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Community events.


Statistics & Facts

The Indiana state capital is Indianapolis.
The population of Metamora is approximately 1,553 (2000), 188 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 608 (2000), 78 (2010).
Metamora is positioned 39.43 degrees north of the equator and 85.14 degrees west of the prime meridian.


in the Cincinnati, Ohio vicinity.
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History & History Related Items

The village of Metamora, Indiana sits on land acquired from the Indians on September 30, 1809. This treaty, the third with the Native Americans, is known as the Twelve-Mile Purchase. On October 22, 1811, a government land grant for 160 acres was issued to Larkin Sims. The first Post Office was established in April, 1826, at which time the town was registered as "Duck Creek Crossing". On June 11, 1838, the town officially became known as "Metamora".
In the center of Metamora sits the Whitewater Canal. The Whitewater Canal Company was incorporated in 1826 and work on the canal began in 1836. In 1847 the canal was completed. The canal ran from Laweranceburg to Hagerstown. It stretched for 76 miles, operated by 56 locks and 7 feeder! dams.
The Whitewater Valley Railroad Company purchased the canal in 1866. The railroad laid their tracks atop the old towpath and allowed the canal to deteriorate. Passenger trains were discontinued and U.S. highway 52 bypassed the town in the mid 1930's. The bustle and prosperity of the village ceased.
In 1947, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) created a state historic site at the old canal. In the early 1960's, the DNR began taking passengers on short canal trips. The mill museum was dedicated in 1973 and the Whitewater Valley Railroad began excursion passenger service in 1974.
In 1968, Metamora began attracting some "modern" pioneers. Artist opened galleries. Entrepreneurs sold antiques. Crafters demonstrated their skills. Currently there are over 100 shops, inns, and restaurants located along the historic canal.
This page tells about Old Metamora. Old Metamora, next to the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site is a miniature version of a 19th century canal town, including a working aqueducts. The flags posted on buildings in Old Metamora indicate when an establishment is open for business. Special events during the year include: the Christmas Walk (three weekends following Thanksgiving), May Day (the first weekend in May), The Strawberry Festival (first weekend in June), and Canal Days (the first weekend in October) which celebrates the origin of Metamora.
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The settling of Metamora

October 22, 1811, a government land grant for 160 acres was issued to Larkin Sims


Learn more about Metamora

E-mail Motorcoach/Group Tours at:
For more information about Metamora, call this Welcome Line: 765-647-2109

Attractions in Metamora

Whitewater Canal State Historic Site,br> just south of town
Phone: (317) 647-6512
a restored 14 miles section of the old canal originally built 1836-47. See a replica of the flat-bottom boat pulled by a team of horses. Take a canal ride and see the restored and operatin 1845 gristmill. A museum and tours are available.
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Metamora Community News

2004, January 17
Homeowner seeking couple to rent beautiful home
Location: 319 Danbury Court
Help!!! Seeking a family to rent my beautiful 4 bedroom home with the option to purchase. Please call me immediately at (202)423-4902,because if you have been praying for a beautiful home this is your answer!!!!!
Emanuel Payton

Metamora Community Events

April each year
Morel Madness - Prizes awarded for largest and most morels each weekend. $ 15 entry fee includes t-shirt and meal. Everyone is invited to participate in the greased pig contest and chicken hypnotizing. Call 765-647-2109 for more info

May each year
May Days & Sidewalk Sale
Place: village of Metamora
Time: 10 AM - 5/6:00 PM (EST)
Sponsored by: Merchants Association of Metamora Annual Maypole dance by local school children. Community wide Sidewalk Sale

May each year
Memorial Day Special Ceremonies
Place: Car bridge in Historic Metamora
Time: 2:00 PM (EST)
Sponsored by: Dennis Annis
These ceremonies have been held annually since the Civil War honoring those who served in the United States military services.

Annual Event in June each year
Strawberry Daze and Spring Festival
Date: June each year
Place: throughout Historic Metamora
Time: 10 AM - 5/6:00 PM, EST
Sponsored by: Merchants Association of Metamora
Homemade strawberry shortcake, ice cream and drinks. Outside vendors, artists and craftsman along the canal selling their wares.

June each year
5th Annual Artifacts Show
Date: June each year
Place: Historic Metamora
Time: 10 AM - 5/6:00 PM EST
Sponsored by: Whitewater Valley Archeology Society
Featuring prehistoric artifacts of the Whitewater Valley.

June each year

Indiana Street Rod Association Car Show
Date: end of June each year
Place: Maclyn Campgrounds
Time: 10 AM - 5/6:00 EST
Sponsored by: Indiana Street Rod Association
Antique and custom cars

July 4th each year
Old Fashioned Parade & Aerial Fireworks Place: Throughout the village
Time: 6:00 PM
Sponsored by: Community
Old Fashioned Parade and Aerial Fireworks at dusk

July 4th each year
Fireman's Festival & Chicken Dinner
Date: July 4 each year
Place: Metamora Firehouse
Time: 11 AM - Midnight
Sponsored by: Metamora Volunteer Fire Department
Chicken dinners, fantastic fun and games for all

October each year
36th Annual in 2004
Canal Days

Date: October each year
Place: Historic Metamora
Time: dawn to dusk
Sponsored by: al rogers
Hundreds of outside vendors, artist, craftsmen and thousand of visitors make this one of Indiana's most popular festivals

November each year
5th Annual Tree Lighting and Open House
Date: November each year
Place: At the park in Historic Metamora
Time: dusk
Sponsored by: Merchant's Association of Metamora
Kick off the Christmas season by lighting the community Christmas Tree. Refreshments served. Join the local Choirs singing songs of the season. Many shops open for convenience of visitors. Metamora


The population of Metamora was:
1990 - 866
2000 - 1,553

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