Moonsville, Indiana

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Unincorporated community
Moonsville is located in Indiana
Coordinates: 40°11′38″N 85°36′05″W / 40.19389°N 85.60139°W / 40.19389; -85.60139Coordinates: 40°11′38″N 85°36′05″W / 40.19389°N 85.60139°W / 40.19389; -85.60139
Country United States
State Indiana
County Madison
Township Richland
Elevation 876 ft (267 m)
ZIP code 46012
FIPS code 18-50868[1]
GNIS feature ID 439387[2]

Moonsville is an unincorporated community in Richland Township, Madison County, Indiana.


Moonsville is located at 40°11′38″N 85°36′05″W / 40.19389°N 85.60139°W / 40.19389; -85.60139.


The Following is an exert from the Madison County Cemeteries Commission.

"Moonsville was started in 1839 by a Mr. Williams and a Mr. Adams who opened a small general stone on land owned by Zimri Moon, specifically at the junction of CRs 600N and 350E. Soon afterwards, Hiram Stanton set up a blacksmith shop, and Mr. Moon opened a hotel. There was even a post office, called "Moonville" without an "s," private residences, and the Moonsville Cemetery to the south. However, there was never any town plat designed and so never any incorporation. The general store that started the enterprise changed hands several times, and by 1860 it and the post office had been discontinued.

The local people, though, would not allow Moonsville, however unofficial, to die. They maintained social functions at the crossroads, and sometime during mid 20th century, initiated the Moonsville Conservation Club which held, among other events, an annual horse show, perhaps in honor of the first blacksmith. The Moonsville Horse Show has gone on for over fifty years, continues to be very well attended by equestrians from all over the county, and is considered the high point of the Richland Township social season. Moonsville residents finally got their way: while the 1876 and 1901 plat maps for the township do not show this village, the 1968 plat for the county does—however grudgingly."

Conservation Club[edit]

The Moonsville Conservation Club is the community center of Moonsville. The Club was started in 1953 and has been a focal point for reunions, showers, dances, and graduation open houses for many families in the area. The Club also hosts an annual horse and pony show in its outdoor arena.

In 2011, at the annual horse and pony show, the club recognized Raymond Craib, one of the original members of the Moonsville Conservation Club. Mr. Craib has been a member of the Moonsville Conservation Club since 1953.


  1. Hall, Melody. "Richland Township." Madison County Cemeteries Commission. N.p., 26 Oct. 2012. Web. 24 Mar. 2013.
  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Moonville, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-10-17.