NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (Oct. 23, 2015) -- “Your Town Friday” went back to Noblesville thsi week!
The Hamilton County community is about 25 miles northeast of downtown Indy. There are a lot of great things to do indoors, like great restaurants and shopping, but if you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity for your family, or maybe you want to pick up a new hobby, consider archery in Noblesville!
Basic hand-eye coordination, focus, and patience are all you need to bring with you to Koteewi Archery Range.
"Archery is one of those sports, an individual sport, where you can shoot at your own pace. A wide variety of people come out here. Teachers come out here after a stressful day in the classroom and shoot a few arrows to unwind. A lot of people use it for that. I have a lot of seniors that come out and they're looking for something enjoyable to do. It’s a nice peaceful sport that teaches young kids focus and mental preparedness and it’s a good all-around sport to practice," said range manager Tony Girt.
Girt will help you every step of the way, whether you're looking to pick up a new hobby, want to have a little fun with the family or need to sharpen your skills.
"They can learn anything they need to know about archery. I've been doing it for 30 to 35 years. I've been coaching kids and adults for the last 10 to 15 years. We have a full staff of certified archery coaches so if someone wants to show up, that’s what our biggest draw has been out here, most families looking for something fun to do together as a family. They’ll come out, we get them all set up with equipment, they don’t need their own equipment and we bring them out here to the range first. We teach them how to safely use the range, we put bows in their hand and teach them how to safely shoot a bow. It's a lot of fun! We generally spend an hour or two out here and have a good time!" said Girt.
The range is open year-round…rain, snow or shine! They also feature a 3D trail and archery shop. It’s the full package in a park type setting! Next year they are adding a zip line and equestrian center!
If you didn't know, Noblesville also has quite a bit of history that you can see and experience for yourself.
"One of my favorite things about the museum is the sheriff’s history. I don’t think you get a lot of that in other places. We have uniforms from one of the sheriff's. We have pictures of their families and kids," said Katie Murray, president of the Hamilton County Historical Society.
What was once the Hamilton County sheriff’s residence and county jail…is now the Hamilton County Historical Museum.
"When people come in here they're really surprised at what it is, that we’ve actually made it into a museum. They can go into the jail cells and see what's back there and on our third floor there are women cells and it's always fun looking at those, because it seems women had it a little easier than the men," said Katie.
It was the sheriff’s residence and jail back in the 1800s and was used until the 1970s.
"I do know one of our most famous prisoners was DC Stevenson, who was the Grand Dragon of the KKK. His trial was moved here from Noblesville and he stayed upstairs for a while as he was awaiting his trial. Another one of our famous prisoners was Charles Manson. He was here as a youth, a juvenile, he escaped the Indiana Boys School, wrecked a car somewhere in Hamilton County and ended up here for a night,” said Katie.
In the late 20th century, the Hamilton County Historical Society had it fully restored and turned it into a museum. Everything you see is real and from right in Hamilton County.
“There is a lot of Hamilton County history. There’s Indian history, sheriff’s history, 1890’s Victorian too so the building is in its heyday. There is a tree stump with a cannon ball in it from the Civil War. It was used as a Civil War lectern when they had their meetings after the Civil War. It’s a cool piece of history and all the kids like that. We have tested the cannonball, it’s not live! We do different exhibits and right now we have the Veteran’s Day exhibit so we have uniforms, and in the spring we like to do wedding dresses because around May and June we do that. We have several wedding dresses going back to the 1800s to the present,” said Katie.
It’s free to get in. The museum is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.