History and Overview
Henry County was named in honor of Patriot Patrick Henry, governor of Virginia, "Give me Liberty or Give me Death". Henry County was created on December 31, 1821, from the Delaware New Purchase. The county was officially organized on June 1, 1822, and encompasses 391.90 square miles.
As of 2019, the population of Henry County is 47,972. The county seat is New Castle with a population of 17,113. Middletown and Knightstown follow in size and population. Other small towns in the county are:
- Grant City
- Maple Valley
- Mount Summit
- New Lisbon
- Stoney Creek
- Sulphur Springs
Not all of these small towns are incorporated but represent that hometown feeling, where no one is a stranger and everyone is friendly, offering smile after smile!
As the nation knows, Indiana is the Crossroads of America. It's no surprise that many major highways entwine the areas of Henry County. The Old National Road, also known as U.S. 40, is the oldest of these cutting across the entire southern part of the county. Interstate 70 was built in the late 1960s taking a large number of travelers from U.S. 40 and is a major thoroughfare today. Those seeking a more northern route can use U.S. Highway 36 or State Road 38 depending on your destination.
State Road 3 is a major 4-lane highway that runs north and south, linking visitors to Muncie and I-74. Henry County is within a short drive from major urban areas such as Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky.
Henry County abounds with history and nostalgic attractions offering the traveler an All-American getaway to make memories to be treasured for a lifetime! Rich in history, we have a museum dedicated to Indiana high school basketball, the home court of the movie Hoosiers, and the birthplace of aviation's pioneer, Wilbur Wright.
Look over our attractions, lodging facilities, restaurants, and outdoor recreation to find something you like. We will be happy to assist you in planning a visit to Henry County for yourself or a group. If you have comments, concerns, or questions, please send an email and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible. We look forward to assisting you in your travels to Henry County. We exude "Hoosier Hospitality" and we invite you to soar with us!