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Mt Ayr, Indiana

Mt Ayr History

Mount Ayr has a rich and interesting history. We are located in Jackson Township, Newton County, in the state of Indiana. The population is approximately 120. We are a total area of 0.15 square miles, our area code is 219 and our zip code is 47964.

Mount Ayr was laid out in 1882 when the railroad was extended to that point. The town reportedly was named after Mount Airy, North Carolina, the native home of its founder. A post office has been in operation in Mount Ayr since 1886. Please be patient as we continue to form our history page and provide historical photos In the future.


Projects Committee

Our dedicated Mount Ayr Projects Committee work very hard to provide many fun events throughout the year. It was founded in 2002 and is a 501c3 non-profit organization consisting of a group of volunteers from Mount Ayr and our surrounding area (Jackson Township). The committee sponsors annual events like soup supper in the winter in which proceeds go to scholarships for local students; Easter egg hunts, Fun Day in the Park, Arbor Day Celebration, Back to School Bingo, Halloween in the Community Center and Donuts with Santa. Volunteers and ideas are always welcome.


United States Post Office (Mt Ayr)

We are very proud of our Post Office that has been active since 1886. It is located at 101 E. Rensselaer  Street at the far west  corner of the Community Center.

Mt Ayr Community Center

Post Office
Community Center

The Mount Ayr Community Center is located at 101 E. Rensselaer Street. It houses our U.S. Post Office and a beautiful fully equipped Community Center. The Community Center is available for rentals for receptions, parties, and meetings. Reservations may be made through the Mount Ayr Town Clerk at 219-869-2460.

Mt Ayr School


One thing you know when you hail from  Mount Ayr or learn very quickly when 
you move to Mount Ayr is that the Mount  Ayr School Alumni is very proud of the 
school's heritage and are quite passionate  about its history. The Mount Ayr School has taken many forms since the first two story  frame school was built in 1890 on land  donated by Marion Lewis. The new brick  school was built in 1918. 

The  gymnasium/auditorium was added in  1937. The school was in use until the late  1980's. The Mount Ayr School met with  disaster when it was destroyed by fire on March 30, 2012.

Mt Ayr School
Town Park

Mt Ayr Town Park

The town of Mount Ayr is blessed with a wonderful and beautiful town Park. It is the centerpiece of our little town and provides a quiet atmosphere with beautiful trees and benches, modern playground equipment and shelters and picnic areas for the enjoyment of your family and friends. The park also houses a modern bus shelter to keep our children protected from the weather while waiting for the school bus.





The Mount Ayr Naval Museum is a nostalgic look at the 30 year Naval Career of Lieutenant Commander Howard Marshall, U.S. Navy (Retired). His career  took him to 49 states and over 60 countries. The collection is simply a snapshot of  Commander Marshall's very unique career and his collection of items from around the  world.

108 E. Rensselaer Street Mt Ayr, IN

By appointment only: 219-869-3247

Sigler General Store

The Sigler General Store & Bank of Mt Ayr Museum located at 105 E. Chicago Street in Mount Ayr offers a unique look  at the past and also houses some antiques and  trinkets that are for sale. In addition, Mr. Dan Thomas, curator, and owner, is a world class custom framing. The Museum is not-for-profit  and was built in 1890. Phone: 219-394-3010


Our Churches

Apostolic Faith Assembly Church

The Mount Ayr Apostolic Faith Assembly Church (former Church of God) is located at 215 N. Second Street, Mount Ayr. There are two church buildings located on the property. Although we are working on the history of  the buildings, one appears to have been built at the turn of the century, the Bedford stone structure built in the 1950/60's.

Methodist Church

The first Methodist minister appeared on the scene in Mount Ayr in 1849. The Church was built in 1884 at 104 N. Third Street, Mount Ayr.

More  information to follow.

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