The City of Noblesville has established a committee to plan for the city’s bicentennial celebration in 2023, with Noblesville’s 200th anniversary being celebrated.
Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen named Bret Richardson and Megan Wiles as honorary chairs of the Noblesville Bicentennial Committee. The two will oversee planning and programming for the celebration, while residents will help contribute and volunteer at the events.
“The goal is to showcase 200 years of community contributions, accomplishments and milestones,” Jensen said. “We aim to encourage the widest possible participation of Noblesville residents in the bicentennial celebration, so that all citizens feel a sense of participation and civic pride in commemorating our rich history and bright future.”
Bret Richardson is a sixth-generation Noblesville native and his family history in the area dates back to 1821 when his great-great-great-grandfather moved to the area prior to the formation of Hamilton County and the city. He and his wife, Tammy, live in a house on Logan Street in the historic district built by his great-aunt, Cory Heylmann, who worked in the buggy and wagon business in downtown Noblesville in the early 1900s.
Richardson is semi-retired and owns two buildings in the historic square. In his spare time, he serves on the board of the Noblesville Preservation Alliance and the Noblesville Schools Educational Foundation and serves on the Noblesville Main Street committee. He has already attended the fiftieth anniversary celebration of Noblesville 50 years ago.
Megan Wiles is the executive director of the Riverview Health Foundation. She has held this position since March 2015. Her responsibilities include working with the Riverview Health Foundation Board of Directors and community members to raise charitable funds to benefit patients and their families at Riverview Health, the hospital of Hamilton County.
Wiles is in her second term as a member of Noblesville Common Council and currently serves as council chair. She previously served as Vice President of Council, chaired the Economic Development Committee and Finance Committee, and established the Downtown District Committee.
William Conner and Josiah Polk laid out what is now downtown Noblesville in 1823, which was designated as the county seat of Hamilton in 1824 and incorporated in 1851.
Those interested in helping with the event can email [email protected] for more information.