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

June 14, 1821 – Dennis Hanks marries Elizabeth Johnston.

June 14 – Flag Day

June 15, 1826 – Gentry's Store Post Office Established, Name changed to Gentryville - Gideon Romain First Postmaster

June 16, 1899 – Schley Post Office Established - Oscar Thomas First Postmaster

June 19, 1862 – Mariah Hill Post Office Established - Michael Staab First Postmaster

June 20, 1860 – Buffalo Post Office Established, Name changed to Buffaloville - William Bench First Postmaster

June 20, 1916 – Grigsby monument dedicated at Little Pigeon Cemetery. - Ruben Grigsby married Sarah Lincoln, Abe's sister.

June 21, 1954 – Burt Lancaster visits Lincoln Pioneer Village in preparation for the movie "The Gabriel Horn". - The name of the movie was later changed to "The Kentuckian".

June 25, 1876 – Dedication of St. Bernard's Church in Rockport.

June 25, 1807 – Luce Township settled by William Spencer.

June 27, 1862 – St. Meinrad Post Office Established - Rev. Isidore Hobi First Postmaster

June 28, 1897 – Marsden Post Office Established - William Smith First Postmaster

July 2, 1936 – Second dedication of expanded Lincoln Pioneer Village.

July 4 – Independence Day

July 4, 1935 – Lincoln Pioneer Village dedicated.

July 4, 1958 – Rockport JC's re-enact Lincoln's flatboat trip to New Orleans.

July 6, 1860 – Newtonville Post Office Established - George Totten First Postmaster

July 7, 1861 – Indiana 25th leaves lower landing in Rockport to engage in the Civil War.

July 7, 1837 – Rockport Weekly Gazette published by Thomas J. Langdon.

July 8, 1852 – New Boston Post Office Established - Thomas Phillips First Postmaster

July 8, 1850 – New Hope Post Office Established - William Harris First Postmaster

July 10, 1860 – Buffaloville Post Office Established, Name changed from Buffalo - William Bench First Postmaster

July 11, 1859 – Rockport Collegiate Institute cornerstone laid.

July 14, 1921 – New Spencer County Courthouse dedicated.

2021 - 2022 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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