New Augusta Neighborhood Walking Tour
New Augusta Depot - 7135 Purdy St, Indianapolis, IN
New Augusta is a tucked-away secret—a nineteenth-century railroad village that survives in the midst of the city. The charming area contains houses and commercial structures built from the 1870s through the early twentieth century, set along narrow streets. A church owns and maintains the local public park.
President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train passed through New Augusta on its way to Springfield 150 years ago. When passenger trains ceased to stop in New Augusta, the Purdy family acquired the 1895 depot, which was next door to their home. Mary, Emma, and Olive Purdy, the granddaughters of New Augusta settlers, maintained the depot until they died and it remains in the family today.
Located between 71st and 74th streets, Lyons Road, and the railroad tracks (east of Georgetown Road), the semi-rural village became part of the City of Indianapolis in 1970 under UniGov. It won listing in the National Register in 1989. To preserve the semi-rural character of the area, residents won conservation district status from the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission in 1999.
The tour begins at the New Augusta Depot, 7135 Purdy St., led by longtime residents Mark Patty, Joe Wagle, Jim Warriner, and Holly Hill. Visitors will go inside the well-preserved depot, owned by James Killen, and the former New Augusta School and Gymnasium, owned by William Maher and repurposed to house a plumbing company.
Post-tour dining options in the area include the Simple Good Food Truck, parked near the registration site at the New Augusta Depot, Chef Mike’s Charcoal Grill on Woodland Drive, and the Loft at Traders Point Creamery on Cooper Road, both within driving distance.
Staged by Indiana Landmarks and HUNI, each tour begins at 6 pm, led by Indiana Landmarks and a resident of the neighborhood. The 90-minute tours are $10 per person (discount for Landmarks members and residents of the tour neighborhood). Register online: neighborhoodtours2015.eventbrite.com or call 317-636-4534. Capacity is limited, so please order soon.