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Rockport in Spencer County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

A Visit Home

 
 
A Visit Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
1. A Visit Home Marker
Inscription.  In October, 1844 Abraham Lincoln saddled up his horse and set out from Springfield, Illinois, for a trip back to his boyhood home in Spencer County, Indiana. It had been 14 years since he had left, and his term as a state legislator was over. He was an elector for Henry Clay, who was running against Democratic nominee James K. Polk. Incumbent President John Tyler failed to receive the nomination of his party, The Whigs. Lincoln’s mission was to campaign for Clay, making speeches throughout the area. After several weeks of campaigning, visiting his mother’s grave and seeing old acquaintances, he delivered his campaign speech at the Rockport Courthouse on Oct. 30, 1844. He left town the next day, but later wrote a poem about returning to his boyhood home in Indiana.

[ Excerpts of the Poem by: Abraham Lincoln ]

“My childhood’s home I see again,
and sadden with the view;
And still as memory crowds my brain,
There’s pleasure in it to. . .
“Near twenty years have passed away,
Since here I bid farewell
To woods and fields, and scenes of play
And playmates loved so well;”

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Text Section - - A Visit Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
2. Text Section - - A Visit Home Marker
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An observer of Lincoln’s courthouse speech noted: “. . .He was so gangling, tall and awkward. He had on a brownish suit and an old fashioned cap. Of course, he hadn’t gotten famous then but attracted attention.”

 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1844.
 
Location. 37° 52.979′ N, 87° 2.77′ W. Marker is in Rockport, Indiana, in Spencer County. Marker is at the intersection of South 2nd Street and Main Street, on the left when traveling north on South 2nd Street. Located on the North/East lawn of the Spencer County Courthouse in Rockport, Indiana. 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 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abraham Lincoln was a Guest in 1844 (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Rockport Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary War Honor Roll - Spencer County (within shouting distance of this marker); A Rocky Beginning (approx. 0.3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.3 miles away); Vietnam Honor Roll (approx. 0.7 miles away); Uncle Tom Lived Here
Lincoln's Poem Excerpts - - A Visit Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
3. Lincoln's Poem Excerpts - - A Visit Home Marker
(approx. 4.7 miles away in Kentucky); Hawes Family Cemetery (approx. 4.9 miles away in Kentucky). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockport.
 
Marker Photo - - "Abraham Lincoln" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
4. Marker Photo - - "Abraham Lincoln"
Marker Photo - - "Rockport Courthouse" - <br>Lincoln Era image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
5. Marker Photo - - "Rockport Courthouse" -
Lincoln Era
Wide View - - A Visit Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
6. Wide View - - A Visit Home Marker
North/East Corner - - Spencer County Courthouse - - Rockport, Indiana image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
7. North/East Corner - - Spencer County Courthouse - - Rockport, Indiana
/\ - - - The marker can be seen to the extreme left in this photo.
South/East Corner - - Spencer County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
8. South/East Corner - - Spencer County Courthouse
North/West Corner - - Spencer County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
9. North/West Corner - - Spencer County Courthouse
Cornerstone from Spencer County Infirmary - - "1917 John F. Pyle" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
10. Cornerstone from Spencer County Infirmary - - "1917 John F. Pyle"
The Cornerstone is a few steps away from the "A Visit Home" marker.
Tree Marker - - (Original) Sugar Tree planted 1897 by J. H. Parker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
11. Tree Marker - - (Original) Sugar Tree planted 1897 by J. H. Parker
This tree marker is located on the North/West lawn corner of the Spencer County Courthouse by the Parrot Rifle (Cannon).
Parrot Rifle (Commonly called a Cannon) image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
12. Parrot Rifle (Commonly called a Cannon)
Replanted Tree - Replacing a Sugar Tree originally planted in 1897 image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
13. Replanted Tree - Replacing a Sugar Tree originally planted in 1897
Muzzle of 1863 Parrot Rifle image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, September 18, 2011
14. Muzzle of 1863 Parrot Rifle
A bit difficult to read, but looks like this Parrot Rifle was: made in 1863 at the "West Point Foundry", weighed 4,175 lbs., with a 4.2 inch. bore, and is #200.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 26, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 423 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on September 26, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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