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Lawrenceburg in Dearborn County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Spirits of Lawrenceburg

 
 
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By Duane Hall, May 21, 2013
1. The Spirits of Lawrenceburg Marker
Inscription. Army Captain Samuel Colville Vance was a surveyor for the United States government living in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1802 he purchased all the land comprising the original town of "Lawrenceburgh." At that time the land was part of Hamilton County, Ohio. Soon, settlers made their homes near the Ohio River and surrounding creeks. Like many Ohio River towns, Lawrenceburg's economy centered on the Ohio River, and the shipping and related industries it enabled. But some unusual industries thrived. In the 1800s, cigars were made here, and were considered some of the finest in the world. Lawrenceburg had buggy manufacturers as well. An early automobile, the James Model A Roadster was produced here in 1909.

Distilleries were found in the Lawrenceburg area as early as 1809. By the end of 1855, Lawrenceburg was home to Hobbs Distillery, John H. Gaff & Son, N.J. Walsh Distillery, Nicholas Oester, Frederick Rodenburg & Co. and John B. Garnier Brewery. Purchased in 1933 from the Rossville Distillery Company, the Seagram's plant is a reminder of the distillery days of old Lawrenceburg.

Visitors can see Captain Vance's spectacular West High Street home which he built in 1818. Known as the Vance-Tousey House, it is considered one of Indiana's finest examples of Federal architecture, and is listed in the National Register of Historic
The Spirits of Lawrenceburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 21, 2013
2. The Spirits of Lawrenceburg Marker
At the southwest corner of Lawrenceburg Newtown Park
Places. It is now the home of The Dearborn County Historical Society and open to the public.


By the Way: Captain Vance named the town Lawrenceburgh after his wife's maiden name, Lawrence.
 
Location. 39° 5.709′ N, 84° 51.472′ W. Marker is in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, in Dearborn County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street and Main Street, on the right when traveling west on 2nd Street. Click for map. Marker is located in Lawrenceburg Newtown Park fronting 2nd Street. Marker is in this post office area: Lawrenceburg IN 47025, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Buchanan Eads (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lawrenceburg (about 300 feet away); The Price of Freedom (approx. half a mile away); Medal of Honor Citations (approx. half a mile away); Dearborn County World War II War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Dearborn County American Revolution War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Dearborn County (approx. half a mile away); Dearborn County Korean War Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Lawrenceburg.
 
More about this marker. Marker is part of the Ohio River Scenic Byway series.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 385 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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