Introduction to Greenwood, Indiana
Greenwood, Indiana, in Johnson county, is 11 miles S of Indianapolis, Indiana. The city is considered part of the Indianapolis metropolitan area. Greenwood has a population of 36,037.
Native Americans were the early inhabitants of the area. In 1813, the village of the Delaware Indians was all but wiped out by the Kentucky and Indiana Militias. The community was initially known as 'smocktown' or "smock's Settlement." In 1825, it adopted the name "Greenfield." However, there was already another Greenfield in Hancock county, and the name was changed to Greenwood. According to some accounts, this name was chosen in honor of Samuel Greenwood, who platted the community in 1872. Greenwood was officially incorporated in 1864.
Greenwood and nearby Attractions
- President Benjamin Harrison Home
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum
- Indianapolis Zoo
- Concord Church
- Jolly Brook
- Craig Park
Things To Do In Greenwood
In the Greenwood area, there are many historic sites, including the James Whitcomb Riley House and the 1875 Italianate Victorian home of the 23rd president, Benjamin Harrison. For those interested in the local history and culture, a visit to the Indiana Medical History Museum and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame may prove interesting. One can also plan a day trip to the Indianapolis Zoo. The Greenwood Mall offers excellent shopping facilities to the people of Greenwood and its visitors.
Indianapolis International Airport is close by.
Greenwood Higher Education
Heritage Baptist University is the local institute of higher education. Other institutes nearby include the University of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech State College-Central Indiana and Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis.