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A Geist home in Lawrence Township.
Since completion in 1908, Fort Benjamin Harrison has dominated life in Lawrence Township, serving as a major employer and military training center in times of both war and peace. Although the fort was decommissioned in 1995, it still serves as the center of Lawrence, with much of it having been converted into a master-planned housing community and 1,400-acre state park.
For those looking for upscale housing in a village setting, the Fort Ben area could be for you. Renovated historic homes, once officers’ quarters and soldiers’ barracks, are especially desirable. High-quality homes and condos have also been built recently in this area. Much of Lawrence Township offers a variety of affordable housing, as well as waterfront homes on Geist Reservoir, whose southern tip reaches into Lawrence.
Overall, Lawrence Township schools enjoy a good reputation. The township’s high schools, Lawrence North and Lawrence Central, are known for their outstanding athletic programs and a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Both schools offer the International Baccalaureate, as well as a number of Advanced Placement classes.
If you love the outdoors and sports, Lawrence offers all sorts of opportunities to get out and play—check out Fort Harrison State Park and its many activities, the YMCA, Geist Reservoir, the public golf course at the fort, and the Lawrence Soccer Complex.
You might love living in Lawrence Township if you…
Fort Harrison State Park – Also known simply as “Fort Ben” (after Benjamin Harrison, one of the U.S. presidents to hail from the Hoosier state), this decommissioned military based turned state park is a lovely getaway in the middle of the city, no matter the time of year. Hike the trails, go horseback riding, bring your dog to the dog park, picnic, and go sledding and ice fishing in winter. We especially love fall at Fort Ben when the trees’ foliage is at its peak color. For history buffs, the park includes two historic districts and a museum dedicated to warfare. 6000 N. Post Rd., Indianapolis
Porter Books & Bread – Books, bread and coffee, all in a cozy café. Sounds like heaven, right? Located near Fort Benjamin Harrison, Porter Books & Bread bakes an assortment of bread, biscotti and cookies every day and serves salads and sandwiches made from locally sourced ingredients. A variety of books are for sale, too, and you can even exchange your old books for new ones! 5719 Lawton Loop E Dr., Indianapolis
Heidelberg Haus – You don’t come across shops like this very often anymore. Heidelberg Haus is what has been described as a “Bavarian Wonderland”; this hole-in-the-wall is split into three sections—a grocery store offering all things German, an authentic German bakery, and a restaurant serving traditional German food. Miss the cuisine of the old country, or need to get something to wear for Oktoberfest? This is your place! 7625 Pendleton Pike, Indianapolis