While attempting to improve their water wheel power efficiency in 1854 Philander H. and Francis M. Roots invented the Roots Rotary Positive Blower Principle, now known throughout the world and still manufactured in Connersville. — — Map (db m152034) HM
Erected 1831 by Oliver H. Smith. Later home of Caleb B. Smith, Secretary of Interior under Lincoln and Grand Master of Indiana Masons. Restored 1941 as home for local Masonic bodies. — — Map (db m44768) HM
1841 Built as Headquarters of
the Whitewater Valley Canal Co.
1854 Savings Bank of Indiana
Dr. S. W. Vance 1857-1936
Congressman and Mrs. Finly H. Gray 1936-1947
1947 - 1971 V. F. W. Post 571
1971 - . . . — — Map (db m44760) HM
In 1916 during the Indiana Centennial Week, the Clio Club, a women’s organization, presented to the city of Connersville a fountain.
The fountain was designed by Lorado Taft of Ohio at the cost of $1,200.00. The Clio Club labored faithfully . . . — — Map (db m152024) HM
1669 ~ Early "Indian Trail" Connecting Cincinnati to Northern Trading Posts
1812 ~ First Blockhouse
1813 ~ First Public Square
1828 ~ Parker, then Fayette County Seminary
1858 ~ First Public School
1874 ~ First High School Added
1904 ~ . . . — — Map (db m152029) HM
(( Center Panel ))
all who served
in the United States
Liberty and Justice
in All the World
Veterans and Citizens
of Fayette County
1986 . . . — — Map (db m44876) WM
This marker depicts the Fayette County Courthouse as it appeared when built in 1849. Subsequent renovations resulted in its present appearance.
The Courthouse was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
Connersville's . . . — — Map (db m152030) HM
The grinding wheels around Kiddie Land Playground in Roberts Park were originally part of the manufacturing equipment in the Ansted Spring and Axle Company, located on the east side of Columbia Avenue just north of Mount Street. The Ansted . . . — — Map (db m152023) HM
Col. James E. Roberts was an industrial leader and prominent citizen of Fayette County. He moved to Connersville during the Civil War era and entered the retail hardware business. In 1874 he purchased interest in a local furniture factory and for . . . — — Map (db m152022) HM
1801 Licensed to trade with the Indians in pelts.
1808 Established here a fur trading post.
1812 Interpreter and guide for Gen. William Henry Harrison prior to and during The War of 1812.
1813 Founded . . . — — Map (db m152032) HM
John Conner laid out the town of Connersville on the north side of the west fork of the Whitewater River in March 1813 adjacent to his fur trading post. The original plat was for 62 lots bounded by what are today Central Ave to the west and Water . . . — — Map (db m152033) HM
John Conner (1775~1826) FOUNDER OF CONNERSVILLE, March 4, 1813; Scout and Indian Interpreter for General William Henry Harrison; Treaty maker for the 12 Mile Purchase 1809; Indiana State Senator 1815 - 1822; First Sheriff of Fayette County 1819; . . . — — Map (db m152028) HM
The Kennedy Family
Emmett Loren Kennedy was born July 5, 1848. I 1870, he worked for his father, Archibald M. Kennedy, on the first bridge built by the Kennedy family. Upon completion of this bridge at Dunlapsville, in Union County, Indiana, . . . — — Map (db m152015) HM
The Great Depression
Money was scarce during the depression and everyone looked for ways to stretch their dollars. Roberts Park is an excellent example of how resourceful communities were in that day. The Administration Building, for example, . . . — — Map (db m152019) HM
In 1836 construction began on this fifty-six lock, one hundred one mile canal. Opened from Lawrenceburg to Brookville (1839), it was extended to Laurel and Cincinnati (1843), Connersville (1845), Cambridge City (1846), and Hagerstown (1847). — — Map (db m44741) HM
This plaque marks the western border of the twelve mile cession negotiated by Governor William Henry Harrison with the Miami, Potawatomi, and Delawares, Treaty of Fort Wayne, September 30, 1809. — — Map (db m44770) HM
Boulder erected by the community of Everion, Ind. June 18, 1935 to commemorate the birth of the worlds first county free fair held in Roberts Park Connersville, Fayette Co., Ind., Sept. 9, 1903. — — Map (db m152021) HM