Did you know that Southeastern Avenue was once only a trail cut through the woods on land bought from Indians? Or that the Acton Camp Ground was a widely known attraction where cottagers lived during the summer, and as many as 40,000 people gathered there on a Sunday afternoon? Did you know that Wanamaker State Bank president George Bowen saved the bank from disaster during the Depression by persuading depositors that their money was safe, on loan to their neighbors? That actress Marjorie Main was born in Acton? That the building now housing Mike’s Midway Market was originally a one-room schoolhouse, or that there are 16 pioneer cemeteries in Franklin Township?
These are just a few of the fascinating facts and stories about this history-packed corner of Indianapolis, Indiana that we’d like to share with you!
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.
We are a not-for-profit organization devoted to the preservation and promotion of Franklin Township history and the care of our meeting house, the former Big Run Baptist Church. We provide educational programs for school children and tours of historically-significant locations for all ages, as well as sponsor community events that help celebrate our area’s history.
The FTHS is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and is funded entirely through membership fees, donations and the sale of our publications. Donations to the society are tax-deductible.