Orange County Indiana
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Crawford County - Dubois County - Lawrence County - Martin County - Perry County - Washington County

French Lick - Orleans - Paoli - West Baden Springs


French Lick - Greenfield - Jackson - Northeast - Northwest - Orangeville - Orleans - Paoli - Southeast - Stampers Creek

NATIONAL PROTECTED AREA: Hoosier National Forest


Orange County was formed from parts of Knox, Gibson and Washington Counties in 1816. The County Seat is at Paoli, which may have been name in rememberance of the Paoli Massacre during the Revolutionary War.  The early settlers were for the most part, Quakers.  A group of Quakers from North Carolina, led by Jonathan Lindley, came to the area in 1811.  These Quakers built the first religious structure called The Lick Creek Meeting House in 1813.  This group is responsible for the name Orange County. 

From: "A History Of The State Of Indiana" by DeWitt C. Goodrich and Charles R. Tuttle 1876

This county was named after a county of North Carolina. in which many of the early settlers had previously resided. The south part of the county is hilly, and abounds with fine springs of water; the north is undulating. About one-fifth of the county is bottom land, with a rich, fertile soil, and an equal amount of openings; the balance is uplands, and was originally heavily timbered with oak, hickory, poplar, ash, walnut, cherry, sugar and beech, and the soil well adapted to wheat. corn, oats, etc.

There are many sinks in the county. These, for the most part, have limestone for a base, where many of the streams and springs fall into the earth, and there find subterraneous passages, until they unite with larger streams or reappear with larger and stronger currents. Paoli, the county seat, is located in the centre of the county. it is a small town and is improving in population and wealth rapidly, with the country around it the schools are improving.

The population in 1860 was 12,076 and in 1870 was 13,497

Transcribed and Submitted by: Barbara Ziegenmeyer

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