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Historical Site – Lankford Cave

 
 
Historical Site – Lankford Cave Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 25, 2022
1. Historical Site – Lankford Cave Marker
Inscription.  At the age of 24, James Lankford (Langford) and his family left their home in Stokes County, North Carolina probably traveling through the Cumberland Gap across Daniel Boone's wilderness road, the most direct route from North Carolina to Indiana Territory. Tradition says when they came to the Ohio River they made their way downriver by boat until they reached present-day Rockport, Indiana. Beginning in 1808, the Lankford family lived in a small cave under the bluff overlooking the river. The front of the cave was protected by boughs and bark with animal skins stretched over the structure. Lankford made an opening in the top for smoke to exit. He purchased land in Grass Township, Spencer County and lived there until his death in 1849. He was a Methodist minister and helped establish the Tippecanoe Methodist Church of Grass Township which is now known as Bloomfield Wesley Chapel. History books refer to him as a well-respected member of the community.
 
Erected 2020 by Spencer County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion
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Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1808.
 
Location. 37° 52.879′ N, 87° 2.679′ W. Marker is in Rockport, Indiana, in Spencer County. Marker is on South 1st Street, 0.1 miles south of Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is at The Bluffs in Rocky Side Park. South 1st Street is one-way southbound. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockport IN 47635, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jan. 29, 1937 (within shouting distance of this marker); Mathias Sharp House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Visit Home (about 700 feet away); Spencer County, IN (about 800 feet away); Site of Rockport Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abraham Lincoln was a Guest in 1844 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Revolutionary War Honor Roll - Spencer County (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Rocky Beginning (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockport.
 
Lankford Cave Secondary Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 25, 2022
2. Lankford Cave Secondary Marker
Historical Site – Lankford Cave Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 25, 2022
3. Historical Site – Lankford Cave Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 4, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 239 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 4, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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