The Knightstown Academy Building

The Knightstown Academy is a historic school building located at Knightstown, Henry County, Indiana. The Second Empire Napoleon III style building was built as a Quaker Academy in 1876 and affiliated with the Society of Friends.

The building was designed in Second Empire style. It has a mansard roof and twin four story towers that are topped by a telescope and a globe. After the building ceased to be used as an academy, it functioned for many years as the local public high school.

Currently, the Academy building houses people age 55 and older in apartments, as well as serving as a place for the community to gather. The Academy has hosted several community events including a Community Policing Gathering on the Academy grounds and the 2019 Christmas Tree walk that included over 100 Christmas trees that were sponsored by the local businesses and individuals. For more information about the Academy Place Apartments, go to this link.

Most recently, the Academy has restored the outdoor basketball court and named it in honor of the Hoosier Gym fame gained in the movie, “Hoosiers”.  The Hickory Court is a place where young and old can come over to enjoy a game of ball.

The Knightstown Academy was added to the National Registry of Historic Places on September 29, 1976 and continues to be a treasured part of Knightstown history.