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 6:30 PM. Meetings subject to current Covid-19 regulations.

Historical Events and Holidays

March 5, 1838 – Spencer County's third courthouse is dedicated.

March 10, 1811 – First land was entered in Huff Township by Samuel Lamar.

March 11, 1818 – Rockport surveyed.

March 12, 1830 – Luceville Post Office Established - Benjamin Luce First Postmaster

March 13, 1888 – Madrid Post Office Established - Waldo Eichling First Postmaster

March 14 – Daylight Saving Time Begins - Set clock ahead one hour.

March 16, 1901 – Pedigo Post Office Established - John Jacobs, Jr. First Postmaster

March 17 – St. Patrick's Day

March 20 – First Day of Spring

March 21, 1854 – The Monastery of St. Meinrad was solemnly opened.

March 24, 1852 – Enterprise Post Office Established - George Young First Postmaster

March 24, 1855 – The first issue of The Democrat newspaper was published by Royal S. Hicks, the first editor.

March 25, 1892 – Lincoln City Post Office Established, Name changed from Kercheval - Isaac Houghland First Postmaster

March 27, 1774 – Daniel Grass, the founder of Rockport, was born.

March 27, 1891 – Evanston Post Office Established - Benjamin Jordan First Postmaster

March 28 – Palm Sunday

March 29, 1921 – Richland Post Office Established, Name changed from Lake. - Charles Abshire First Postmaster

April 1 – April Fool's Day

April 1, 1861 – During this month, Lake (Richland City), was surveyed.

April 1, 1818 – Jackson Township settled by William Stark.

April 2 – Good Friday

April 4 – Easter Sunday

2020 - 2021 Officers
President - Steve Sisley
Vice-President - Duane Walter
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. 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

Membership Form in PDF format.

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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