One of the oldest communities in all of Indiana is what we know as the town of Hobart, where the Pottawatomie Indians once lived and where in 1845, an Englishman named George Earle decided the area was a good place for his mill business and built a dam on Deep River to feed his gristmill; he named the spot Hobart after his brother and the mill pond he created after himself, Lake George. Today, Lake George sits in the middle of Hobart’s downtown area and provides all sorts of family fun for Hobart residents and visitors alike, with fishing and boating available. There’s always some ducks to feed, too. As part of Hobart’s Lakefront District, Lake George coordinates with Festival Park to invite visitors to Hobart as well as providing incentive for businesses to come to Hobart’s downtown area. The Hobart personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Kenneth J. Allen serve those in this area. Hobart’s Lakefront District is authentic Americana, with Movies in the Park, weather permitting, and every weekend on the lake having vendors offering a farmer’s market of fresh fruits and vegetables along with handmade arts and crafts, and a child’s crafting spot. Each year, Hobart is host to the Hobart Lakefront Festival (held in August) and the Clocktower Model Boat Race (held in September). The Lakefront Festival is loads of fun — from the Pig Roast held by the Chamber of Commerce, to the Dam Duck Race and lots of food, live music, arts and crafts for sale, and a real beer garden.The Clocktower Model Boat Race takes place just a few weeks after the festival ends. It’s a big deal over a three-day weekend, where Lake George is the setting for a race of over 300 boats going over 70 mph as they compete to win the Clock Tower Trophy.
Deep River County Park
Also inviting to those visiting and living in Hobart alike is the peaceful 1200 acres that comprise the Deep River County Park. Here, nature lovers can hike nature trails, kids can play on the playground, and couples can enjoy a romantic hayride. Located at the intersection of Old Lincoln Highway and County Line Road, Hobart’s Deep River County Park includes a gristmill built by John Wood in 1837 which has now been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also home of Grinder Field. Part of Hobart’s Deep River County Park is a family favorite, the Deep River Waterpark. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Waterpark offers visitors, including tour groups, the chance to ride some of the area’s most exciting water rides, like the Cyclone (check out its warning sign to get an idea of the intensity here).
The Deep River Grinders
Hobart makes its own unique contribution to local culture and fun as one of our local charming Midwest towns with its wonderful baseball team, the Deep River Grinders. The Grinders play ball at Grinder Field not under modern-day standards but according to the rules for baseball in 1858 — and they wear vintage baseball uniforms to match. Hobart isn’t a big place, it’s a small Indiana town where most folk raise their families while traveling to other areas for work. According to the 2010 census, Hobart’s population was 29,059 and most of its jurisdiction involves homes, not business or industry; it’s a nice place to visit and a wonderful place to live. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed due to the wrongful acts of another, then you may have a legal claim for damages as well as the right to justice against the wrongdoer and you are welcomed to contact a Chicagoland and Indiana personal injury lawyer at Kenneth J. Allen Law Group to schedule a free initial legal consultation.