Little Town on the Big Prairie Exhibit on Display
New Carlisle, the little town on the hill has evolved and changed with the times. From a rural farming community to a charming small town with locally owned restaurants and shops, the town has grown and evolved throughout history as advancements in technology, business, farming, manufacturing, and education have been made.
Early settlers came from New York, New Jersey, Ohio, southern Indiana and Kentucky. They were attracted to the rich soil of the Terre Coupee Prairie, a vast prairie east of the town.
Many decided this was the perfect place to raise their crops and families. The arrival of the railroad in 1852, ushered in many changes for the little town. Simple cabins were replaced with fine wood and brick residences. New businesses flourished, schools were built, and organizations created to contribute to the wonderful quality of life that the New Carlisle area provides.
This exhibit takes a look at the changes that have occurred in the community in transportation, our farmland, housing, schools and businesses. The exhibit will be on display from September 21 - September 27 anytime the library is open. This display has been made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.