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Green Hill
Unincorporated community
Looking west along Pine Street.
Looking west along Pine Street.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Warren
Township Medina
Founded 1832
Founded by William and Horatio Bailey
Named for Green Hill Seminary
Elevation 653 ft (199 m)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 47970
Area code(s) 765
GNIS feature ID 435401

Green Hill is a small unincorporated community in Medina Township, Warren County, in the U.S. state of Indiana.

History

Green Hill Indiana map from 1877 atlas
Map from 1877 atlas

The town was platted on March 5, 1832 by William B. Bailey and his brother Horatio who named it Milford, for their home town of Milford, Delaware. The plat included 48 lots, two north/south streets (Main and East) and three east/west streets (Pine, Center and Warren). The first store opened in 1833 and was followed in subsequent years by several more businesses, including a liquor store, blacksmith, grocery, tannery, shoe-maker, wagon-maker and others. A post office was established on December 2, 1837 as Poolesville, in honor of the town's first resident physician, Dr. Poole — it retained the name until August 13, 1904.

In 1869 the citizens of the town voted to incorporate, and renamed it from Milford to Green Hill, owing to the town's Green Hill Seminary which the United Brethren established there. An 1883 history of the area cited Green Hill's population as "over two hundred".

In common with many other small Midwestern communities, Green Hill diminished during the 20th century as its rural population dwindled or moved to more urban areas. Current population in undetermined, but satellite photography shows perhaps 30 homes in and around the town.

One of Green Hill's most notable natives is NASA astronaut Donald E. Williams, who served as pilot on the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-51-D) in 1985 and as commander of the Atlantis (STS-34) in 1989.

Civil War general George Day Wagner was raised on a farm near Green Hill, and is buried in Armstrong Cemetery.

Geography

Green Hill is located in the far northeastern part of the county, about 13 miles (21 km) northeast of the county seat of Williamsport, 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Otterbein and less than a mile from the border with Tippecanoe County. It overlooks Little Pine Creek which flows along its north and west.


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