Oaklandon Community by Cyndi Sloop

The following article was written in 2007 by Cynthia Sloop for her blog, Cyndi Sloop's Community Scoop.  It represents one of the few articles I have found on the internet that attempts to address the Oaklandon Community as a whole (albeit from the point of view of a realestate professional.)

Source: http://activerain.com/ | Permission To Use Submitted: 10/13/2016
Oaklandon Water Tower

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

Bell 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.                                                                       

Benjamin F. Smith House [1885]

Benjamin F. Smith House [1885]

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Christopher Apple House [1859]

Christopher Apple House [1859]
Dr Charles J. Kneer House [1923]

Dr Charles J. Kneer House [1923]
Historic Oaklandon Home

Historic Oaklandon Home
Oakland Lodge #140

Oakland Lodge #140
Oaklandon Unitarian Universalist Church

Oaklandon Unitarian Universalist Church

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