I think we'll be homeschooling, In. looks so far to be very supportive of hs.
Is the area fairly liberal, conservative?
I went to Earlham (the Quaker college mentioned upthread). Back then, there was a a pretty big town/gown split (real or perceived). Earlham is an intellectual, liberal hub. There are lectures, concerts, speakers, plays, etc going on all the time, all open to the community. So you would have ample opportunity for that sort of thing. Richmond is like a big small town with not a lot going on.
However. If you are going for grad school (Earlham School of Religion?) then I would imagine that you will get plugged in to a whole community of grad school families, who will probably be like-minded. The EC campus is nice and green. Not too far away is the Conner Prairie living museum (a farm you can visit).
Not exciting, but I wouldn't consider it the worst place in the world to spend a few years.
Your right town is gown o well
Michael East sider
I went there as well and this tradition seems to have bit the dust, I think probably when they switched over from trimesters to semesters. Now May Day is in the middle of or immediately before exams.
I wonder if the OP ever ended up moving to Richmond? I know this is an old thread. I've noticed that small towns with little colleges don't tend to have that "college town" vibe--to have that, you really need to have a big enough college that a large % of people in town are involved with it.