Lockerbie Square District
Lockerbie Square District
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Travel back in time as you wander down cobblestone streets and gaze at restored 19th-century homes in this historic Indianapolis district. The square gained fame as the home of celebrated Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley.
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Mermaid929
Naples, FL153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Family
If you are in downtown Indianapolis, it's a nice little walk over to Lockerbie Square. This small residential neighborhood is beyond charming! There are adorable little cottage houses and one or two nearly mansion sized ones as well. The neighborhood is quiet and well-kept. It's like you've stepped back in time to walk the streets.
Written 4 December 2013
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MoJoTours
Scotland, UK407 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
This is definitely worth a visit if you are in Indianapolis. The Square is located east of downtown where New York Street meets East Street. You can drive through all the streets and see all the old houses but parking is restricted everywhere in the square to residents only. We thought the best street was Lockerbie Street itself. It is a cobbled street with overhanging trees and wonderful houses including the Riley House Museum. James Riley was a Hoosier poet, whose grave is in the Crown Hill Cemetery (another worthwhile place to visit). We also saw a couple walking through the streets. They seemed to be following a walking tour. Either by foot or car, this was a really great experience.
Written 28 June 2015
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HelloJoeOne
Chicago612 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
One could carve out a pretty good life here, Lockerbie next to Mass Ave, next to Rathskeller. Call it walking scale (index) or whatever new term works for human. But, don’t call it gentrified, at this point; Lockerbie is so old it must be on its second and third generation of boomers to Xers.

I suggest a good pair of day hikers and set out to cover it all. Up and down every street- it is so worth it.
Written 7 July 2013
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Darrell R
South Haven, MI18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Lockerbie is a neat little historic residential neighborhood, with cobblestone streets. It is worth a five minute drive through the neighborhood. The only place to stop would be the historic victorian home of James Whitcomb Riley. The home has been preserved and is open as a museum to an earlier era and the life of Mr. Riley, the Hoosier poet. Riley was a prolific writer of poetry & prose, with hundreds of published works. Most people outside Indiana no longer remember him, but they remember some of his words ("When the frost is on the pumpkin,...") and characters ( Little Orphant Annie). If you have a hour and are into history and/or poetry, visit the Riley home in Lockerbie.
Written 13 January 2012
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DMJA21
Fishers, IN3,639 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
This is a beautifully restored area that is worth seeing. Located to the south and east of the Mass Ave food district, it is easy to get to and take in by car or on foot.
Written 27 July 2017
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BUGI_70
Florence, Italy2,440 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
Lockerbie Square District, the old Indianapolis, is a small area with historic lovely houses and cable stones roads.
You can have a ride in the district: it'll take few minutes.
Written 12 December 2016
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Rick W
Grand Rapids, MI132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Solo
I drove in from Michigan St. and parked on N. Park. It was a Saturday and I had no problem finding a spot, but I had to use a parking meter. It's $1.50 hr. If you're there on Sunday there's no charge. I only had two quarters so I paid for twenty minutes and began walking.

This is a cute little neighborhood with some really well kept homes. Lockerbie St by the Riley house has an aggregate stone type of surface that takes cobblestone to the next notch. I walked down Lockerbie all the way to College and turned North where I found a building that had a large parking lot with nobody in it. I think I could have parked there for free. I walked back through another part of the neighborhood and was back in the car before my twenty minutes was finished.

I was expecting to see bigger houses, I guess. Like what I saw in Louisville. Anyway I'm glad I went, but I'm not going again.
Written 6 July 2013
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James M
West Lafayette, IN2,071 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011
We visited the James Whitcomb Riley history house. It was decorated for Christmas and was like stepping back in time. Our guide provided interesting background, answered questions about "The Hoosier Poet's" last years in the house. As we left, stepping onto the cobblestone street, we could see the modern Indianapolis skyline just a few blocks away. The residences in the area are smaller, historic, well-maintained.
Written 19 July 2012
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beetcanner
Southern Nevada661 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
This is a picturesque, quiet neighborhood to walk or bicycle passed historic homes, well kept yards. There's much to appreciate here.
Written 13 July 2017
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ELIZABETH L
Indianapolis, IN61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Lockerbie Square is a small residential neighborhood at the northeast edge of downtown Indianapolis. Although it's an easy walk from downtown and right next to Mass Ave with all the shops and restaurants, when you step into Lockerbie Square, you feel very far away from the busy streets. There are pretty, old houses, cobbled streets, and lots of trees. The James Whitcom Riley house is in this neighborhood too. A nice place to take a walk and drink in some Indianapolis history.
Written 4 May 2017
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