Thursday, June 14, 2012

Henryville, Indiana

Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - South East Edition
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
Markers & Museums
 South East Edition
Henryville, Indiana
Area - Total 2.9 sq mi
Elevation - 518 ft
Population (2010) - 1,905
ZIP code - 47126
Area code(s) - 812
Henryville is located north of Clarkstown on I-65 and US 31 at its intersection with Indiana State Road 160. Exit 19 from I-65 provides access to Henryville via State Road 160.
History
Morristown was the first name chosen for Henryville when established in 1850. A gentleman that had served in the Pennsylvania militia, Colonel Henry Ferguson, purchased land that the village became established on and persuaded the newly developing railroad to run past the town. To honor his efforts the townspeople renamed the town Henryville.
Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, was born in a wooden shack three miles east of Henryville on September 9, 1890 and lived in the area until around 1905.
On March 2, 2012, tornados tore through the town, destroying the Henryville Elementary School and Henryville Junior/Senior High School as well as much of the town. Three people died in the disaster.
Henry Ferguson (1804 - 1860)
A native of Washington County, Pennsylvania, Henry received his education in the local public schools. He joined the Pennsylvania militia, attaining the rank of colonel. He married Nancy Young, with whom he would have seven children. The Fergson family migrated to Clark County, Indiana around 1842. He purchased a land and farmed at the site of the town that later bore his name. He became active in local politics. Upon learning of the proposed Jeffersonville, Madison & Indianapolis Railroad, he encouraged the rail line to locate in his area by donating and selling land to the company. He also aided it some of the grading work for the rail bed. The company later hired him to work as paymaster until his retirement in 1854. He helped plat the town, which he called Morristown, in 1850.
Henryville Facebook Page

Highways
Indiana State Road 160
US Route 31
Interstate 65

Attractions
Champions Pointe Golf Course
Clark State Forest
Colonel Sanders Historical Markers

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