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The Town of Shirley

Shirley had its start in the year 1890 when the Cincinnati, Wabash and Michigan Railway was extended into Indiana. Named for Joseph A. Shirley, a railroad official, the railroad's legacy remains and explains Shirley's unique location between Hancock and Henry Counties. 830 residents call Shirley, Indiana home and celebrate its small town feel and rich history.

Parks and Trails

Walk through the heart of downtown on the Shirley Trail, take your racket to the park's tennis courts, or host an event in the community building. Our town has 24 acres of park with a playground, softball field, and tennis courts and one mile of trails for biking, walking, and jogging.

Downtown Historic District

Shirley's downtown preserves its rich history at the crossroads of two railroads, featuring a restored New York Central Caboose and the Jane Ross Reeves Octagon House

Annual Events

Whether its for the Strawberry Festival in the spring, the Pumpkins and Peddlers Festival and Turkey Trot in the fall, or celebrating the holidays at the Octagon House or the Christmas Walk there is always a reason to come visit in Shirley!

Community Contacts

Reeves Octagon House

Eastern Hancock School Corp.

Charles E. Beard School Corp.

Hancock County Tourism

Local Resources

Shirley Park Shelter House

200 Second St, Shirley, IN 47384

Available to rent for $200.00.  $50.00 will be returned if building is left cleaned. 

Full Kitchen, bathrooms, tables & chairs included. 

Reservations: (765) 738-6561

Masonic Lodge #531

110 Varner St, Shirley IN 47384


Area Churches

Christ Fellowship Church
4833 S State Rd 109, Knightstown IN 46148 | Mailing address:  PO Box 29, Shirley IN  47384  |  (765) 785-2440 

Sunday Worship Services: 10:15am

Grant City Wesleyan Church
4387 S Grant City Rd, Shirley IN 47384 | (765) 376-7497
Sunday School: 9:30am | Worship & Children's Church: 10:30am | The Gathering: Sundays 6:00pm | Adult  Bible Study: Wednesdays 7pm | Kids' Club:  Wednesdays 6:30-8pm

Shirley Christian Church
202 Meridian St, PO Box 10, Shirley IN 47384 |  (765) 738-6365
Sunday School: 9:30am | Worship 10:30am | Sunday Evening: 6pm | Wednesday Bible Study: 7pm

Shirley Friends Church
101S Main St, PO Box 463, Shirley IN 47384

(765) 414-3492
Sunday School: 9:30 | Worship: 10:30 | Wednesday Bible Study: 6:30

Shirley Church of the Nazarene
306 South St, PO Box 262, Shirley IN 47384

(765) 737-6013
Sunday School: 9:30am | Worship: 10:30am | Wednesday Bible Study: 7pm

Shirley-Wilkinson United Methodist Church
309 South St, PO Box 396 Shirley IN 47384 | (765) 738-6718   

Sunday School: 9:30am | Worship Service: 10:30am

Wilkinson Church of Christ
7293 N State Rd 109, Wilkinson IN 46186
Sunday Services 8:30 & 10:45am | Sunday School 9:45am | Youth Groups: Sundays 5-7pm


Shirley Gospel Mission

212 First St, Shirley, IN

(765) 737-6873

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