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.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at 6:30 PM in the Genealogy Room of the Rockport Library.

Note: Wednesday, October 23, 2019. There will be a free presentation by William Bartelt and Joshua Claybourn on their book, "Abe's Youth." It will be at 6:00 PM at the Spencer County Community Center in Chrisney, Indiana. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Note: The December dinner meeting will be Wednesday, December 4 at The Rustic in Rockport. Each person will be ordering from the menu beginning at 6:00 PM and be responsible for their meal. The Historian of the Year program will be at this meeting.

Historical Events and Holidays

September 19, 1818 – Harrison Township settled by Daniel Fry.

September 22, Emancipation Day - African-Americans celebrated Lincoln's signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in Rockport with a parade, speakers and barbecue.

September 23, First Day of Autumn

September 25, 1807 – William Spencer entered from the government a tract of land in Luce Township.

September 26, 1851 – Grandview surveyed by Samuel Hammond and Alfred Lamar.

September 28, 1818 – New Market Post Office Established - Samuel Hammond First Postmaster

October 5, 1818 – Nancy Hanks Lincoln dies of milk sickness.

October 6, 1818 – Grass Township settled by Samuel Brown.

October 11, 1811 – Ezekiel Ray entered a tract of land in Hammond Township.

October 14, Columbus Day

October 15, 1817 – Thomas Lincoln entered payments on Spencer County farm in Vincennes.

October 16, 2002 – William H. Natcher Bridge dedicated.

2018 - 2019 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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