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, February 4, 2020, at 6:30 PM in the Genealogy Room of the Rockport Library.

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

November 13, 1835 – County Seminary School built in Rockport. - This is not the 1867 Hosea Merithew Seminary School on Seminary Street.

November 17, 1920 – Eureka school, built in 1904, burns.

November 28, 1882 – Spring Post Office Established, Name changed from Spring Station, Name changed to Chrisney - George McCoy First Postmaster

November 28, 1879 – Studebaker memorial to Nancy Hanks Lincoln erected.

November 28, Thanksgiving Day

December 1, 1828 – During this month, Abe and Allen Gentry depart from Rockport in a flatboat to New Orleans. - They were transporting local goods to sell.

December 1, 1854 – During this month, Gentryville was surveyed.

December 1, 1816 – During this month, Thomas Lincoln moves his family from Kentucky to Indiana.

December 1, 1884 – Star Mill Post Office Established - William Howard First Postmaster

December 2, 1819 – Thomas Lincoln marries widow, Sarah Bush Johnston in Elizabethtown, KY. - Sarah (Sally) had three children.

December 4, 1886 – Hatfield Post Office Established - James Hatfield First Postmaster

December 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 10, 1835 – Gentryville Post Office Established, Name changed from Jonesboro - William Jones First Postmaster

December 11, 1816 – Indiana, the land of the Indians, becomes the 19th state.

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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