Middleboro, Indiana is located on the east fork of the middle fork of the Whitewater River in the northeast quadrant of Wayne Township in Wayne County, Indiana.
The main "street" through town is Indiana State Road 227, also known as Middleboro Pike. Middleboro is approximately six miles north of Richmond, Indiana, one mile from the eastern border of the state. [MAP]
The area was settled by Quakers from North Carolina during the early 1800's. One of the first businesses in the area was a grist mill built by Jeremiah Cox, Jr., the son of one of Richmond's founders, Jeremiah Cox Sr.. Due to the importance of the mill to the area, the settlement was originally called "Cox's Mill". The book, History of Wayne County, says of the mill:
In the book "The Mills of Wayne County", published on June 19, 1912 by William O. Wissler, Cox's Mills are described as follows on page 36:
The mill is still standing and is now a private residence. [ Pictures of Mills & River]
In the book, History of Wayne County, Middleboro is also referred to as Middleborough (p.47).
One of the most memorable features of Middleboro, is the church that has stood on the curve of Middleboro Pike (Indiana 227) in the middle of town for many years. Middleboro United Methodist Church, or The Church By the Side of the Road, serves as a spiritual and social gathering place for the surrounding countryside.
Services and Sunday School are held on Sunday Morning. All are welcome.
The Middleboro area (North to Filby Road) is served by Richmond Community Schools. Children in grades K-5 attend Highland Heights Elementary. Grades 6-8 attend Test Middle School and grades 9-12 attend Richmond High School.
The most prevalent businesses in the area are family farms, many that have been owned by the same family for several generations.
Current non-agricultural businesses around the Middleboro area include:
Former Businesses that many who are from this area will remember:
JOE MOORE'S GROCERY, affectionately known as Joe's, served as the retail and social gathering place for the area, from the 1950's to the 1970's. The store originally stood on the southeast corner of 227 and Hollansburg but was torn down and replaced by a more modern store on the northeast corner. The former store is now a private residence.
Many growing up in the area remember Joe's as THE place for spending their allowance on penny candy. Adults remember how handy it was not to have to drive all the way to Richmond for that forgotten grocery item you remembered just before suppertime. Joe's also served as a convenient gathering place to meet with your neighbor to compare crop reports.
HONEY PLANT - converted from the old school house located on Cook Road, between 227 and Porterfield Road, the Honey Plant was owned by Earl Alexander who used the building to refine the honey from the bees he kept on his local farms. Honey produced here was sold locally as Four Clover Brand.
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