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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Posey County
Q&A with County Coordinator Rebecca Higgins

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

  • The Torch Relay joined our county in many ways, the biggest was from a 15-year-old boy scout to a 99-year-old Tri-state Tornado survivor of 1925!

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

  • We held a vintage high tea.  Men and women were in the  fashion show that showcased 200 years of clothing that was worn by both sexes.  Standing room only and fun to watch!  The Jackie Kennedy look was the best!
    Made us realize how easy we have it now!

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

  • We were the first stop on the third day of the Torch Relay. Seeing everyone there to send off the first torchbearer was great.  And our Posey County Bison "Al" named after Governor Alvin  P. Hovey that was from Posey.  We had Al in two parades!

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

  • Our Bison "Al" is going into a city park.  Our county torch and banner will be going to the Posey County Historical Society after we take the torch on tour to the three libraries in our county.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 50.

Estimated total attendance.

  • 300.

Posey County Legacy Projects

Posey County Facts

Posey County was formed on November 11, 1814 from Gibson and Warrick counties. It was named for Revolutionary War Gen. Thomas Posey, who was then serving as Governor of the Indiana Territory. Mount Vernon became the county seat in 1825.

About the courthouse: J.A. Brydagh and Levi Clark were the architects and the building was completed in 1876.

Indiana has had its own utopia in Posey County?
New Harmony, Indiana, located on the banks of the Wabash River, is an experience like no other. A community that began almost two hundred years ahead of its time, New Harmony was first a spiritual sanctuary that later became a haven for international scientists, scholars, and educators who sought equality in communal living.

New Harmony’s period of significance, 1814 to 1867, covers the Rappite/Harmonist and Owenite eras in Posey County’s history. It is still a mecca for many curious visitors, including many travelers from around the globe. 

County Seat: Mount Vernon
Year Organized: 1814
Square Miles: 409.57