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

February 27, 1816 – Uriah Lamar was the first commissioned Justice of the Peace of Spencer County.

March 1, 1858 – During this month, French Island City was surveyed.

March 1, 1865 – During this month, Newtonville was surveyed.

March 1, 1830 – The extended Lincoln Family leaves Spencer County for Illinois.

March 5, 1838 – Spencer County's third courthouse is dedicated.

March 10, 1811 – First land was entered in Huff Township by Samuel Lamar.

March 11, 1818 – Rockport surveyed.

March 12, 1830 – Luceville Post Office Established - Benjamin Luce First Postmaster

March 13, 1888 – Madrid Post Office Established - Waldo Eichling First Postmaster

March 16, 1901 – Pedigo Post Office Established - John Jacobs, Jr. First Postmaster

March 17 – St. Patrick's Day

March 21, 1854 – The Monastery of St. Meinrad was solemnly opened.

March 24, 1852 – Enterprise Post Office Established - George Young First Postmaster

March 24, 1855 – The first issue of The Democrat newspaper was published by Royal S. Hicks, the first editor.

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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