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

May 12, 1854 – Grandview Post Office Established, Name changed to Grand View, Name changed to Grandview - Jacob Livengood First Postmaster

May 15, 1844 – Big Sandy Post Office Established - William Hammond First Postmaster

May 16, 1910 – Cotton Blossom showboat visits Rockport. - The play "The Gypsy Queen" was presented in the floating theatre.

May 17, 1866 – Mound Post Office Established - William Wood First Postmaster

May 18, 1875 – Cornerstone for St. Bernard's Church in Rockport was laid.

May 20, 1941 – Cornerstone of the Lincoln Memorial Building laid in Lincoln City.

May 21, 1856 – Santa Claus Post Office Established, Name changed to Santaclaus, Name changed to Santa Claus - John Blum First Postmaster

May 24, 1847 – Oakland Post Office Established - John Pinkston First Postmaster

May 31 – Memorial Day

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.

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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