Orleans in Orange County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Orleans Congress Square
Orleans was platted March 11, 1815. This town square, called Congress Square, was part of the plat. Orleans Academy was built here 1866, in operation by 1867. In 1870s, the Academy was purchased, and its building was made part of the public schools. The building remained in use until razed October 7, 1963. After 1963, a park was built here.
Orleans Town Park was rededicated June 7, 2001 as part of a downtown revitalization. The restored bandstand nearby was built in 1926. As in many other towns and cities, Congress Square has been the center of educational, social, political, and business activity, creating a strong sense of community throughout Orleans' history.
Erected 2004 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Town of Orleans. (Marker Number 59.2004.1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Entertainment • Government & Politics Landmarks • Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 11, 1820.
Location. 38° 39.72′ N, 86° 27.184′ W. Marker is in Orleans, Indiana, in Orange County. Marker is on South Maple Street south of West Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling south. located in the "old" Town Square of Orleans, Indiana. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orleans IN 47452, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Orleans School Bell (here, next to this marker); Orleans War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Orleans Area War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Orleans Public Library (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Freeman Corner (approx. one mile away); Freeman's Corner (approx. one mile away); Astronaut Virgil I. (Gus) Grissom Boyhood Home (approx. 4.8 miles away); Space Age Sweetgum Tree (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orleans.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,309 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. submitted on August 31, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.