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Brookville, Indiana
Town of Brookville
Aerial view of Brookville from the northeast
Aerial view of Brookville from the northeast
Location of Brookville in Franklin County, Indiana.
Location of Brookville in Franklin County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Franklin
Township Brookville
 • Total 1.45 sq mi (3.75 km2)
 • Land 1.40 sq mi (3.62 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
666 ft (203 m)
 • Total 2,622
 • Density 1,876.88/sq mi (724.62/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (EST)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-08182
GNIS feature ID 0431586

Brookville is a town in Brookville Township, Franklin County, Indiana, United States. The population was 2,596 at the 2010 census. The town is the county seat of and the largest community entirely within Franklin County.


Brookville was platted in 1808 by Thomas Manwarring. The town derives its name from Brooks, the maiden name of a settler's mother. A post office has been in operation at Brookville since 1816.

The Brookville Historic District, Franklin County Seminary, The Hermitage, and Whitewater Canal Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Brookville is located at 39°25′20″N 85°0′34″W / 39.42222°N 85.00944°W / 39.42222; -85.00944 (39.422328, -85.009509). It contains the confluence of the East and West forks of the Whitewater River; the East Fork forms a portion of the eastern boundary of the town. Brookville is also at the southern end of Brookville Lake, impounded in 1974 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

According to the 2010 census, Brookville has a total area of 1.54 square miles (3.99 km2), of which 1.5 square miles (3.88 km2) (or 97.4%) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (or 2.6%) is water.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Brookville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,177
1860 1,284 9.1%
1880 1,813
1890 2,028 11.9%
1900 2,037 0.4%
1910 2,169 6.5%
1920 2,220 2.4%
1930 2,148 −3.2%
1940 2,194 2.1%
1950 2,538 15.7%
1960 2,596 2.3%
1970 2,864 10.3%
1980 2,980 4.1%
1990 2,529 −15.1%
2000 2,652 4.9%
2010 2,596 −2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,596 people, 1,160 households, and 673 families living in the town. The population density was 1,730.7 inhabitants per square mile (668.2/km2). There were 1,307 housing units at an average density of 871.3 per square mile (336.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.5% White, 0.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 1,160 households, of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.0% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the town was 39.6 years. 24.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.4% were from 25 to 44; 24% were from 45 to 64; and 20.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.


The main mode of transportation is by road. Major routes running through the town include:

  • US 52.svg U.S. Route 52
  • Indiana 1.svg State Road 1
  • Indiana 101.svg State Road 101
  • Indiana 252.svg State Road 252

Brookville Reservoir is registered with the Federal Aviation Administration and the International Civil Aviation Organization as a civil airport assigned ICAO code K12I. It is only suitable for aircraft capable of water landing because there are no paved runways. Brookville Reservoir Airport is owned by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.


The town has a free lending library, the Franklin County Public Library District.

Notable people

  • Anna Farquhar Bergengren (1865–?), writer, editor
  • Indiana Sopris Cushman (1839-1925), pioneer teacher in Denver, Colorado
  • James B. Goudie Jr., Indiana state representative, grist mill owner, and newspaper owner
  • Sarah Carmichael Harrell (1844-1929), educator and temperance reformer
  • John Templeton McCarty, one of the founders of the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta
  • Minnie Myrtle Miller (1842-1882), writer
  • Noah Noble, 5th Governor of Indiana
  • James B. Ray, 4th governor of Indiana
  • John St. John, 8th governor of Kansas
  • Gilbert Van Camp, founder of the Van Camp pork and beans company
  • David Wallace, 6th governor of Indiana
  • Lew Wallace, 11th governor of New Mexico Territory, Union general in the American Civil War, author of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
  • Roswell Winans, Medal of Honor recipient
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