Life in Richmond

Richmond is located on the border of Indiana and Ohio, along Interstate 70. It is accessible from major airports in Indianapolis, IN, Dayton, OH, and Cincinnati, OH.

Founded by North Carolina Quakers who settled along the Whitewater River in 1806, Richmond developed into a center for trading and transportation and is the seat for Wayne County.

Rich in history, Richmond is undergoing a cultural resurgence, with the appearance of new venues for arts, dining, and shopping. The city has a reputation for being affordable and secure, and offers refreshing depth and vitality without the expense and inconvenience of life in a large city.


Housing in Richmond is plentiful and affordable. Options include rental houses and apartments, as well as guest rooms in homes within a walk or short drive of ESR.

Those who want to explore owning a home in Richmond will find a wide range of affordable properties within the city and in the surrounding area.

Schools and Higher Education Centers

In addition to Richmond Community and Wayne County public schools, there are alternative school options, including the accredited Richmond Friends School, founded and operated by Quakers.

Earlham, ESR, and Bethany are closely linked to Indiana University East, Purdue University Programs, and Ivy Tech in Richmond.

Health Care and Wellness

Richmond and the surrounding area are served by numerous primary care physicians and specialists, mental health professionals, dentists, and orthodontists. In addition, the Wayne County Clinic provides a range of services, on an income-based sliding fee schedule.

Reid Hospital, a fully staffed area facility offering a wide variety of medical services, is also located on nearby Chester Boulevard.

Students can avail themselves of the services of area chiropractors, naturopaths, holistic medicine providers, acupuncturists and massage therapists.

The Arts

Richmond is recognized as the birthplace of recorded jazz. Hoagy Carmichael, who recorded Star Dust in 1923 at the Gennett Recording Studios, is just one of many jazz greats to record locally.

The Richmond Symphony has an 80-piece orchestra with a 100-voice chorus.

Richmond Civic Theater has several major productions each year. Dramas for children, by children, are produced by Junior Players.

The Richmond Art Museum, which specializes in Indiana art, also hosts major traveling art exhibitions.

Outdoor Activities and Recreation

Hayes Regional Arboretum, a 355-acre nature preserve with Indiana's first solar greenhouse, offers hiking, nature classes, and a bird sanctuary.

Richmond has 1,112 acres of parkland, including Glen Miller Park, with its natural spring water and recreational and picnicking spots.

Whitewater Gorge, a spectacular geological gorge formed during the last ice age, provides miles of hiking trails and scenic vistas, such as the fossil-rich Thistlethwaite Falls.

Middlefork Reservoir, a fishing and boating lake, has a large accessible playground on shore. Public fishing is also available at most Richmond parks.

Cope Environmental Center, with wetlands, more than four miles of hiking trails and over 100 species of conifer trees, provides educational opportunities regarding the wise use of the earth's resources.

Cyclists can take advantage of local roads, mountain bike trails and BMX tracks. Students often commute to and from ESR by bicycle.

The YWCA, YMCA, some local sports clubs, and church leagues are available to students. The city provides a wide range of recreational leagues and facilities.

Shopping and Dining

Grocery stores, shopping centers, department stores and specialty stores are located throughout Richmond, often within a ten-minute drive of ESR.

The Richmond Farmers Market is a source of local produce and crafts.

Uptown Richmond and the Richmond Depot District offer a wide variety of locally owned shops and places to eat.

Richmond restaurants offer surprising diversity to anyone who expects standard Midwestern fare. Restaurants, diners and coffee shops range from well-known national and regional chains to locally owned favorites.

Conference Center

Quaker Hill Conference Center is part of a 25-acre area in Spring Grove. In addition to motel-like accommodations in Woodard Lodge, the center includes a large residence with housing and dining for retreats, conferences and family gatherings.

Nearby Attractions

Thirty or so minutes south of Richmond are Whitewater Memorial State Park, the Brookville Reservoir, and Hueston Woods, a popular Ohio spot for conferences and retreats.

To the north, located in Fountain City, is the Levi Coffin House, Grand Central Station of the Quaker Underground Railroad for fleeing slaves of pre-Civil War days.