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, September 3, 2019, at 6:30 PM in the Genealogy Room of the Rockport Library.

Historical Events and Holidays

August 30, 1916 – First formal meeting of Spencer County Historical Society.

September 1, 1863 – During this month, the Rockport Collegiate Institute opens.

September 2, Labor Day

September 3, 1883 – Chrisney Post Office Established, Name changed from Spring - George McCoy First Postmaster

September 3, 1833 – Spencer County Courthouse burned down.

September 6, 1872 – Grandview incorporated.

September 8, Grandparents' Day

September 12, 1865 – William Herndon interviews citizens of Spencer County about Lincoln.

September 13, 1847 – French Island (Taylorsport) Post Office Established - Lewis Richardson First Postmaster

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.

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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