- Skip Navigation

Note: This message is displayed if (1) your browser is not standards-compliant or (2) you have you disabled CSS. Read our Policies for more information.

  • Business & Agriculture
  • Residents
  • Government
  • Education
  • Taxes & Finance
  • Visiting & Playing
  • Family & Health

Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

Amber Alert
Amber Alert - TEST

Explore County Bicentennial Activities > Perry County Perry County

Perry County
Q&A with County Coordinator Betty Cash

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

  • The Torch Relay!

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

  • The Bicentennial Parade, because it was so festive and so well attended and everyone enjoyed it so much!

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

  • The Torch Relay - during that, it all came together and the true meaning of what we were trying to do hit home!

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

  • Displaying them for everyone to see in the future.  We also have slide shows we show at the Visitor's Center.

Total number of volunteers who participated

  • 15,

Estimated total attendance.

  • Hundreds.

Estimated dollar amount spent (if applicable)

  • $3,500.

Perry County Legacy Projects

Perry County Facts

Perry County was formed on November 1, 1814 (two years before the State of Indiana was admitted to the Union) from Warrick County. It was named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry who defeated the British squadron in the decisive Battle of Lake Erie in 1813.

The Ohio River made Perry County a focal point and settlers were drawn here due to plentiful supplies of natural resources and the area’s scenic beauty.

About the courthouse: The original courthouse was built in the 1880s. The modern building was completed in 1994 and the architect was Andrew Churchill.

The Ohio River National Scenic Byway runs through the county. It provides great bicycling and driving areas that take you through the small towns along the way telling the story of the river, the county, and the culture of the area.

The Byway is a favorite destination for motorcycle enthusiasts and is a beautiful location for fall foliage viewing.

County Seat: Tell City
Year Organized: 1814
Square Miles: 381.73