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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Franklin County, Indiana

Clickable Map of Franklin County, Indiana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Franklin County, IN (63) Dearborn County, IN (80) Decatur County, IN (22) Fayette County, IN (19) Ripley County, IN (35) Rush County, IN (25) Union County, IN (11) Butler County, OH (124) Hamilton County, OH (329)  FranklinCounty(63) Franklin County (63)  DearbornCounty(80) Dearborn County (80)  DecaturCounty(22) Decatur County (22)  FayetteCounty(19) Fayette County (19)  RipleyCounty(35) Ripley County (35)  RushCounty(25) Rush County (25)  UnionCounty(11) Union County (11)  ButlerCountyOhio(124) Butler County (124)  HamiltonCounty(329) Hamilton County (329)
Brookville is the county seat for Franklin County
Adjacent to Franklin County, Indiana
      Dearborn County (80)  
      Decatur County (22)  
      Fayette County (19)  
      Ripley County (35)  
      Rush County (25)  
      Union County (11)  
      Butler County, Ohio (124)  
      Hamilton County, Ohio (329)  
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1 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — Abram HammondMar. 21, 1814 - Aug. 27, 1874
Governor of Indiana, 1860 - - 1861. Lived on this site as a boy in the “old Yellow Tavern” part of which was a blockhouse erected 1808.Map (db m44705) HM
2 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — Brookville College
Site of Brookville College erected 1852 - - 1872. “Julia Dumont Society” founded here December 16th 1853. Original building purchased by Brookville and served as Public School 1873 - - 1912. Building razed 1912 and present . . . Map (db m44698) HM
3 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — 24.1992.1 — Brookville Historic District
Platted 1808 along Whitewater River, Brookville was an important entry point to interior lands opened to settlement. The district's concentration of well-preserved buildings reflects the city's continued prosperity. Brookville Historic District . . . Map (db m44697) HM
4 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — Brookville Lake
Did sightseeing, boating or fishing lure you to the park today? This large reservoir offers nine boat ramps, four marinas and two State Recreation Areas, plus campgrounds, beaches, picnic areas, playgrounds, hiking trails and fishing access for . . . Map (db m160991) HM
5 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — 24.1966.1 — Brookville, Franklin County — ( Platted 1808 ) —
. . . Map (db m44695) HM
6 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — 24.1995.2 — Brookville's Carnegie Library
Dedicated in 1912, starting with approximately 600 books; collections and services have expanded to meet needs of local patrons. One of 1, 679 libraries built in U.S. with funds from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Indiana built more Carnegie . . . Map (db m44694) HM
7 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — 24.2002.1 — Brookville's Grandstand
Side one This grandstand built 1922 to seat 1, 000 and serve fans of new Brookville semi-pro team. Twenty box seats included to help pay for construction. Central platform included for community activities. Facility later used for youth . . . Map (db m44693) HM
8 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — David Stoops - Pioneer 1770-1854
Arrived here in 1805 in company with Amos Butler. Landgrant for 160 acres at this site 1811. Acquired another 150 acres in 1817. Large cabin stood just south of this cemetery. During his first year, he cleared 11 acres of virgin forest, . . . Map (db m199794) HM
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9 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — Franklin County War Memorial
( Plaque ) The original monument on this site was erected by the Grand Army of The Republic and bore the following inscription: “I am dying, but I die for my Country” Gen. P. A. Hackleman was the only General from Indiana . . . Map (db m44901) WM
10 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — Goodwin Home
Built by John D. Howland circa 1856~1857. Later owned and occupied by John H. Farquhar, Merchant, Member of Congress; Aaron C. Miller, Merchant; John C. Hitt, Banker; Dr. John R. Goodwin, Banker, Civil War Surgeon, Paymaster in the Department of the . . . Map (db m94158) HM
11 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — 24.1995.3 — Intersection of Treaty Lines
One mile south is intersection of western boundary line of Treaty of Greenville, Ohio (1795) and Treaty of Grouseland, near Vincennes (1805), northeastern boundary line. By these treaties, Native American tribes ceded land to the United States . . . Map (db m66866) HM
12 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — James Brown RayFeb. 19, 1794 ~ Aug. 4, 1848
Governor of Indiana, 1825 ~ 1831. Erected this house circa 1821 ~ 1822. Palladian window and transom fan~light considered "too aristocratic" by early Hoosiers.Map (db m94157) HM
13 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — 24.1949.1 — Little Cedar Grove Baptist Church
Built in 1812, this is the oldest church building still on its original location in the state. Interior shows rifle openings in walls, a balcony and raised pulpit. Burial plot adjoins church.Map (db m44920) HM
14 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — Old Brookville Church and Cemetery
First permanent Church in Brookville was built by Methodists 1820. It was occupied by Methodists 1821 - 1839 Presbyterians 1839 - 1855 Lutherans 1855 - 1922 Baptists since 1953 Many Brookville early . . . Map (db m44699) HM
15 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — 24.1995.1 — Old Franklin United Brethren Church
United Brethren among earliest settlers in eastern Indiana during territorial period. Original structure, built 1831, one of first United Brethren churches in Indiana. Evangelical United Brethren Church joined Methodist Church to become United . . . Map (db m66867) HM
16 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — The Courthouse Square
. . . Map (db m44703) HM
17 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — The Hermitage
J. Ottis Adams and T. C. Steele, Indiana artists came to Brookville in 1898 and selected this site on which to erect their studios which they called "The Hermitage". It was home for an art colony for several years, where artists, J. Ottis Adams. . . . Map (db m173993) HM
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18 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville — The Purple Heart — Honor and Memory of All Veterans —
Dedicated to those who have received or will receive our Nations Oldest Decoration the Purple Heart In honor and memory of all veterans who served and died for Freedom. Let them not be forgotten for they have shown the World . . . Map (db m44692) WM
19 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville, Brookville Township — Franklin County SeminaryErected 1829-1830
Purchased by Town of Brookville in 1863. Used for school purposes both public and private until 1873. John Tarkington, father of Booth Tarkington, distinguished Indiana author, attended school here.Map (db m222207) HM
20 Indiana, Franklin County, Brookville, Brookville Township — James Maurice Thompson Birthplace
This memorial marks the birthplace of James Maurice Thompson Indiana author 1844 1901Map (db m222209) HM
21 Indiana, Franklin County, Laurel — 24.2006.1 — Brigadier General CSA Francis Asbury Shoup
(Front Side) Remembered for service in Confederate States of America army, 1861-1865, and "Shoupade" fortification design; fought in battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Atlanta. Advocated recruitment of African Americans for CSA army. . . . Map (db m66860) HM
22 Indiana, Franklin County, Laurel — 24.1965.1 — Whetzel Trace (1818-1823)
Here Edward Toner founded SOMERSET, 1816, & operated Toner's Tavern, 1816-1823, from which rallying point pioneers started west on Jacob Whetzel's Trace to the "New Purchase" of Central Indiana.Map (db m66859) HM
23 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Ben Franklin III
The Ben Franklin III, launched in 1989, was designed and constructed in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Designed as a freighter, the vessel is 75’ long and has a beam (or width) of 12’. Constructed of wood and fiberglass, it holds approximately 75 . . . Map (db m164451) HM
24 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Blacksmith Shop And Cottage
Theodore N. Thorpe, wife and seven blacksmith sons settled in Metamora, in 1858, attaching a cottage to the rear of the blacksmith shop, to live in. He and his family left Pennsylvania to go to the California gold fields, but never got any . . . Map (db m159970) HM
25 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Boundary HillThe Greenville Treaty Line in Southern Indiana — Marking the “Gore” at the Whitewater Canal —
This is the point on the line established by the Treaty of Greenville, August 8, 1795, between General Anthony Wayne and the Indian tribes of the Northwest Territory. This treaty opened southern Ohio and eastern Indiana to white settlement.Map (db m79692) HM
26 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Canal Front Dry Goods Store
Two story frame of Federal style. Built by Jonathan Banes in 1848. First known as the firm of Jenks Banes & Calvin Jones. Harry & Alvin Blacklidge 1852-57 Mahlon & Milton Gordon 1857-92 Wm. N. Gordon started banking business in . . . Map (db m44796) HM
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27 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Christian Thorpe House
Christian Thorpe built this home in 1888 for his wife Sophia. Having left the Smithy he opened a hardware and implement store, with Nick Williams as a partner. They next opened an embalming and funeral parlor, the result of taking a . . . Map (db m160192) HM
28 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Duck Creek Aqueduct
An aqueduct is a bridge carrying one body of water over another. The Duck Creek Aqueduct was originally built in 1843 to convey the canal over Duck Creek 16 feet below. Flood waters in 1847 destroyed the aqueduct, which was soon replaced by the . . . Map (db m55560) HM
29 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Farmers Bank
WN. Gordon chartered as a private bank the Farmers Bank in 1910 operating out of Gordon Hall. Henry Lennard was a partner and cashier in 1923. This free standing building was built to house the Farmers Bank. the original safe still stands . . . Map (db m159963) HM
30 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Gordon's or Millville Lock #24
Gordon's, or Millville Lock #24, was one of the 56 locks on the Whitewater Canal constructed to accommodate a 491-foot drop in elevation along its course. The water level could be raised or lowered eight feet. Mitered gates at both ends of the . . . Map (db m66863) HM
31 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Harnessing the Power of Water
These engine parts once operated the mill They're part of a machine called a turbine (TUHR-bine) that used water power to operate the mill beginning in 1872. Just like a wooden water wheel, water from the canal rotated . . . Map (db m175024) HM
32 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Jackson Meat Market
This building was built crooked and is evidenced by the correction on the laying up of the brick on the upper portion of the left wall. Fire destroyed the original building. The store was built by Joe W. Jackson and housed his grocery business in . . . Map (db m164199) HM
33 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Jenks and Martindale Grocery
Alfred Blacklidge was the original owner of this building. The original building burned in 1885. In the early 1900's. Blacklidge was extending credit to surrounding sharecroppers, when bad times came, forcing many of the farmers to default on their . . . Map (db m44904) HM
34 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Jonathan Banes House
This house was built in 1845 by Jonathan Banes and his wife Marie Mount Banes. Banes was a construction contractor for the Canal in 1837. He also worked on the construction of the brick grist mill. Marie was the daughter of Metamora's founder. . . . Map (db m159966) HM
35 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Martindale Hotel
Built in 1838 by Ezekial Tyner to house his store room and counting room where he acted as agent for canal trade, housing his family in the addition to the rear. He then purchased the land from David Mount in 1841. Thomas Tague acquired the . . . Map (db m44902) HM
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36 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Metamora Christian Church
Organized July 18, 1841. The oldest Christian Congregation in Franklin Co. This Church was organized as a result of a revival meeting held by Rev. Alexander Campbell, founder of the Campbellites. Services were held for a time in the upper story of . . . Map (db m2404) HM
37 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Metamora Grist Mill
In 1845, Jonathan Banes built a three-story frame cotton mill, known as Metamora Cotton Factory, on this site. Banes, a former contractor on the canal, converted the cotton factory to a flouring mill in 1856, and sold the mill to John Curry in . . . Map (db m44903) HM
38 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Metamora Masonic Lodge
This stone building, constructed in the 1840's, was owned and used by a number of families prominent in early history of Metamora. These included Martindale, Watkins, Allison and Wiley. The ground floor was a general merchandising establishment, . . . Map (db m44865) HM
39 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Metamora to Twin Locks: along the trailWhitewater Canal Trail
The Whitewater Canal Trail follows a 2.6 mile "water level route" so it is basically level. It has a solid surface made of crushed stone, and it is suitable for walking or bicycling. The route travels along farm fields and through a . . . Map (db m163370) HM
40 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Odd Fellows Hall
Erected 1853. Built of brick, it is the only three story building in Metamora. Ground floor was a general merchandising establishment operated by 3 generations of the Gordon Family: Milton, Noble and Donald. Metamora Post Office once located in . . . Map (db m159965) HM
41 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Old Cobbler's ShopOld Post Office
Built for Gilbert C. Van Camp about 1854, by 1861 it was the business property of Jesse and Ezekiel Washburn, the second floor of this building was the workshop of Joseph Staub, a harness and saddle maker who in the 1880's advertised boots and . . . Map (db m159962) HM
42 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Old Faulkner-Pierce Drug Store
Landmark building of the canal era. Drug store 1840 to 1916. Hardware store 1923 to 1961. Front half constructed in 1840s, as canal boats floated by. Back half built in late 1860s, after civil war. Built of rock from nearby duck creek. Bears . . . Map (db m159964) HM
43 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Passenger Pigeon Extinction
Known for flocks that darkened the sky, the passenger pigeon was once the most abundant North American bird. A population in the billions as late as 1860 was nearly zero by 1900. Communication and transportation advancements enabled market . . . Map (db m163368) HM
44 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — StableWhitewater Canal State Historic Site Stable
These four large draft animals supply the "horsepower” for the state's canal boat. Bill and Red are Belgian sorrel geldings from Milroy, Indiana. Tony and Jerry are both Belgian blond geldings. Tony is from Hagerstown, Indiana, while . . . Map (db m163366) HM
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45 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — The Carriage House
Erected in 1870's on lot #10, Eads Plat in Brookville, Ind., This Building housed Horses, Carriages and Feed until the Automobile, then used as a garage. In the Spring of 1977 it was dismantled by removing handwhittled pins which held the frame . . . Map (db m159967) HM
46 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — The Confectionary
Lucy Martindale's brothers bought this 1/3 of lot 29 and built her confectionery in 1907 she operated it until her death in 1930 when the property reverted back to her brothers in more recent years this building was the home and machine shop . . . Map (db m159968) HM
47 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Van Camp's Store
This building was built in the 1850's. Mr. Van Camp housed his drug store here, which had the front blown out by a gasoline explosion in 1851. His Mother and himself perished in this tragedy. The building on either side of this were all part of one . . . Map (db m44868) HM
48 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Water Wheel & Lock #25
Water Wheel This 12-foot breast water wheel is operational and provides the power used to operate the grist mill. From here an underground shaft enters the mill basement, where the gears and pulleys power the mill machinery on the first . . . Map (db m163367) HM
49 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — 24.19??.? — Whitewater Canal
Important waterway of pioneer commerce. Built 1836 - 47 from Lawrenceburg to Hagerstown, with branch to Cincinnati. Used until 1860. Fifteen-mile section restored by state.Map (db m44708) HM
50 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Whitewater Canal State Historic Site
The Whitewater Canal was one of several projects begun by the Indiana Improvement Act of 1836, which was designed to improve transportation and develop commerce state-wide. Constructed to link southeastern and central Indiana, the canal was . . . Map (db m59608) HM
51 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Whitewater Canal State Historic Site
The Whitewater Canal was one of several projects begun by the Indiana Improvement Act of 1836, which was designed to improve transportation and develop commerce state-wide. Constructed to link southeastern and central Indiana, the canal was . . . Map (db m66862) HM
52 Indiana, Franklin County, Metamora — Whitewater Canal State Historic Site
The Whitewater Canal was one of several projects begun by the Indiana Improvement Act of 1836, which was designed to improve transportation and develop commerce state-wide. Constructed to link southeastern and central Indiana, the canal was . . . Map (db m163363) HM
53 Indiana, Franklin County, New Trenton — 24.2018.1 — Lester “Marvelo” Lake1904–1977 Reported damaged
Magician, humorist, and innovator Lester Lake was born in New Trenton. He began performing magic as a profession in Brookville by 1925 and was inducted into Queen City Mystics, Assembly 11 of the Society of American Magicians the same year. He . . . Map (db m180941) HM
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54 Indiana, Franklin County, New Trenton — New Trenton
Through this natural portal a great tide of immigrants first entered the Whitewater Valley. On May 25th, 1803 Benjamin McCarty made the first land entry on this site on what would later become Franklin County. New Trenton, platted in 1816, . . . Map (db m180948) HM
55 Indiana, Franklin County, Oldenburg — 24.1971.1 — Academy of the Immaculate ConceptionSisters of Saint Francis
Opened in 1852; enlarged in 1876 and 1901. The Academy Classroom Building and the Auditorium were completed in 1968.Map (db m66850) HM
56 Indiana, Franklin County, Oldenburg — Corpus Christi Procession Route
Located due north is the 1st of 4 chapels used in the procession. This annual devotion honors the Blessed Sacrament (Corpus Christi) on the 9th Sunday after Easter. It was first celebrated here in 1846, but originated in 13th century Germany. This . . . Map (db m66854) HM
57 Indiana, Franklin County, Oldenburg — Father Franz Joseph Rudolf
Born in Battenheim, Alsace, April 23, 1813 "Founder of Village of Spires" Appointed Pastor 1844 Built Stone Church 1845 - Present Church 1862 Founded Convent of Sisters of St. Francis 1851 Served as Civic Leader and Missionary in Area Buried June . . . Map (db m66856) HM
58 Indiana, Franklin County, Oldenburg — Hackman General Store
Erected 1861-64 by Anton Hackman from Winkum, Germany at a cost of $3,317.35. Structure consists of 125,000 brick handmade locally at Gehrings Brick Yards. Bricklayers earned $2.00 and Laborers $1.25 for 10 hour day. Ornate tinwork on front of . . . Map (db m66855) HM
59 Indiana, Franklin County, Oldenburg — Immaculate Conception Convent
Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis. Founded in 1851 by Mother Theresa Hackelmeier of Vienna, Austria. Rebuilt after fire in 1857. Chapel built in 1889. Convent reconstructed in 1876 and 1901. Novitiate built in 1931 and . . . Map (db m66851) HM
60 Indiana, Franklin County, Oldenburg — Old Stone ChurchBuilt 1846-1848
Father Franz Joseph Rudolf laid corner stone September 8, 1846. Succeeded original log church of St. Mary in 1848. Consecrated April 14, 1850. Replaced by present Holy Family Church in 1862. Made into part of Franciscan Friary in 1866. Renovated . . . Map (db m66853) HM
61 Indiana, Franklin County, Oldenburg — Town of Oldenburg
First settled 1817 by William George of Pennsylvania. Town platted 1837 by J. Henry Ronnebaum and Henry Plaspohl. Named for the Dukedom of Oldenburg in Germany from whence they came. First church and school built in 1837. First Post Office erected . . . Map (db m66852) HM
62 Indiana, Franklin County, Rockdale — 24.2005.1 — Snow Hill Covered Bridge
(Front Side) Built 1894-1895 over Johnson's Fork Creek by John H. Horn and William H. Butts to a Howe truss design by John Burkhart. All men were local residents. Bridge was important passageway to Cincinnati markets. Rests on stone . . . Map (db m66868) HM
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63 Indiana, Franklin County, Yellow Bank — Yellow Bank Flag Stop / Hendrickson's Ice Pond
Yellow Bank Flag Stop Starting about 1867, the Whitewater Valley Railroad offered flag stop service here at Yellow Bank. Flag stops often consisted of little more than a small shelter to protect waiting passengers from the rain. Hailing . . . Map (db m163371) HM
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May. 31, 2023