Rising Sun, Indiana 47040
Established in 1969, the Ohio
County Historical Society opened
its museum in 1972. Housed in a
19th century plow factory,
most of the contents have been donated by Ohio County residents,
their families, and friends.
Displays focus on the 1800's and
early 20th century life and events.
Included in the displays is an
AUTO-HARP, the first coin-operated music player.
The best known item in the
collection is the racing boat, HOOSIER BOY, famous raceboat of the
early 1900's. The boat holds the record between Cincinnati and
Louisville, round trip, at 60 mph. It was designed, built and raced by
J. W. Whitlock of Rising Sun.
On October 5, 2003, the HOOSIER GIRL, the
sister boat to the HOOSIER BOY, came home. The HOOSIER GIRL was
built in the 1940s after the first one (built 1908) sunk in the early
1940s. She is an exact duplicate of the original boat.
The Ohio County Historical
Society Museum has the finest historical collection in southeastern
This two-headed calf was born
on an Ohio County farm in June 1989. Dr. Don Beckett performed the
cesarean section and the calf lived for 45 minutes.
Ohio County Historical Publications
The Ohio Co. Historical Society
has published four books pertaining to
OHIO COUNTY history and people.
They have been written by County Historian,
Dillon R. Dorrell, who has
also been president of the Historical Society for several years. The
Ohio Co. Cemeteries
Ohio Co. Community Story
Mostly About Ohio Co.
Ohio Co. Families of the
Also available is the book
Ohio County, Indiana, written by William J. Dichtl.
features over 180 photographs of Ohio County.
The books are available locally
or by mail. The first three books are $15
each and the fourth is $25.
Ohio County, Indiana, sells for $19.99.
Please add 6% tax and
$2.50 for shipping of each book ordered.