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

April 21, 1902 – Rosetta Post Office Established - Elizabeth Cox First Postmaster

April 22 – Earth Day

April 23, 1872 – Lincoln City platted by H. Sabin, agent for Henry Lewis and others.

April 24, 1860 – Mariah Hill surveyed.

April 25, 1846 – Fulda surveyed.

April 26, 1843 – Dale (Elizabeth) surveyed by W. K. Jones and James Hammond.

April 28, 1888 – Lamar Post Office Established - Isaac Robertson First Postmaster

May 1, 1858 – During this month, Eureka was surveyed.

May 1, 1837 – Jonesboro Post Office Established, Name changed to Gentryville - William Jones First Postmaster

May 1 – May Day

May 4, 1811 – Meeks family tragedy. - Atha Meeks killed by Indians near Richland.

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo

May 6, 1807 – First Spencer County land purchase in Maxville area by Waller Taylor.

May 9, 1807 – Daniel Grass settled in Spencer County. - Daniel Grass makes second land purchase in Spencer County in the Rockport area.

May 9, 1823 – Rock Port Post Office Established, Name changed from Mount Duvall, Name changed to Rockport - Edmund Moore First Postmaster

May 12, 1854 – Grandview Post Office Established, Name changed to Grand View, Name changed to Grandview - Jacob Livengood First Postmaster

May 15, 1844 – Big Sandy Post Office Established - William Hammond First Postmaster

May 16, 1910 – Cotton Blossom showboat visits Rockport. - The play "The Gypsy Queen" was presented in the floating theatre.

May 17, 1866 – Mound Post Office Established - William Wood First Postmaster

May 18, 1875 – Cornerstone for St. Bernard's Church in Rockport was laid.

May 20, 1941 – Cornerstone of the Lincoln Memorial Building laid in Lincoln City.

Historical Society 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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