The Renwick community was developed by WS Homes, a real estate developer in Bloomington, Indiana. Renwick is named for
Renwick Cargill Smith, a Union Civil War officer, builder/contractor, limestone businessman, and City Marshall. His father, Thomas Smith, moved to Monroe County from South Carolina in 1826. He and his wife Jane were deeply opposed to slavery and were active in the Underground Railroad. Smith Farm passed down through the family and eventually became the Ramsey Farm.
In 2003, Wininger/Stolberg Group purchased Ramsey Farm from Charles Hugh Ramsey, trustee of the Gail Glenn Ramsey estate. In Charles’ own words:
“This land represents an important family legacy of struggle, commitment, and joy during the six generations of Smith/Ramsey family ownership. It was imperative to us, the current generation, to strive to honor the past generations that worked the land, worshipped their Lord, cared for the ill, educated students, and enjoyed the beauty of this area. We feel the land is now in the hands of an organization who shares our vision of development that will honor that legacy.”