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Bartholomew County, Indiana
Hartsville was named for Gideon B. Hart, a local pioneer settler.
information and pictures about the camp.
Visit www.IndianaMilitary.org for a website dedicated to Camp Atterbury, Atterbury Army Air Field, Freeman Army Air Field and Bakalar Air Force Base
Hartsville, IN is the typical little country town, with the typical town square.....except this town square has a shelterhouse with a bandstand and new and modern playground equipment!
We have a couple 'claims to fame'. One is the plaque located in the town square, honoring Pvt. Barton W. Mitchell, a Civil War hero, who found the famous 'Lost Orders', the battle plan drawn up by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
In the 1800's, the Hartsville College was located here. The flying Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, attended college here. This too has a marker.
During WW ll, The citizens rallied to the cause. Many of the young men went into service and many others went to work in the factories turning out parts used in the war effort. Their momentos are in the Veteran's Museum at nearby Camp Atterbury, IN.
There are four active churches in Hartsville, and a Volunteer Fire Dept. that holds a Fireman's Festival each year in the town square, with live music on the bandstand.
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In the year 2000, the Hartsville United Methodist Church celebrated 150 years of Ministry at the present location on the NE corner of the town square. There was a huge celebration with a balloon launching and much good food consumed. Past ministers and members and friends of the church came to join in the celebration.
The original building burned on Dec. 16, 1951 when a group of children had been practicing the Christmas program. The church was heated with a coal-fired furnace at that time. The children escaped without injury. After many suppers and house to house soliciting of pledges and donations, the new church was opened in 1955.
After the church burned until the new building w the old Hartsville College Church, which is now the Hartsville Baptist Church.
Our Methodist Motto : Our hearts, our minds and our doors are always open.
Sunday School Services at 9:30 A.M. and Worship Service at 10:30 A.M.
Miscellany The population of Hartsville was:
1990 - 391
2000 - 376
The 1990 and 2000 figures are from the US Census data. All other figures are from other sources.