Message from the Executive Director
Welcome to Plainfield
Hoosier hospitality is a mainstay of our community. We are a “Community of Values” with many of today’s amenities while still keeping our small town feel. As you read on you will find we are truly anything but “plain.”
In 1822 a tract of land which included the area now known as Plainfield was obtained by Jeremiah Hadley of Preble County, Ohio. Ten years later he sold it to his son, Elias Hadley. Levi Jessup and Elias Hadley laid out the town in 1839. Plainfield became incorporated as a town that same year. The town got its name from the early Friends (Quakers) who settled around the area and established several meetinghouses throughout the county, including the important Western Yearly Meeting of Friends in Plainfield. The Friends were "plain" people, and thus the name Plainfield. The high school continues to honor the Quakers, using the name for the school's mascot.
Plainfield is nationally known for its logistics and distribution industrial parks. Several nationally known companies are located in the more than 23 million square feet of manufacturing and distribution space. We still have plenty of room for growth for the future.
Metropolis Mall and the surrounding retail centers have become a regional shopping destination. If dining out is your pleasure, we offer some of central Indiana’s finest restaurants which include locally owned and operated Coachman Restaurant & Lounge and Stone Creek Dining Company along with many national chains.
Since the first public school was established in 1867, Plainfield has always been in the forefront of education. The Plainfield Schools have been awarded a “Four Star” rating 20 times in the last 21 years. We also, to support our Quaker heritage, have more than two dozen houses of worship to fulfill your spiritual needs.
Our parks system is the envy of all central Indiana. The many miles of paved trails along with the Recreation & Aquatic Center with Splash Island, an outdoor and indoor water park complete with a physical fitness center and gymnasium, are supported by over 460 acres of parkland located throughout the town. In 2012 the Parks Department will be opening the new Lazy River at the Aquatic Center. It will include 900 feet of floating fun with zero depth entry, tumbler buckets, waterfalls and even a basketball area in the middle. The Parks Department also has slated additions to the already 20+ miles of paved trails. These trails work to connect all neighborhoods to the park system.
The town is also supported by many charitable and fraternal organizations that add another dimension to the quality of life you will find in Plainfield. We are truly a “Community of Values.” In addition to all of this, Plainfield has the most stable tax rate in Hendricks County making our community an affordable place to live with a diverse housing inventory.
Whether you are just visiting or looking for a place to relocate your home and/or business, feel free to contact me at the Chamber office. I would love to tell you more about our great community. Please call 317-839-3800 or email me at email@example.com.