COMMUNITY

More than a Town

On the map, Pendleton is just another dot. One more small Midwestern town. But look a little closer, and you’ll see something pretty special. People who live, work, and play here understand that it’s not necessarily about the town—it’s about the sense of community.

In the end, Pendleton is more than a place. It’s a feeling. And we’d like you to be a part of it.

parks & recreation

Falls Park

Why would a small Central Indiana town set aside over 150 acres of land for public use? After all, that’s well beyond what you’d typically find in a town of this size. The answer: because this isn’t a typical town.
 
The falls on Fall Creek are a part of Pendleton’s heritage. For nearly two centuries, it’s been the focal point of life here. It only made sense, then, to preserve the area. The falls are at the heart of an expansive park that features nature trails, an Olympic-size swimming pool, meeting facilities, a historical museum, and much more.
 
Falls Park has been the setting for picturesque weddings, family reunions, and countless good memories. So much so that it’s more than a recreation area—it’s a part of who we are.

You can visit the park’s official website here.

Fall Creek Golf Club

Fall Creek Golf Club is a public course with a tradition and history as rich as any private facility. The origins of the club date back to the First World War, when it served as a picturesque recreation spot for Pendleton’s residents.

You can visit the club’s official website here.

Alvin D. Brown Memorial Pool

Pendleton boasts one of the finest public pools in Central Indiana. Its official name is Alvin D. Brown Memorial Swimming Pool. But around here, we usually just call it “Brown Pool.” With its curly slide, attractive deck area, and plenty of recreational opportunities, Brown Pool is the perfect place to spend a summer day.

Interestingly, Pendleton’s first public swimming pool was Fall Creek itself. If you visit the falls in Falls Park, you’ll see where the creek was dammed in order to create a swimming area. (Look really closely and you’ll find even more signs of the old swimming hole—namely steps leading into the water and the remnants of where a diving board was once anchored into the rock.)

Click here to visit Brown Pool’s official website for hours, rates, and additional information.

pendleton community public library

The first Pendleton Community Public Library, a Carnegie Library located on State Street, opened to the public for the first time on March 1, 1912. The current library building on Water Street was built in 1991, with an addition and renovation project completed in 2007.

The updated library is warm and welcoming, with walls of windows providing natural light throughout the facility. There are many areas to sit and read, work on a computer, collaborate, or do research. The friendly staff is always willing to help patrons with whatever they may need.

Visit the library's official website.

South Madison Community Foundation

The South Madison Community Foundation exists to produce positive change and lasting impact in Pendleton and the surrounding areas. Since 1992, donors have invested $3 million in grant support to the people and places of Adams, Fall Creek, Green, and Stony Creek townships and have helped build assets of over $8 million for lasting impact.

Visit the foundation’s official website.

south madison community schools

South Madison Community School Corporation (SMCSC) serves over 4,600 students in a district encompassing Adams, Green, and Fall Creek Townships of Madison County. In addition to the Town of Pendleton, SMCSC serves the communities of Markleville and Ingalls.

The school district encompasses approximately 100 square miles in a rural/small town community that is home to 26,045 people (2011 U.S. Census Bureau).

Visit the school district's official website.

civic organizations and not-for-profits

It’s easy to get involved – if you believe in the cause. In Pendleton, numerous civic organizations add value to the town. Not because it’s mandatory, but because so many people here want to help make a difference. These organizations are among the community’s most active:

Friends for Paws
Friends of the Pendleton Community Library
Historic Fall Creek, Pendleton Settlement
Leadership Academy of Madison County
Madison County Chamber of Commerce
Madison County Corporation for Economic Development
Main Street Pendleton
More Than Conquerors
Outfitters Inc.
Pendleton Business Association
Pendleton Farmer’s Market
Pendleton Garden Club
Pendleton Heights High School Best Buddies
Pendleton Historical Museum
Pendleton Junior Baseball
Pendleton Kiwanis
Pendleton Lions Club
Pendleton Youth Soccer Association
Safe Families for Children

Is your Pendleton-area civic or non-profit organization not listed?  Contact Rachel Christenson at rchristenson@town.pendleton.in.us to have it added.

Voting Information

An elected five-person council serves as the legislative and executive body of the Town of Pendleton. The Council’s primary responsibility is allocating the Town’s annual budget.

Council members are elected for a four-year term, and each year the Council nominates a president and vice president. Council meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 6pm in the Pendleton Town Hall. These meetings are open to the public.

MemberEmailDistrist
Robert Jones
Council President
rjones@town.pendleton.in.usDistrict 3
Chad Wolfe
Council Vice President
cwolfe@town.pendleton.in.usAt Large
Chet Babb
Member
cbabb@town.pendleton.in.usDistrict 1
Jessica Smith
Member
jsmith@town.pendleton.in.usAt Large
Mike Romack
Member
mromack@town.pendleton.in.usDistrict 2

 

Anderson/Madison County Visitors Burearu

Naturally, Pendleton is our favorite corner of Madison County. But we’re not the only worthwhile destination in the area. Explore the Anderson/Madison County Visitors Bureau for area places to eat, play, stay, and shop!

Visit the bureau’s official website.