For Business

Our charming town, is nestled in the heart of Gibson County, Indiana. Known for its warm community, Owensville is home to several small to medium businesses that cater to residents' necessities. The vibrant local culture is a reflection of the warm and welcoming community that resides here, making Owensville an ideal place for new businesses. The town's businesses are not just essential sources of goods and services but also serve as a representation of the rich history and unique character of our delightful little town.

For Residents

Owensville is a small town located in southern Indiana, with a population of approximately 1,000 residents. The town boasts a strong sense of community and a variety of local businesses and services. Main Street is home to several restaurants, shops, and a library. The town’s parks offer opportunities for outdoor recreation, featuring a playground, basketball courts, and baseball fields. Although the town is relatively small, it provides a comfortable lifestyle for its residents who value a strong community.

For Visitors

Our quaint town is nestled in southern Indiana, perfect for a relaxing getaway. Visitors can explore our rich history or enjoy the outdoors. With its friendly small-town atmosphere, Owensville offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The town hosts several annual events, such as the Owensville Watermelon Festival. Owensville is conveniently located near larger cities, such as Evansville and Princeton, which offer additional shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

Welcome to the Town of Owensville, Indiana

Nestled in the southwest corner of Indiana, Owensville offers a lifestyle of a unique balance and blend of rural, suburban, and industrial life. As our famous Watermelon Fest proves year after year, you can’t find friendlier people anywhere else.

Love nature? The Wabash River, fabled in song, is a stone’s throw away. We enjoy a four season climate. Hoosiers joke that “Every season has three seasons in one. If you don’t like today’s weather, wait a day. It’ll change. “The Fall foliage is breathtaking. Winter offers just enough snow so that children are well versed in the construction of snowmen (and that Hoosier love for baseball and basketball means strong accurate arms for snowballs). Spring brings the farmers and gardeners out to tend that amazing Indiana soil. Summers are just right for swimming, water skiing, and all the other summer sports.

Agriculture is a respected and important aspect of our community. The work ethic that made America great is evidenced in our local farmers – working hard to feed our great nation. Industry is no stranger – The Gibson Generating Station and Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana’s plant are world class producers of energy and vehicles.

Owensville, Indiana – where we still live the American Dream!

Owensville is the third largest town and the smallest of the five larger communities in Gibson County, Indiana, United States with a population of about 1,330.

Owensville was established in 1817 by Phillip Briscoe, when he filed the town plat consisting of 52 parcels and five out-parcels. A fire in 1876 destroyed many of the wood framed businesses on the eastern side of the town square. It was not until 1881 that Owensville incorporated.

Unlike Princeton and Fort Branch, Owensville’s economy practically consists of a scant few family-owned business with only three exceptions: Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based Dollar General, Mount Carmel, Illinois-based Community Natural Gas, and Mount Vernon, Indiana-based Schultheis Insurance. The largest family-owned businesses in Owensville are Holder’s Furniture and Holders Funeral Home (not owned by the same family). However, like Fort Branch, Owensville is largely surrounded by unincorporated subdivisions, primarily north of the town. The two largest employers of Owensville’s residents are the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana plant located halfway between Princeton and Fort Branch, as well as Gibson Generating Station located 5.5 miles north-northwest of Owensville, as well two coal mines that opened up in 2008 and 2014, located 6 miles and 1 mile north of town respectively.

Like the other communities in Gibson County, Owensville’s prime economy is based on agriculture. The farms immediately around the town primarily produce corn, soybeans, strawberries, and wheat. Like many other communities along the Lower Wabash Valley, the surrounding Montgomery Township is particularly known for its watermelons, pumpkins, squash, cantaloupes, and zucchini, all heavily produced in the sandy bottom grounds located from the north to the southwest of the town. In addition, milo tends to be produced in place of corn in areas prone to flooding from the Wabash, Patoka, or Black Rivers or any of the other smaller creeks or streams that flow into them.

Events & Programs

Our town is alive! Join the fun in our town!

03 August Saturday

Owensville Watermelon Festival – Car Show

August 3, 2024 @ 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Owensville, Indiana
01 August Thursday

Owensville Watermelon Festival 2024

August 1, 2024 9:00 AM - August 3, 2024 5:00 PM
Owensville, Indiana

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Experience the Tradition and the Natural Beauty of our town

Meet Our City Council

A 3-member town council governs the Town of Owensville. This council exercises the legislative function of the town.
The council acts as the de facto town executive also. There is no limitation on the number of terms a town council member may serve.
As mandated by ordinance, the council is elected from districts.

The salaries of the council members are set by ordinance as are all salaries and wages of town officials and employees (IC 36-5-3-2). The council chooses from its members a president who conducts meetings, performs various other executive functions, and is designated as the town executive (IC 36-5-2-7). The members fix the president’s term, but it cannot exceed the term of office for the council member. Council members must reside in the town and the district (precinct) from which they are elected. Their office must be forfeited if that residency is not maintained.

State laws govern the general powers of the council; the methods through which the powers are exercised are left largely to the council to determine by ordinance. The powers of the town council are, in most cases, those powers given to the town government generally. The town’s appointed officials may be numerous if the councils have chosen to create, by ordinance, any of the various boards, commission and authorities authorized by statute, but usually the major appointments are the town marshal and town attorney.

Current Town Council Members & Town Clerk

Town Elections

Elections are conducted when any council member and/or clerk treasurer have opposition; if there is no opposition, a Town Election will not be conducted and the current elected officials are reinstated. Anyone wishing to register to vote may pick up a form at the Owensville Town Hall or use the link provided below to print a copy of the Voter’s Registration Form .

Meeting Schedule
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Voting Districts
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Voter Registration Form
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Town Of Owensville

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Owensville, IN 47665

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