Main Street Greensburg is a non-profit organization that creates a better community focusing on the downtown district through promotion, design, economic development, and historic preservation.
Our Vision for the Future:
Downtown Greensburg is a growing, progressive, and inviting center of the community; a place where a proud past offers a promising future for residents, businesses, and visitors. Downtown is a distinctive area offering quality of life amenities, thriving businesses, and engaging activities.
We are a public/private entity that was founded in 2005 with a commitment to preserve and support the downtown community. As a member of the National Main Street Center and the Indiana Main Street program, the organization is dedicated to revitalizing downtown and ensuring that it is the center of economic, cultural, governmental and social activity in Decatur County.
The organization is driven by the Main Street Four-Point Approach -- organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring. It is a proven strategy that has been used in towns across the nation for over 30 years. Click here to find out more information about the National Main Street Center.
Board, Committees & Staff
Erica Gunn - Chair
Pam Rennekamp - Chair
Economic Restructuring Committee
Bryan Robbins - Chair
President: Erica Gunn - Three Gold Monkeys
Vice President: Christopher Fogle - Decatur County Purdue Extension
Secretary: Susan Burkhart - Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home
Historian: Bryan Robbins - Greensburg Decatur County Economic Development Corporation
Past President: Staci Schutte - St. Mary's Elementary
Bryan Davis - Cummins
Drew Soendlin - Student
Jody Coffman - WRBI
Pam Rennekamp - Kimball Electronics
Sherri Hogg - Pickers Paradise
Board of Directors
Ex-Officio Board Members
Dan Manus - Mayor, City of Greensburg
Darren Covington - Greensburg City Council
Jerome Buening - Decatur County Commissioner
Laurel Saylor - Decatur County Visitors and Recreation Commission
Bonnie Holaday - Alma Taylor Foundation
Find a list of the 129 businesses that call downtown home here.
History of Greensburg
In 1818, the federal government acquired large tracts of land from the Delaware Indian Tribe via the signing of a treaty known as the New Purchase. Colonel Thomas Hendricks was among the first to purchase some of this land and acquired four eighty-acre tracts in 1820. The following year, Decatur County was created by the General Assembly and named after Commodore Stephen Decatur, a naval hero from the War of 1812. Hendricks used one hundred acres of this land to plat the town of Greensburg.
As local lore tells, the name of the town came from Mrs. Thomas Hendricks. She desired the town should be called "Greensburg," in memory of her hometown in Pennsylvania. When the Board of Commissioners was appointed by the legislature to select the location for a new county seat, the question of the name of the town came up. Mrs. Hendricks made known her desire. It was proposed to leave the question to a vote of the seventeen young men who came to this locality with Thomas Hendricks from Pennsylvania. The decision was made (possibly through influence from Mrs. Hendricks and her four pleasant daughters), and on June 14, 1822 the official name of the county seat was chosen and would forever more be known as Greensburg, Indiana.
The Board of Commissioners met regularly at the home of Thomas Hendricks and platted the layout of the community. On September 1, 1822, lots were officially for sale and development began. All government buildings, stores and homes were constructed of logs. The first public building erected in Greensburg was the county jail. The jail sat on the west side of the courthouse lawn from 1823 - 1832. The original two-story brick courthouse was constructed in the center of the courthouse lawn in 1827. By 1837, there were enough people to incorporate Greensburg as a town. For the next sixteen years, Greensburg grew slowly due to the poor condition of the Michigan Road, which was the primary means of transportation to the larger world.
Following the pattern of many Indiana towns, development within the community boomed after the Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and St. Louis Railroad was completed in 1853. The railroad connected Greensburg and Decatur County to distant markets and downtown establishments such as, hotels, restaurants, dry goods, textiles and professional practices thrived.
In 1854, the citizens decided to incorporate as a city and construct a new, grander courthouse. That same year, the courthouse was torn down and Indianapolis architect Edwin G. May was awarded the contract to construct the Romanesque Revival building that we know today. It was completed in 1860, just as the Civil War was commencing. Since approximately 1870, a Mulberry tree has thrived atop the clock tower, giving Greensburg world-wide recognition and the name “Tree City.”
In the years between 1860 and 1900, Greensburg prospered as the center for commerce, political and cultural activity. Abraham Lincoln chose Greensburg as one of his few stops en route to his inauguration in 1861. The courthouse lawn in particular was often a scene for community gatherings. Prior to the Civil War, the lawn was used for soldiers from the county entering the Union Army to practice drill and remained a place for veterans after the war ended to sing war songs, listen to patriotic speeches and reminisce with one another. It was also during this period, in 1874, that Greensburg constructed its first City Hall. Fraternal organizations, such as Elks, Odd Fellows, and Knights of Pythias, were popular and would construct commercial blocks downtown. Lower stories of these buildings would be rented to merchants and the upper stories would be used for their meeting spaces. However, it was also during this time that industry began to move to the outskirts of town or along the railroad tracks.
Although Greensburg went through many changes between 1900 and 1945, the downtown reached its maturity during this time period. Interurban service began in 1907 and linked Greensburg to Indianapolis. Interurban was used by businessmen going to work, farmers sending livestock to the stockyards and people wanting to visit Indianapolis to shop, attend the theater or visit family and friends. In addition to transportation advances, leisure time began to play a larger role in society. In 1915, the YMCA was constructed and became the community center, providing a gymnasium and swimming pool. Popular activities during the roaring twenties included a men’s nine-hole golf course, an amusement park at a nearby artificial lake and a summer resort on McCoy’s Lake. During this decade, businesses and banks prospered.
Business and construction slowed down significantly in the next several decades. The Great Depression and World War II played a large role in that. Although businesses were not growing as much as they had been, people still shopped and transacted governmental business downtown. Only one major civic building was constructed during this time, the Post Office, in 1931.
Sponsoring one of Main Street's events is a great way to advertise your business.
1. It generates visability for your business
2. Shows your investment in the community through quality programming
3. You can associate your business with a successful community development initiative
4. You support our mission of revitalizing Downtown
5. Click here to go to our promotion section & learn about our events.
We are always in need of volunteers at events or with projects. If you wish to volunteer your time to assist us, please call our office at 812.222.0037 or send an e-mail to for more information. We greatly appreciate help from our volunteers.
We are also actively seeking committee members for our organization. If you wish to get involved, read the following descriptions, decide which you wish to be a part of and send an e-mail to expressing your interest.
Organization Committee - This committee focuses on increasing our volunteer base and building partnerships with other local groups to build consensus and cooperation.
Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 5pm in City Hall.
Economic Vitality Committee - This committee focuses on small business development and retention, as well as oversees the Low-Interest Revolving Loan Program.
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5pm in City Hall.
Design Committee - This committee focuses on all aspects of downtown's physical appearance, including reviewing Facade Improvement Grant Program applications.
Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6pm in City Hall.
Promotion Committee - This committee focuses on marketing the downtown and creating community events. Approximately 30 volunteers a year are needed for the Tenderloin Throwdown. Approximately 15 volunteers a year are needed for the Holiday Walk. Other opportunities to volunteer are available as well, let us know what your interests are and we can let you know what might fit.
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6pm in City Hall.
We are always working on something, and many of our projects are to enhance and beautify downtown. A few examples are: our Facade Grant Program, the mosaic tile trash can project, street light banners, the murals (Wings Mural at North & Broadway, Sign of the Times on Main Street, Keep on Truckin parking lot behind Main Street, and Love Grows Here near Fifth Third and Maddux Auction), trash/recycling containers, and the benches. Projects change all of the time, but if you have noticed a particular project that you would like to support financially please let us know. If you have an idea for a project and would like to partner with us we are always looking for new ideas. Send us an email or give us a call at or 812-222-0037.
Without community support, none of what we do would be possible. Financial support allows us to continue helping grow the downtown community and make it a wonderful place for everyone to enjoy. There are a few ways to make a contribution; event sponsorship, merchandise, project based support, or general donation. We are a 501c3 organization and your contributions are tax deductible.
We now have our clothing merchandise and book online!
Our clothing includes a t-shirt, crew neck sweatshirt and hoodie. We also have a book titled Reflections... The History of Decatur County, which was written in partnership with the Decatur County Historical Society.
If you would just like to make a general donation to our organization we can accept those donations via check or PayPal.
Checks can be made payable to Main Street Greensburg and mailed or delivered to:
Main Street Greensburg
314 W. Washington Street
Greensburg, IN 47240
PayPal donations can be made here:
Please note that the donations go to a Heart of the Tree City Inc. account. This is our legal organization name. We are a 501(c)3, so your donation is tax deductible.