Aurora was laid out by Jesse L. Holman, trustee for the Aurora Association for Internal Improvements in 1819. Judge Holman was an early statesman, preacher, educator, and federal justice.
His son, U.S. Congressman William S. Holman served . . . — — Map (db m22105) HM
Ephraim Morrison Canoe at Aurora Landing
Capt. Marcus Colling
Frank Klopp Horse Powered until 1918 then built the Etta Belle
Van Landingham Etta Belle 1935 to 1936 . . . — — Map (db m201077) HM
At the mouth of Hogan Creek, a short distance from here, Samuel Morrison, first white child born in the countyMarch 1, 1798. He was a gifted historian, inventor and map-maker, and drew a number of early maps published for Indiana. — — Map (db m206646) HM
Oldest church building in Aurora
Built in 1848
First Evangelical United Church of Christ
(First German Evangelical Protestant Church)
has been placed on the
National Register of Historic Places
by the . . . — — Map (db m201091) HM
Originally called Forest Hill, Hillforest was completed in 1855 for local industrialist and steamboat owner Thomas Gaff and his family. Emigrants from Scotland in 1811, the six Gaff children moved with their mother to Aurora in the 1840s and . . . — — Map (db m22125) HM
Legend has it that a ferry has operated near this location close to the mouth of Hogan Creek since 1802. The early ferries were powered by two horses walking on treadmills connected to a paddle wheel. The relationship between the small town of . . . — — Map (db m66904) HM
On the bank of the Ohio near here, opposite the Eagle Hotel, Pinkney James
built the steamboat Clinton 1823-24. The launching July 4, 1824 occasioned a great celebration and firing of cannon. — — Map (db m172613) HM
Following the Panic of 1837, Philadelphia Distiller Thomas Gaff and his brothers James and John sought new opportunity in southern Indiana, where in 1843 they established T. & J.W. Gaff & Co. Distillery in Aurora, Indiana. Soon . . . — — Map (db m201095) HM
From atop the schoolhouse, built in 1905, my voice has rung out - beckoning boys and girls to school: clanged out the call for help to fight fires: peeled forth joyous tunes of victory at wars ends: tolled the old year out and rung in the new. . . . — — Map (db m45993) HM
The town was laid out by Mathias Whetstone in 1830, and named for General James Dill, soldier in the War of 1812, first county recorder, a member of the Indiana 1816 Constitutional Convention, military associate and friend of Generals William . . . — — Map (db m45884) HM
On July 13, 1863, General Morgan's raiders looted a tavern in this Community. The Irish-born and agitated proprietor, James Murtaugh, protested, but without any luck. The tavern was an Inn with a dance hall on the second floor, which could be . . . — — Map (db m86240) HM
Second Oldest Roman Catholic Church in Indiana. Established 1824. Original log meeting house replaced by frame church in 1842. First brick edifice erected 1847. Present church dedicated October 19, 1879. — — Map (db m86237) HM
Side 1 Veterans of the Revolution buried here include Capt. Joseph Hayes, Lt. Solomon Hayes, and Thomas Miller, Sr. (PA), and Alexander Guard (NJ).
These patriots were among the first pioneers in the Northwest Territory. The Guard family . . . — — Map (db m149372) HM
Original Design by Archibald M. Kennedy and Sons
Additional Structural Supports added in the early 1900s to sustain heavier loads produced by Guilford's rail commerce
Moved from Yorkridge Rd to park in 1960
Damaged by . . . — — Map (db m87947) HM
Captain Samuel C. Vance
Our Founder Plaque Two
In memory of Captain Vance and the pioneer families who endured the hardships of flatboat travel to reach this place in the wilderness.
They lived in log cabins . . . — — Map (db m20604) HM
Formed by proclamation of Indiana Territorial Governor William Henry Harrison March 7, 1803. Named in honor of Major General Henry Dearborn, Secretary of War.
The third county to be formed, it was originally much larger. Its present boundaries . . . — — Map (db m22103) HM
In Grateful remembrance of the boys of Dearborn County who gave their lives in the World War 1917 - 1918.
Erected by the Citizens of Dearborn County, Indiana
Walter Ahrens Henry Fred Amm Elmer Andrews Hobart S. . . . — — Map (db m22203) WM
Elijah Anderson was an African-American
blacksmith who lived and worked in
Lawrenceburg from 1850 to 1854.
He once told a friend that he had helped
at least 1000 slaves escape to freedom
in all sorts of weather.
Anderson left Lawrenceburg . . . — — Map (db m206618) HM
Born in Lawrenceburg, became a famous engineer who built the Eads Bridge arched over the Mississippi at St. Louis and jetties at New Orleans. During the Civil War President Lincoln commissioned him to design and build ironclad gunboats for the Union . . . — — Map (db m66910) HM
Birthplace of two Indiana Governors. Albert Gallatin Porter, eighteenth Governor (1881-1885), born here April 20, 1824, died Indianapolis, May 3, 1897; and Winfield Taylor Durbin, twenty-fourth Governor (1901-1905), born here May 4, 1847, died . . . — — Map (db m66907) HM
1802 - - Village of Lawrenceburgh founded in the Wilderness by Capt. Samuel C. Vance
Commerce and travel are via the Ohio River. Pioneers
constructed flatboats to carry goods to New Orleans
Markets. The “Kaintucks” . . . — — Map (db m22029) HM
Dr. George F. Smith came to Lawrenceburg in 1905 and opened his own practice in this home. Locals consider his home to be Lawrenceburg's first hospital. The Federal style home was built in 1857.
Lawrenceburg Heritage Plaque Program
a . . . — — Map (db m187435) HM
Medal of Honor Citations
Name - Awarded
Pvt. William Shepherd - May 3, 1865
Pvt. Frank Stolz - July 9, 1894
Pvt. David H. Helms - July 26, 1894
Pvt. Thomas A. Blasdel - August 11, 1894
Pvt. . . . — — Map (db m22171) HM
The Regular Baptist Church of Lawrenceburg was the city's first Baptist congregation. The congregation organized in 1807 and met in various locations around the area. In 1846, this church was built in the Gothic Revival style. The building was . . . — — Map (db m187438) HM
- - -( Center Section )- - -
( Center - Memorial )
+ + + THE PRICE OF FREEDOM + + +
Dedicated in Honor of All men and women
who have served in the Armed Forces and
Sacrificed Unselfishly for the Freedom of
the United States of . . . — — Map (db m22301) WM
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, . . . — — Map (db m66906) HM
Early fine quality Federal style home of Samuel Vance, built 1818. Military associate and friend of William Henry Harrison. Vance founded Lawrenceburg in 1802. River Boats landed on the grounds, and guests reached the mansion through an avenue of . . . — — Map (db m200326) HM
In Memory of our Vietnam Veterans Killed in Action
Vietnam War 1959 - 1975
Dedicated July 4, 2000
Lary Dale Fogle U.S. Army PFC - - Killed in Action December 20, 1965 - Saigon, South Vietnam
Thomas George Denning U.S.M.C. LCPL . . . — — Map (db m22037) HM
In God We Trust
In Grateful remembrance of the men of Dearborn County who gave their lives in the Vietnam War, erected by the Citizens of Dearborn County, Indiana.
Honor Roll, first column:
William Omer Burkett Thomas Denning . . . — — Map (db m22202) WM
c. 1820 Before the levee was built, Elm Row continued down the river to the city wharf now under water.
1836 Indiana appropriates $1,400,000 to begin construction on Whitewater Canal linking the National Rd to Ohio River.
1837 . . . — — Map (db m187437) HM
General Morgan and his raiders struck New Alsace on Monday, July 13, 1863. Here at St. Paul Church, Father Roman Weinzapfel was celebrating Mass at 8:30 a.m. when the Raiders stole his horses. Today, the church appears much as it did in 1863. Across . . . — — Map (db m100078) HM
The Whitewater Canal and the Cincinnati and Whitewater Canal joined in Harrison to provide better access to Cincinnati markets and Ohio River. Indiana Internal Improvement Act 1836 authorized Whitewater Canal; completed from . . . — — Map (db m66869) HM
July 8, 1863. Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and 2,000 cavalrymen crossed the Ohio River into Indiana. They were transported from Brandenburg, Kentucky, on two captured steamboats. For six days, the Raiders rode through Southern . . . — — Map (db m66873) HM
During the afternoon of July 13, 1863, General John Hunt Morgan crossed the Whitewater River a few hundred yards north of this point. His exhausted men were strung out behind him, but managed to burn the wooden bridge once the straggling ranks were . . . — — Map (db m66875) HM
By July 1863, the American Civil War had entered its third brutal summer. In the East, Confederate forces commanded by Robert E. Lee successfully turned back repeated Union attempts to capture the Southern capital at Richmond. General Lee even . . . — — Map (db m66872) HM