Take the time to slow down and walk around the beautiful downtown districts that highlight Putnam Counties towns.
In history, downtown has been the epicenter of shopping and food in any given city or town. In Putnam County, it’s no different. We have several downtown districts across the county, all loaded with a rich history, architecture, artwork, and great food. If you want an escape from the fast-paced, make a trip to one (or all) of these towns to see what their main streets have to offer. We guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised. We’ll let the pictures do most of the talking, but it’s up to you to do the exploring!
The town of Cloverdale has been around since 1839 and got its name from the abundance of clover and dales around the original townsite. Nowadays, we assure you there is much more to see than that. Like most Indiana towns, Cloverdale’s main street is lined with neat architecture highlighting the old days, and small businesses run by today’s vibrant residents. Make a trip to see both!
Roachdale was incorporated in 1882 after it was added as a stop on the railroad, and not surprisingly, its namesake is a railroad official named Judge Roach. Though small, downtown Roachdale has no shortage of history to show. Its architecture is on full display, and after all this time the city never abandoned its small-town feel. Grab something to eat and then take a walk to see the artwork and architecture up close!
Bainbridge was initially founded in 1831 and was named after a war hero of the time, William Bainbridge. Like Roachdale, Bainbridge has a small main street where you can see the historic architecture, artwork, and food all at once, but the feeling of small-town hospitality is huge. And it goes a long way! Plus, it’s no secret that locally-owned dives have the best food, so be sure to treat yourself while here!
Greencastle was founded in 1821 and is the largest city in our county, so it’s no surprise that Greencastle has the most to offer on its vibrant downtown square. It has numerous eateries, historic architecture, and vintage storefronts that all pay homage to its past, and the courthouse is the center of it all. Greencastle’s downtown district prides itself on its culture, and when you’re here you’ll understand. Visit one of the boutiques, get a coffee or ice cream, and take a stroll before dinner. Happy exploring!