Spencer County Historical Society
Where Abraham Lincoln Spent his Formative Years 1816 - 1830

Spencer County Public Library
210 Walnut Street
Rockport, IN 47635
Phone: 812-649-4866


Our meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month, as needed, at the Rockport Library at 6:00 PM. Meetings subject to current Covid-19 regulations.

Historical Events and Holidays

December 2, 1819 – Thomas Lincoln marries widow, Sarah Bush Johnston in Elizabethtown, KY. - Sarah (Sally) had three children.

December 4, 1886 – Hatfield Post Office Established - James Hatfield First Postmaster

December 7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 10, 1835 – Gentryville Post Office Established, Name changed from Jonesboro - William Jones First Postmaster

December 11, 1816 – Indiana, the land of the Indians, becomes the 19th state.

December 21 – First Day of Winter

December 24 – Christmas Eve

December 24, 1816 – Uriah Lamar appointed Territorial and County Tax Collector for the County of Perry (from which Spencer County was later formed).

December 25 – Christmas Day

December 25, 1935 – Huge statue of St. Nick dedicated at Santa Claus, Indiana.

December 30, 1881 – Huff Post Office Established - Anna Smith First Postmaster

December 31 – New Year's Eve

January 1, 1838 – During this month, the Rockport paper The Register was established by B. J. Barney.

January 1 – New Year's Day

2021 - 2022 Officers
President - Steve Sisley
Vice-President - Wayne Boultinghouse
Secretary/Treasurer - Patricia Dawson
Contact - Raymond Dawson, rdawson@psci.net

Membership Dues

Membership is open to all and dues are $20.00 per year per person from August 1 to July 31. Membership may be taken out at any time. A form is available on the links above. Mail your name, address, e-mail (not required) and research interest (if any) to:

Spencer County Historical Society
Spencer County Public Library
210 Walnut Street
Rockport, IN 47635-1398
Phone: 812-649-4866

Web Site Mission Statement

The mission of the Spencer County History web site is to provide current information to our patrons concerning the operation of the Spencer County Historical Society and the history of the South Spencer County School Corporation.

The Spencer County History web page is a creation of Raymond and Patricia Dawson with technical help from their son. It has not been officially sanctioned by the Spencer County Historical Society. It is an attempt to provide information to the public about the Society and to make available our research on the schools in the southern half of the county.


The Spencer County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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