Knightstown is a town in Wayne Township, Henry County, Indiana, along the Big Blue River. Founded in 1827, Knightstown was named for Jonathan Knight, an engineer on the National Road, and a post office has operated there since 1833. Knightstown’s biggest claim to fame is as the setting for the 1986 film Hoosiers. The Hoosier Gym was used in the making of the film.
A wonderful area to take the pooch for a ramble is the Knightstown Historic District. The district developed between about the 1830s and 1936, and its many excellent examples of Italianate, Greek Revival, and Gothic Revival architecture include the Knightstown Academy, which was built in 1876 as a Quaker Academy. After the building ceased to be used as an academy, it was used for many years as the local public high school, and it was the gymnasium here that was used as the home court of the Hickory Huskers in the movie Hoosiers.
Knightstown hosts two annual festivals: Jubilee Days held in early-mid June and The Hoosier Fall Festival held in September.
If you’re planning on extending your stay in the area, the Quality Inn & Suites in nearby Greenfield accepts two pets up to 100 lbs. for an additional fee of $10 per night.
Set amongst the leafy streets of Knightstown is the pretty little community park of Sunset Park. Take a ramble around the shaded streets (great for those hot summer days), and then head over to Sunset Park. Here, you and the pooch can kick back and watch the local kids having a ball on the adventure playground. The playground even has sprinklers that turn it into a water park in the summertime. From Sunset Park, it’s only a short amble over to the Knightstown Historic District, or to the Main Street, where you can grab a coffee at the Hoosiers Home Court Café.
The Pennsy Trail in Greenfield, IN was once part of the Pennsylvania Railroad (“Pennsy” for short). The Indiana portion of the corridor extended from Richmond, Indiana, through Indianapolis to the eastern border of Illinois, and it was along these tracks that the body of President Abraham Lincoln was carried back to Illinois on April 30, 1865. The longest section of the Pennsy Trail goes through the city of Greenfield. The trail is nearly 6 miles long and passes through farmland and the Greenfield golf course, as well as the famous Brandywine Creek, mentioned in James Whitcomb Riley's poem, "Old Swimmin' Hole".
Located in New Castle, IN, Baker Park is a lovely community park with lots of different activities available. The park is extremely clean and well-maintained, and has several different playgrounds for the kids, including some fun retro playground equipment that the kids will love. Also located within Baker Park is the Barc Park – a fenced, off-leash gathering place for local dogs. The park has separate sections for small and big dogs, benches, water, and poop bags for clean-up. There is an annual fee to play here, payable to the local Humane Society -- dogs must have their city license and be spayed or neutered.
The National Road Heritage Trail is part of a proposed border-to-border trail stretching between Terra Haute and Richmond, Indiana, which will eventually span more than 150 miles. The section in Lewisville, IN runs for 3 miles through a beautiful rural landscape, and it's a great trail for taking the pooch on a nice leisurely walk. The first 2.3 miles have a crushed limestone base, the last .7 miles are unimproved but suitable for foot travel. Built between 1811 and 1837, the National Road was the first major improved highway in the United States built by the federal government.
If you’re looking for a treat to satisfy your sweet tooth, or just a cup o’ Joe, then you don’t want to miss Jack's Donuts in Greenfield, IN. Open since 1961 and having passed through three generations of the Marcum family (the current CEO is the grandson of founder Jack Marcum, Sr.), Jack's Donuts is an institution. 2011 marked 50 years of serving up treats like tiger tails, caramel nut rolls, and applesauce donuts to locals and visitors alike. Apparently, Jack's Donuts is so irresistible that whenever people move to another area, they still keep coming back to Jack’s! Dogs are always welcome at the two outdoor tables.