Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Vallonia, Indiana © Indiana Places 2011

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Vallonia, Indiana
County - Jackson
Township - Driftwood
Elevation - 535 ft (163 m)
ZIP code - 47281



Vallonia is located about three and a half miles southwest of Brownstown, Indiana on Indiana State Road 135. The town was settled by the French in the late 1700's. By 1810 the town had grown to include nearly 90 settlers. Native American Indian tribes, becoming defensive about the encroachment in their territory, began to harass the settlers. William Henry Harrison, governor of the Indiana Territory and based in Vincennes, ordered a stockade to be built at Vallonia. The defensive structures included a stockade, garrison and blockhouses. Two companies of Indiana Rangers were stationed at the Fort Vallonia.

After the Indians were removed from the area, the defensive structures became unused, and rotted away. In 1972 replicas of the original structures were constructed from detailed plans which survived. Every year in October the town holds an event called Fort Vallonia Days which attracts 30,000 people and includes reenactments, a flea market and parade.

Starve Hollow State Recreation Area

Fort Vallonia Museum

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