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Noblesville has a rich history dating back to 1818 when the land that is now Hamilton County was purchased by the government from the Indians. William Conner, the only white man living in the area at the time and his wife, a Delaware Indian, established the first trading post in central Indiana in 1802 and lived in the first log cabin in the area. The Conner Farm is the site where on May 28, 1820, a group of commissioners met and selected Indianapolis as the site of the state capitol. Conner's home is now one of a village of historic buildings making up Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement, a living history museum just south of downtown Noblesville.


William Conner and Josiah Polk laid out the town of Noblesville in 1823. It was designated as the Hamilton County seat in 1824 and incorporated in 1851.
The downtown business and historic district has recently been added to the National Register of Historic Places, as have Potter’s Bridge and a number of private homes. Fifty-three buildings in the downtown district have been named to the National Register of Historic Places. The most prominent buildings located in the historic district are the County Courthouse and the Sheriff’s Residence and Jail. The courthouse, a French Renaissance structure, served as the county courthouse from 1878 to 1992 and now serves as home to certain administrative offices of the local government. The Sheriff’s Residence and Jail, originally built in 1875 of red brick and limestone, now houses the Hamilton County Museum of History and maintains archival collections and public meeting rooms. During its years as a jail, famous prisoners included Charles Manson and D.C. Stephenson, Grand Dragon of the Ku-Klux Klan.


Residents and visitors alike find Noblesville, Indiana to be a whole life community: a place where people can grow up, pursue careers, purchase homes, raise a family and retire, all within the same community. Noblesville remains a community that preserves and protects its rich historical roots. This is evident in the upkeep of the downtown buildings and the preservation of brick streets in the neighborhoods around downtown. In the heart of Noblesville's downtown there are Victorian homes, tree-lined streets, a restored 1879 French Renaissance courthouse and the Hamilton County Judicial Center. Noblesville's downtown is also home to plenty of interesting and unique shops and restaurants, as well as the public safety building, reconstructed from a historic post office facility.


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