Grant County

Area
414.90 sq mi
Population
66,944
Density
159/sq mi
County Seat
Marion

Events

Quilters Hall Of Fame Celebration
July
Van Buren Popcorn 50th Annual Festival
August
James Dean Festival
September
Mississinewa 1812
October
Walkway of Lights
December

Top Employers

Marion Health
Indiana Wesleyan University
Taylor University
General Motors
Walmart Distribution Center

Notable Residents

Jim Davis
Creator of Garfield
James Dean
Actor

Things to Do

Grant County is the birthplace of Hollywood icon and legend, James Dean.

For decades, Marion has been called the “Christmas City” for its renowned annual Walkway of Lights display.

Mississinewa 1812 is the largest War of 1812 living history event in the United States.

Get to know Grant County

Ambassador: Stephanie Herschberger

Stephanie is the Talent Connection Manager at Ivy Tech Community College – Marion Campus. She has worked in Early Childhood Education for 22 years with 16 of those years as a Director. Most recently, Stephanie worked for 10 years as the Director of Youth Development at the Grant County Family YMCA. Stephanie has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood from Ivy Tech Community College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Management and will graduate in January 2024. She has been married to her husband David for 8 years, and has 3 children, Zackery, Joseph, and Emily. Her husband has been a farmer for 22 years. They also have two dogs named Charlie & Hazel. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys running, golfing, gardening and traveling anywhere that leads her to the beach. She loves to volunteer in the community that she works in and has built great relationships with community members. She looks forward to supporting and helping Grant County grow into a place where everyone wants to come and raise a family.

Visiting Grant County? My favorite place in Grant County is the Gardens of Matter Park. I love gardening and this to me is such a serene place to visit. It’s absolutely beautiful and they offer places to sit and read, work, or have a meeting. Being that my background is in Early Childhood Education, I have had the opportunity to take my summer camp kids there every summer to help plant a vegetable garden and learn all about gardening. They are so good with teaching the children and at the end of the summer they have a feast on the vegetables they were able to harvest. I also love the setting they have for weddings and events. Not to mention, I have seen groups provide yoga and meditation there in the grassy part of the garden.