graphicResidents are thankful for a cost of living in Clinton County that is surprisingly low. Spacious homes in the area are priced at a fraction of their counterparts in Chicago, Cincinnati, or Fort Wayne. The county’s tax rate is also consistently below the Indiana state average - itself one of the lowest in the country. Property tax rates in Indiana are determined by local governmental units using a formula that incorporates capital requirements of the impacted governmental units and the assessed value of real and personal property held on March 1 of any given year. Taxes are paid in semi-annual installments - May and November - in the following year. For these reasons - along with Clinton County’s friendly atmosphere - there is a record number of real estate developments in the area. Old-fashioned hospitality still exists in Clinton County, and new residents are warmly welcomed. In fact, a Welcome Wagon greeting service is in place to provide new residents with information about the community.

There is a little bit of something for everyone when it comes to the housing market in Clinton County. Residents can choose from a wide variety of home styles and price ranges, including the area’s trademark stately homes in historic districts. These turn-of-the century homes feature many unique architectural elements, and many have been beautifully refurbished. In addition, many well-established subdivisions with modern homes are located throughout the county, as are new housing developments. These new developments are known for their high quality, upgraded features and affordable prices-from the $90’s. Conveniently located near Frankfort, many of the county’s newer subdivisions offer amenities such as lakes for boating and fishing, golf course access, swimming pools, and tennis courts. Those in search of true country living can choose from older farm homesteads and single-family homes with acreage that dot the county’s rural landscape. This winning combination of rural charm and suburban conveniences attracts many residents to Clinton County.

graphicResidents can also choose from a small selection of condominium communities in Frankfort, most starting at $120,000. Those who seek rental accommodations will find many options in Clinton County. Turtle Creek Apartments, Seasons 4 Apartments, Wilshire Court Apartments, Canterbury House Apartments, and Eastgate Townhomes are conveniently located near schools, shopping, and the east-side business district of Frankfort. Each apartment community has its own selection of amenities and conveniences. Other rental housing options include Catalpa Gardens and The Pines Apartments in Frankfort.

Clinton County’s senior residents can choose from several assisted living options. Wesley Manor is a continuing care facility offering individual cottages and apartments on its 53 acres. Residents over 60 can reside here and take advantage of amenities including an indoor pool, bowling alley, woodcraft and ceramics room, greenhouse, chapel, and comprehensive health care facility. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Wesley Manor is a non-profit retirement community committed to offering retirees a full and active lifestyle. Other facilities include Friendship Village - a 32-unit senior citizen complex designed to enhance independent living conditions for the elderly on fixed incomes. Here, residents contribute no more than 25% of their monthly income to rent. Operating in conjunction with the Frankfort Community Housing and the Farmers Home Administration, Friendship Village is governed by a board of local residents. The Mulberry Lutheran Home is another retirement community for senior residents, and nursing homes include Clinton House Convalescent Center, Frankfort Nursing Home, Houston Health Care, and Milner Community Health Care.

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graphicThe retail community in Clinton County is extremely active and offers residents a wide array of shopping options. In addition to large shopping malls in nearby Lafayette, Kokomo, and Indianapolis, Clinton County is home to many retail chains and discount stores. Shopping in Clinton County offers a little something for everyone.

graphicThe historic downtown area of Frankfort is a favorite shopping spot for Clinton County residents. The Main Street organization began renovations in 1985, paving sidewalks, planting trees, improving traffic signals, and rehabilitating historic buildings. This downtown area is a unique spot where residents have access to quaint boutiques and a diverse selection of merchants.

Clinton County residents have access to numerous dining options at the area’s cafes, fast food establishments, and family restaurants. Area clubs and lodges also offer dining facilities. With larger urban centers nearby, residents can access a vast pool of ethnic cuisine, fine dining establishments, and family favorite restaurant chains.

Lodging options in Clinton County range from economical motels to larger, more sophisticated hotel chains. Camp Cullom, north of Frankfort, offers camping facilities on its 90-acre site. Along with campgrounds, Camp Cullom is used for fishing, picnicking, sledding, hiking, and nature study. Founded more than 50 years ago, this facility also serves as a spot for nature study, with a natural habitat that is home to a wide variety of wildlife and vegetation. The Big Fish’N Campground also offers residents and Clinton County visitors a large camping area. Surrounded by stocked ponds, horseshoes, hiking trails, and play areas, this popular camping facility offers a relaxing getaway as well as affordable lodging.

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OCTOBER 1999

NOVEMBER

• Second Wednesday of the month—Zonta Civic Day
• Second Saturday—Downtown Open House
• Beginning Thanksgiving Night Through the New Year—Holiday Festival of Lights at TPA Park

DECEMBER

• First Sunday—Christmas Parade

JANUARY 2000

• Last Thursday of the month—State of the Chamber Dinner

FEBRUARY

MARCH

• First Saturday of the month—Zonta Chicken Noodle Dinner

APRIL

• Secretary’s Day—Tri Kappa Luncheon at First Presbyterian Church

MAY

• First Saturday of the month—Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at 4-H Building

JUNE

• Third weekend of the month—Forest Fun Fest
• Fourth weekend of the month— Kirk’s Crossing Festival (Kirklin, IN)

JULY

• Fourth—Frankfort Jaycees firework display at the TPA park
• Second week of the month—Clinton County 4-H Fair
• Last weekend of the month— Hot Dog Festival (Frankfort, IN)

AUGUST

• First weekend of the month— Colfax Hickory Days
• Last weekend of the month—Rossville Summer’s End Festival

SEPTEMBER 2000

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graphicVarious forms of entertainment and the arts can be experienced in Clinton County. Those who enjoy the performing arts will appreciate the stage productions offered at the Red Barn Summer Theatre and Clinton County Civic Theatre. Productions range from hilarious comedies to enchanting musicals.

The Painted Lady House and Museum is open year-round. The past comes alive in this renovated Victorian home filled with period furnishings, vintage clothing and accessories, and antique dolls. The Goodwin Museum in Frankfort is home to J. William Goodwin’s unique collection of letters and rare mementos from United States presidents, including Abraham Lincoln. This museum also displays numerous classic automobiles, including a 1904 Dusenberg, a 1948 Tucker, Jack Benny’s Maxwell, two Indy-500 race winners, and horse-drawn hearses. The motorized wheelchair used by Franklin D. Roosevelt is also on display. And the Clinton County Historical Museum is located in three rooms of the Old Frankfort Stone High School, known to residents as Old Stoney. Built in 1892 as a school, it was destroyed by fire in 1902 and restored in 1926.

graphicResidents of Clinton County enjoy entertainment options such as golfing, movies, and musical entertainment. A vast array of artistic and entertainment options are only a short drive away, in cities such as Kokomo, Lafayette, and Indianapolis. These larger urban centers offer theatre productions, nightclubs, comedy clubs, and other a variety of cultural and artistic events.

 

 

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