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.

Meetings have been cancelled until further notice.

Historical Events and Holidays

June 3, 1918 – John O. Jenkins, first Spencer County soldier killed in France during WWI.

June 6, 1818 – Rockport surveyed by James Johnson. - Land donated by W. R. Griffith, Isaac Wright, and W. R. Hynes by Daniel Grass, his agent.

June 6, 1818 – The first post office opened at the place called Mt. Duvall (now Rockport). - John Morgan became postmaster.

June 7, 1823 – Thomas Lincoln, by letter, united with the Baptist Church at Little Pigeon.

June 12, 1806 – Thomas Lincoln marries Nancy Hanks near Springfield, Ky.

June 14, 1821 – Dennis Hanks marries Elizabeth Johnston.

June 14, Flag Day

June 15, 1826 – Gentry's Store Post Office Established, Name changed to Gentryville - Gideon Romain First Postmaster

June 16, 1899 – Schley Post Office Established - Oscar Thomas First Postmaster

June 19, 1862 – Mariah Hill Post Office Established - Michael Staab First Postmaster

June 20, 1860 – Buffalo Post Office Established, Name changed to Buffaloville - William Bench First Postmaster

June 20, First Day of Summer

June 20, 1916 – Grigsby monument dedicated at Little Pigeon Cemetery. - Ruben Grigsby married Sarah Lincoln, Abe's sister.

June 21, 1954 – Burt Lancaster visits Lincoln Pioneer Village in preparation for the movie "The Gabriel Horn". - The name of the movie was later changed to "The Kentuckian".

June 21, Father's Day

June 25, 1876 – Dedication of St. Bernard's Church in Rockport.

June 25, 1807 – Luce Township settled by William Spencer.

June 27, 1862 – St. Meinrad Post Office Established - Rev. Isidore Hobi First Postmaster

June 28, 1897 – Marsden Post Office Established - William Smith First Postmaster

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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