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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Scott County

Q&A with County Coordinator Brandon Polley

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

  • The community really came together and participated in the state Bicentennial. We had numerous events and it really brought everyone together as a county.

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

  • We had a variety of Legacy Projects that all turned out great. All of our history dinners sold out and we had a very successful Bicentennial Bash on the evening of the Torch Relay.

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

  • The Torch Relay was certainly the most memorable part of the Bicentennial celebration. We had a variety of torchbearers from all parts of the county. It was just so amazing how all of our planning paid off and everything went smoothly. The whole community participated from county line to county line. Every school that could be out during the Torch Relay did so and people lined the streets in Austin and Scottsburg. I know everyone that participated will never forget it.

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

  • Our local museum, the Scott County Heritage Museum will house most of the items. We also hired a professional photographer to photograph the event.

Do you have a website and/or social media presence (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)? May we share the links? If so, please include links here.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 20

Estimated total attendance.

  • 5,000

Estimated dollar amount raised (if applicable).

  • $4,000

Estimated dollar amount spent (if applicable).

  • $9,000

Scott County Legacy Projects

Photos from Scott County's Bicentennial Events / Activities

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Scott County Facts

Scott County was formed in 1820 from portions of Clark, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, and Washington counties. It was named after Charles Scott, a general in the Revolutionary War. Scott was governor of Kentucky from 1808 to 1812. Much of its water supply comes from Hardy Lake.

About the courthouse: Andrew Baty was the architect and the building was completed in 1874.

Hardy Lake in Scott County is a reservoir that was constructed in 1970 by damming Quick’s Creek. The state hoped the reservoir would provide a stable source of water for nearby communities in Scott County.

When Hardy Lake was completed, Indiana Governor Otis R. Bowen hailed it as part of his goal of having a park controlled by the state of Indiana within driving distance of every Hoosier. Hardy Lake is part of a statewide system of reservoirs created during the 1960s and 1970s by the state of Indiana and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

Other features of the park include the McClain Cemetery, which dates back to the 18th century, a mound of Allegheny mound ants, foxfire, and a trail exclusively designed to test one’s archery skills.

Seasonal fishing and hunting are permitted within the park. The park contains a large population of fish, including bluegill, catfish, black crappie, largemouth bass, redear sunfish, and tiger muskie. Animals available to hunt not only include the typical deer and turkey, but quail, snipe, and woodchuck as well.

The lake is open to boating and fishing and has four public access ramps.The park is also home to several species of birds, including the Red-necked Grebe, Mute Swan, Snow Goose, and Black Vulture. Red-shouldered Hawks are particularly noteworthy and nest around the lake in early spring through mid-summer.

County Seat: Scottsburg
Year Organized: 1820
Square Miles: 190.40

Scott County Bicentennial Committee

  • Brandon Polley
  • Jennifer Spicer
  • Adrian Smallwood
  • Marty Randall
  • Jessica Jones
  • Sue Jones
  • Bradley Deaton
  • Alex Grace
  • Tristan Gentile
  • April Ramoni
  • Greg Ramoni
  • James Richey
  • Dan McClain