Introduction to Franklin, Indiana
Franklin, Indiana, in Johnson county, is 20 miles S of Indianapolis, Indiana. The city, which is conveniently located inside the Indianapolis metropolitan area, has an estimated 19,463 residents.
Franklin, which was founded in 1822, was named after Benjamin Franklin. The name was suggested by Samuel Herriott, a great admirer of Benjamin Franklin. George King was one of the pioneer fathers of the city. Franklin College was established in the city in 1834.
Franklin and Nearby Attractions
- Indiana State Museum
- James Whitcomb Riley House
- New Albany-Floyd County Park
- Eiteljorg Museum
- White River State Park
- Indianapolis Zoo
Things To Do In Franklin
There are numerous museums and other places of interest in and around Franklin. The National Art Museum of Sport is a unique museum which houses more than 800 works of art featuring over 40 sports. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Legends of Indiana Golf Course. James Whitcomb Riley House was the home of the 'Hoosier Poet' who spent the later years of his life here. The spot is now a tourist attraction. There are several parks and recreational areas near Franklin including Paynetown State Recreation Area, Middle For State Wildlife Refuge, and Fort Harrison State Park.
Air transportation is available from Indianapolis International Airport.
Franklin Higher Education
Franklin College of Indiana is located in Franklin. Colleges nearby include the University of Indianapolis, Butler University, and Ivy Tech Community College.