
04/12/2021

This is an early-1900s photo of the Piner Church (also known as the Little Buck Creek Baptist Church) that was built in the 1800s at the northwest corner of the intersection of Southport Road and Combs Road. Today only the Piner Cemetery is left on that property. ✝️

This is an early-1900s photo of the Piner Church (also known as the Little Buck Creek Baptist Church) that was built in the 1800s at the northwest corner of the intersection of Southport Road and Combs Road. Today only the Piner Cemetery is left on that property. ✝️

Be sure to visit our 1871 Historical Society Meeting House this weekend during Open Hours! Our building at 6510 S. Frank...
04/02/2021

Be sure to visit our 1871 Historical Society Meeting House this weekend during Open Hours! Our building at 6510 S. Franklin Road will be open to visitors Saturday Apr. 3rd from 1 to 4 p.m. Be sure to check out the newly-redone photo panels. These photos of early Wanamaker (New Bethel) are among those on display.

03/20/2021

The Franklin Township Historical Society regrets to announce the March 18th death of long-time board member and former Historical Society president John Kanouse. He faithfully served this Society for many years.

It's a new year! If you're a member of the Franklin Township Historical Society and haven't recently renewed your member...
02/09/2021

It's a new year! If you're a member of the Franklin Township Historical Society and haven't recently renewed your membership (just $20 a year!), it's time to do so now. Not a member? Please do join and support the township's only historical society! Membership dues can be mailed to FTHS, P.O. Box 39015, Indianapolis, IN 46239. Thank you!

It's a new year! If you're a member of the Franklin Township Historical Society and haven't recently renewed your membership (just $20 a year!), it's time to do so now. Not a member? Please do join and support the township's only historical society! Membership dues can be mailed to FTHS, P.O. Box 39015, Indianapolis, IN 46239. Thank you!

As is usual in the midwinter months, our Historical Society's 1871 Meeting House isn't currently having Open Hours. But ...
01/18/2021

As is usual in the midwinter months, our Historical Society's 1871 Meeting House isn't currently having Open Hours. But that doesn't mean that we at the Society aren't still working! πŸ™‚
One project in the last few weeks is that the swinging panels with photos and info about Acton are being redone. The photographs that were installed in the panels about 20 years ago were fading from exposure to light, so the original photos are being replaced with scans of them so that the photos themselves can be safely stored elsewhere in the building. Here's one of the redone panels, with photo scans.

As is usual in the midwinter months, our Historical Society's 1871 Meeting House isn't currently having Open Hours. But that doesn't mean that we at the Society aren't still working! πŸ™‚
One project in the last few weeks is that the swinging panels with photos and info about Acton are being redone. The photographs that were installed in the panels about 20 years ago were fading from exposure to light, so the original photos are being replaced with scans of them so that the photos themselves can be safely stored elsewhere in the building. Here's one of the redone panels, with photo scans.

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6510 S Franklin Rd
Indianapolis, IN
46259

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I'm looking for a cemetery that use to be called Buck Creek Cemetery. It has been moved to what I have been told. I see that there was a Buck Creek Christian Cemetery. I do not think this is the same one since the family was buried in 1888. Any help is welcome. thank you
Acton In High School, heating and heating and ventilating photos from 1926 From Wiki, The Acton school has been located on its same lot since 1875. The original school was a one story building. It was used until 1912 when a new two story school was completed. The two story building was used as a school until a new one story school was constructed in 1965, with extra classrooms and a library added in 1972.
Here is an old postcard I found of the "business district" in Acton. It is of Exchange street. If you look close there is a an old man with a hat sitting in front of the store. And a horse and buggy on the street. This is from around 1909.