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.

There will be no meeting in April. Instead, there will be a free program presented by Craig Berndt on the railroads and traction line in Spencer County. It will be at 6:00 PM in the Rockport library on April 2. The public is invited.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 6:30 PM in the Genealogy Room of the Rockport Library.

Historical Events and Holidays

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 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 9, 1817 – Carter Township settled by John James.

April 12, 1841 – Maxville was surveyed.

April 14, Palm Sunday

April 16, 1829 – Reuben Grigsby, Jr. marries Elizabeth Ray.

April 18, 1882 – The first telephone line connecting Rockport to Evansville was completed. - The Evansville Telephone Co. placed the phone in the Veranda Hotel owned by Philip Eigenmann. It was a toll line.

April 19, Good Friday

April 19, 1882 – Huffman Post Office Established, (Huffman's Mills) - John Haskins First Postmaster

April 21, Easter Sunday

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

April 22, Earth Day

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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