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 6:00 PM. Meetings subject to current Covid-19 regulations.

Historical Events and Holidays

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 7 – Good Friday

April 9, 1817 – Carter Township settled by John James.

April 9 – Easter Sunday

April 12, 1841 – Maxville was surveyed.

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

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

April 22 – Earth Day

April 23, 1872 – Lincoln City platted by H. Sabin, agent for Henry Lewis and others.

April 24, 1860 – Mariah Hill surveyed.

April 25, 1846 – Fulda surveyed.

Historical Society Officers
President - Steve Sisley
Vice-President - Wayne Boultinghouse
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. A form is available on the links above. 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

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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