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Orange County, Indiana

Orange County was formed from parts of Knox, Gibson and Washington Counties in 1816. The County Seat is at Paoli, which may have been named in remembrance 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
Transcribed and submitted by Barbara Ziegnemeyer
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 county around it the schools are improving. The population in 1860 was 12,076 and in 1870 was 13, 497.

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

 CITIES AND TOWNS
French Lick - Orleans - Paoli - West Baden Springs

 UNINCORPORATED TOWNS
Abydel - Bacon - Bonds - Braxtons Siding - Chambersburg - Ethel - Fargo - Greenbrier - Hindostan - Leipsic - Lost River - Mahan Crossing - Millersburg - Newton Stewart - Norton - Orangeview - Peasrsontown - Pine Valley - Prospect - Pumpkin Center - Rego - Roland - Scarlet - Stampers Creek - Syria - Trotter Crossing - Turleys - Valeene - Woodlawn Grove - Youngs Creek

County Seat: Paoli
Year Organized: 1816
Square Miles: 408.19 sq mi of which 398.39 sq mi are land; 9.80 sq mi are water



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Orange County Courthouse
Court St.
Paoli, Indiana 47454
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Orange County Historical Society
P.O. Box 454
Paoli, Indiana 47454
Paoli Public Library
100 W Water St
Paoli, IN 47454
712-723-3841
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205 E Main St
Paoli, Indiana 47454
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Fort Wayne, Indiana 46852

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205 E Main St
Paoli, Indiana 47454
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Orleans, Indiana 47452
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