Experience ESR

City of Richmond

Founded by North Carolina Quakers who settled along the Whitewater River in 1806, Richmond developed into a center for trading and transportation and is the seat for Wayne County.

Richmond is recognized as the birthplace of recorded jazz. Hoagy Carmichael, who recorded Star Dust in 1923 at the Gennett Recording Studios, is just one of many jazz greats to record locally.

Affordable, secure, and filled with some refreshing surprises, Richmond offers the depth and vitality of a small city without the big-city pressures.

The home of Earlham College and the Earlham School of Religion, Richmond is a contemporary worldwide center for Quakers. The central office of Friends United Meeting (FUM), the international headquarters for the largest grouping of the Religious Society of Friends, is located in Spring Grove, Richmond. Students have access to FUM's national staff as well as the Quaker Hill Conference Center and the Quaker Hill Bookstore, a Christian retailer at the same location.

There are three Friends Meetings in Richmond. First Friends, located on Chester Boulevard, and West Richmond, near the Earlham campus, are both semi-programmed. Clear Creek is unprogrammed and meets on the Earlham College campus. Several more Friends Meetings, as well as congregations of other faith traditions, are within easy driving distance in both Indiana and Ohio.

The Arts: The Richmond Symphony has an 80-piece orchestra with a 100-voice chorus. Richmond Civic Theater has several major productions each year. Dramas for children, by children, are produced by Junior Players. The Richmond Art Museum, which specializes in Indiana art, also hosts major traveling art exhibitions.

Outdoor Activities and Recreation: Hayes Regional Arboretum, a 355-acre nature preserve with Indiana's first solar greenhouse, offers hiking, nature classes, and a bird sanctuary. Richmond has 1,112 acres of parkland, including Glen Miller Park, with its natural spring water and recreational and picnicking spots. Whitewater Gorge, a spectacular geological gorge formed during the last ice age, provides miles of hiking trails and scenic vistas, such as the fossil-rich Thistlethwaite Falls. Middlefork Reservoir, a fishing and boating lake, has a large accessible playground on shore. Cope Environmental Center, with wetlands, more than four miles of hiking trails and over 100 species of conifer trees, provides educational opportunities regarding the wise use of the earth's resources. The YWCA, YMCA, some local sports clubs, and church leagues are available to students. For the more adventurous, skydiving is available at the Municipal Airport.

Schools and Higher Education Centers: In addition to Richmond Community and Wayne County public schools, there are alternative school options, including the accredited Richmond Friends School, founded and operated by Quakers. Earlham, ESR, and Bethany are closely linked to Indiana University East, Purdue University Programs, and Ivy Tech in Richmond.

Conference Center: Quaker Hill Conference Center is part of a 25-acre area in Spring Grove. In addition to motel-like accommodations in Woodard Lodge, the center includes a large residence with housing and dining for retreats and conferences. A great place for family gatherings.

Surrounding Area: Fifth Street Bagel, known for its coffee as well as its bagels, is located a few blocks from ESR.

Supermarkets and the seasonal farmer's market are a 10 minute drive or less from ESR, as are shopping centers, department stores, specialty shops, antique malls, and restaurants galore. Morrisson-Reeves Library, with its fine children's department, and the Wayne County Historical Museum, housed in an old Friends Meetinghouse, are found in uptown Richmond. Reid Hospital, a fully staffed area facility offering a wide variety of medical services, is also located on nearby Chester Boulevard.

Thirty minutes or so south of Richmond are Whitewater Memorial State Park, the Brookville Reservoir, and Hueston Woods, a popular Ohio spot for conferences and retreats. To the north, located in Fountain City, is the Levi Coffin House, Grand Central Station of the Quaker Underground Railroad for fleeing slaves of pre-Civil War days.

Nearby cities include Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Indiana. Major airports are located in each of these cities.