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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Vermillion County

Q&A with County Coordinator Eliza Porter

What do you consider the key accomplishment(s) of your county's Bicentennial celebration?

  • Vermillion County's Bicentennial celebration highlighted the amazing contributions and accomplishments of outstanding citizens from youth to those advanced in age. It became a key event that united the county as we celebrated what makes Vermillion County unique and wonderful!

What Legacy Project do you most like to tell people about, and why?

  • The Gathering at the Crossing is the Legacy Project that I enjoy sharing information on most! It is a wonderful celebration of local Indiana history, and is a timelined (1740-1840) living history gathering. The celebration is an annual event that takes place during the second weekend in September. It is located near the two historic sites of Harrison’s Crossing and the Ancient Piankeshaw Indian Village at the Big Vermillion and Wabash Rivers.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your county's Bicentennial celebration.

  • The Torch Relay was a phenomenal experience for the entire community! Each and every torchbearer and their family was touched in a special way through their participation!

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your county's celebration?

  • Information, photos and other memorabilia for Vermillion County's Bicentennial celebrations, torch relay, and legacy projects are being held by the Vermillion County Historical Society.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 30

Estimated total attendance.

  • 500

Estimated dollar amount spent.

  • $1,500

Vermillion County Legacy Projects

Photos from Vermillion County Bicentennial Events / Activities

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Vermillion County Bicentennial Committee

  • Eliza Porter
  • Oren Sutherlin
  • Dean Strohm
  • Sandra Frey
  • Nancy Reed
  • Tim Yocum

Vermillion County Facts

Vermillion County was named for the southbound Vermilion River, which flows nearby.

The name is spelled in the French/Commonwealth English style with a double letter “l,” in contrast to the American English spelling of the adjacent Vermilion County, Illinois. This is one of only a few cases in the United States in which a county borders a county with the same name in another state

About the courthouse: John Bayard and Halbert Fillinger were the architects, and the building was completed in 1925.

The Annual Newport Antique Auto Hill Climb is always the first Sunday of October in Newport, Ind., Vermillion County.

For the “Festival Weekend,” there will be about 300 competitors and 600+ attempts at running the “Hill.” Join the fun — run the famous hill, show your car, truck or motorcycle. Enjoy good food, flea market finds and more family fun.

Ernie PyleNobel Prize winner, Ernie Pyle was born in Dana, IN.  He was an American journalist who was a roving correspondent from 1935, especially during World War II. He won the Pulitzer in 1944 before his death in combat on a Pacific island.

County Seat: Newport
Year Organized: 1824
Square Miles: 256.88