In 1822 a tract of land which included the area now understood as Plainfield was obtained by Jeremiah Hadley of Preble County, Ohio. 10 years later on he marketed it to his child, Elias Hadley. Levi Jessup, as well as Elias Hadley, outlined the town in 1839. Plainfield was included as a town in 1839. The community got its name from the very early Friends (Quakers) who resolved around the area and developed several meetinghouses throughout the region, including the essential Western Yearly Meeting of Friends in Plainfield. The Friends were “simple” individuals, as well as hence the name “Plainfield”. The secondary school remains to honor the Quakers, using the name for the school’s mascot.

Plainfield has long been connected with the National Road, U.S. Route 40, which experiences community as Main Street. One event which brought Plainfield national interest happened in 1842 when previous President Martin Van Buren was splashed intentionally from his stagecoach into the thick mud of the freeway. The practical joke came as a result of Van Buren’s banning costs from Congress to improve the highway, a move that angered Western inhabitants. When Van Buren came with Plainfield on a swing to fortify his popularity for the 1844 election, a team of criminals established the case. The elm tree whose source the president’s carriage to topple came to be referred to as the Van Buren Elm. An elementary institution near this site is called Van Buren Elementary School.

In the 1980s Plainfield ended up being the head office of the Islamic Society of North America.

The Hendricks County Bridge Number 316, Plainfield Historic District, and also THI as well as E Interurban Depot-Substation are noted on the National Register of Historic Places.

Plainfield lies in the Central Till Plains region of the United States. There are few moderately sized hillsides, as well as a mix of deciduous forests and pasture covers a lot of the location within the community limits. White Lick Creek, a tributary of the White River, streams north to southern via the western side of Plainfield. On the eastern side of town, Clark’s Creek, a tributary of White Lick Creek, streams towards the south.

UNITED STATE Route 40, additionally called the Historic National Road and the Cumberland Road passes via the middle of Plainfield as well as is the major arterial path running east to west in the community. It leads northeast 14 miles (23 kilometers) to midtown Indianapolis and also southwest 57 miles (92 km) to Terre Haute. From north to south, State Road 267 connects Plainfield to the surrounding towns of Avon and Mooresville, and it supplies access to Interstate 70, concerning 3 miles (5 km) south of US-40. Plainfield’s historical community facility is situated around the crossway of U.S. Route 40 and also Center Street additionally called Old State Highway 267.

Indianapolis International Airport surrounds the east side of Plainfield, in Marion County.

” The Shops at Perry Crossing” is a 600,000-square-foot (56,000 m2) open-air retail mall. It opened in October 2005 as well as was bought in February 2014 by Poag Shopping Centers, which presently operates the mall. The shopping center obtained an $11.1 million remodeling as well as a rebranding project to rejuvenate the shopping mall; the task concluded in November 2015.

Plainfield’s public education system is run by the Plainfield Community School Corporation. The schools under this body include:

Brentwood Elementary School
Central Elementary School
Van Buren Elementary School
Clarks Creek Elementary School
Plainfield Community Middle School
Plainfield High School (Indiana).

The Plainfield Community School Corporation is the only public school system in Indiana to have all of its institutions receive a 4-star score for two successive years. In 2009, a brand-new High School was constructed. The former High School came to be the Middle School, and also the former intermediate school structure was transformed right into “Clarks Creek Elementary”, an upper primary school for grades 4-5. However, since 2012– 2013 college year, the company changed this setup to a High School (9-12), Middle School(6-8), and four K-5 primary institutions.