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Spencer County – McKenzie’s Grill, Rockport, IN

My family and I took a quick trip to Spencer County, Indiana to visit several Abraham Lincoln historic sites and Santa Claus. We stopped here for dinner on our first night.

After a long day of visiting Abraham Lincoln memorials, we stopped for dinner at a place that came highly recommended by Melissa Wilkinson of the Spencer County Convention & Visitors Bureau: McKenzie’s Grill, which is less than a mile from the Ohio River.

McKenzie’s is part of/next to the Rockport Inn, right across the street from the Spencer County courthouse, and serves a nice dinner to visitors and to guests of the Rockport Inn. I had a nice ribeye steak (my favorite cut), as did my three kids. My wife went off completely in a whole different direction, and got the prime rib (which is the exact same cut of meat; the prime rib is cooked in the oven, the ribeye is grilled). We were all duly impressed, and it was an excellent steak, especially for the affordable price of $15 for the 12 ounce. If you’re a steak lover, you can get some great beef for half the price you’d pay in Indianapolis or Louisville.

We also met a couple in the restaurant who asked if we were visiting, since they didn’t recognize us (I had always seen that in the movies, but it had never happened to me until now). The wife shared some of the history of the Rockport Inn, which included a ghost story. Apparently, a friend of theirs had seen the ghost of a 7-year-old girl upstairs when he left the bathroom, and he swore he’d never go to the men’s room upstairs, promising to use the women’s bathroom downstairs.

After dinner, I had to take my son to the bathroom upstairs, telling myself over and over there was no such thing as ghosts, but keeping my camera on and my finger on the button, just in case. Luckily, we never saw anything, but I did get a chance to see the beautiful decor in the Rockport Inn, and took some photos of that (the girl never showed up in the images afterward either, unfortunately. But pay attention to the last couple of photos in the slideshow below, and see if you can find anything unusual.)

Photo credit: Erik Deckers (Picasa)

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