Oaklandon Community - Lawrence Township - Indianapolis, Indiana

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Oaklandon Water Tower Oaklandon is located in Lawrence Township on the very edge of Marion County.  A few steps further and you would be in Hancock County - McCordsville, Indiana.

After a six year court battle, Oaklandon was annexed into Lawrence Township, Indianapolis.

In researching the Internet for the history of this community, I was able to find a PDF file at The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce website that gave some background about the Oaklandon Community.

John Emery platted the village that was originally called Oakland.  When Germantown relocated it's post office in 1870, the name of Oaklandon was taken.  I understand this was to keep from having any confusion about another part of Indiana that had a town named Oakland as well.Bell Tower  

(above-water tower)                                                                   

( to the right Bell Tower - Original Building for Oaklandon Christian Church est. 1866).

Westminster Village North a retirement community on 57 acres, at one time was known as the Sunnyside Sanatorium.  This sanatorium was the first state sanatorium in Indiana.  It was thought that the abundant sunshine and fresh air helped to promote faster recoveries from tuberculosis infection.

While Oaklandon has a long history, I have had a difficult time tracking down some of the homes that are still here in the area.  I will share the building and what I know at this time.Dr. House                                                                         

(Dr. Charles J. Kneer House - Built 1923)







Apple Farm 

(Christopher Apple House - Built 1859) 








(Benjamin F. Smith House - Built 1895)







White House









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Comments (6)

Bob Sloop, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN
RS Mortgage Consulting - Indianapolis, IN
Very nice post, lots of information about our area.  Great pics too.
May 23, 2007 12:07 PM

As a new resident of Oaklandon, I appreciate the information on this site.  Thank you.

Oct 15, 2008 07:01 AM

I've been neighbors with a fellow living in the home listed as Benjamin F. Smith House for around 13 years and I've always wondered about its history and my home's history as well.

The image you've posted is obviously fairly new as the neighborhood surrounding the area known as Maple Bluff was only built in 2004 or 2005, if memory serves correctly.

If you have any other information about this house and its surrounding areas, please contact me at LynziStringer@yahoo.com


Aug 10, 2010 01:44 AM
My dad grew up in oaklandon in the late 40's early 50's before indoor plumbing came to the rural town. He lived somewhere by the water tower with the railroad running through his backyard.
Oct 29, 2011 05:51 PM
Angie Christman

My maiden name is Emery and I grew up in Lawrence. Im doing a family tree, and found this very interesting about John Emery.

Feb 27, 2012 09:59 AM

hi can anyone tell me if the Oaklandon Christian Church is still standing, and what the address is?

Mar 29, 2016 11:29 AM