Historical Markers of Indiana
Germantown Civil War Band
Overbeck House and Studio
Iron Brigade Commander
Oliver P. Morton Home
Massacre of Indians
Trail of Death
East Germantown Civil War Band
Band organized in East Germantown;
members enlisted in 1862. Assigned to
the Twelfth General Ulysees S. Grant.
Marched with General William T. Sherman
from Atlanta to sea.

(Marker is on National Road #40 east of
Lewisville, Indiana).
Photo by Mark S. Orr
Trail of Death
Two miles east, on north bank of Twin
Lakes, some 800 Potawatomi Indians were
collected in August 1838 and forced to
begin their long march to new homes in the
West. Many perished on the way.
Oliver P. Morton Home
Residence of Oliver P, Morton,
Governor of Indiana during the crucial
years of the American Civil War.
1861-1865. U.S. Senator 1867-77.
Morton was the first native-born
Governor of Indiana.
Erected in 1962 by Indiana Civil War
Centennial Commission.

(Marker located near Centerville,
Indiana on National Road 40.
Iron Brigade Commander
One-quarter mile north of ths marker
is  the home of General Solomon A.
Iron Brigade Commander at
Born in North Carolina, Meridith was
an Indiana political leader and
post-war Surveyor-General of
Montana Territory.
(Marker is located on National Road
#40 Cambridge City, Wayne County,
Erected 1963 by Indianapolis Civil
War Roundtable and Indiana
Historical Society.
Photo by Mark S. Orr
Overbeck House and Studio
Indiana's first art pottery, a
nationally-recognized product of the
American Arts and Crafts Movement, was
produced 1911-1955 by the house, one
block south was listed in the National
Register of Historic Places 1976..
(Marker located on National Road #40
Cambridge City, Wayne county, Indiana).
Erected 1992 by Indiana Historical Bureau
and Jerry and Phyllis Mattheis.
Photo by Mark S. Orr
Massacre of Indians
Near Markleville, Indiana
In 1824, nine Indians were murdered
by white men near this spot. The men
were tried, found guilty and hanged. It
was the first execution of white men
for killing Indians.

(Marker located on S.R. #38 east of
Markleville, Madison County, Indiana.)
Erected in 1966 by Indiana
Sesquicentennial Commission.
The National Road West
The National Road West
Knightstown -- First Town platted on
National Road after survey, 1827 --
Named after noted surveyor Jonathan
Knight. Home of American
Communications Network founded, in
1966, to preserve and perpetuate the
"Ideals that built America" and "the
Dignity of Man." Situated in Henry
County, so named for American patriot
Patrick Henry by special legislative
dictate in 1821.
Why stand here idle! Is
life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be
purchased at the price of chains and
slavery! Forbid it, Almighty God! I know
what course others may take; but as for
me, give me liberty, or give me death!
Located near Knightstown, Henry
County, Indiana on National Road U.S.
Photo by Mark S. Orr
In 1921, the Indiana General Assembly specifically authorized the Indiana Historical Commission to cooperate with and
advise local historical societies, clubs, and other organizations interested in locating and marking historical sites.
More than 150 signs, plaques, and memorials were installed in 1923 through the cooperative effort led by the Commission.
In 1947, a search was begun for a more permanent type of marker. It was decided that the markers should be made of cast
aluminum, with raised gold letters against a blue enamel background, and mounted on a post. This is the same format that is
used today.
In 1957, a concerted effort was made by the Historical Bureau and the historic sites committees of the Society of Indiana
Pioneers and the Indiana Historical Society to revive the marker program in the state. Between the years 1957 and 1965,
approximately twenty markers were installed using private donations.
The past, present, and continued success of the Indiana Historical Marker Program has been—and will be—dependent on
the many volunteers across the state who have given—and will give—of their time, energy, and money to see that markers
are installed which present, preserve, and celebrate the history of Indiana.
For more information about the Indiana Historical Marker Program, including how to apply for a historical marker, call 317-232-
Here's a look at some of the markers closest to and in Henry County, Indiana.
James Whitcomb Riley
James Whitcomb Riley "The
Hoosier Poet"
Birthplace, James Whitcomb Riley,
"The Hoosier Poet", October 7, 1849–
July 22, 1916. Editor, author, poet,
lecturer and entertainer. One of the
best known Hoosiers of all time,
Riley first wrote under the name
"Benj. F. Johnson of Boone" and was
famous for his use of the Hoosier
Erected in 1966 by Indiana
Sesquicentennial Commission
Marker is in Greenfield, Indiana, in
Hancock County. Marker is on West
Main Street (U.S. 40) west of
Pennsylvania Street, on the right
when traveling west.
Indiana First Woman's Rights Convention
Indiana's First Women's Rights
A convention was called for by
reform-minded Congregational Friends
meeting at Greensboro, Henry County,
January 1851. Convention held October
14-15, 1851 at Dublin adopted resolutions
for political, social, and financial rights for
women. Women and men who favored
abolition, temperance and suffrage
attended. The 1852 convention formed
Indiana Woman's Rights Association to
promote united action for woman's rights.
Association's 1853 convention demanded
equality in all political rights and functions.
It voted to be auxiliary to American
Woman Suffrage Association 1870. It
became Indiana Woman's Suffrage
Erected in 2003 by Indiana Historical
Bureau, Indiana Women's History
Association, Indiana Commission for
Women, and Town of Dublin.
Located in Dublin, Wayne County, Indiana.
U.S. National Road #40.
Brigadier General CSA Francis Asbury Shoup
Brigadier General CSA Francis
Ashbury Shoup
Remembered for servce in Conferate
States of America army
1861-1865, and "Shoupade" fortification
design; fought in the battles of Shiloh,
Vicksburg and Atlanta.
Advocated recruitment of African
Americans for CSA army. After the war,
he was a university professor, published
author and Episcopal rector.

Laurel, Indiana.
Marker is located in the cemetery in
Laurel, off S.R. 121.
Erected in October of 2006.
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Two of the original Historic
National Road mile markers can
still be found today along U.S.
40 from Richmond to Centerville.
These small stone markers
informed travelers how far they
were from the state line as well
as the nearest towns. Both
markers are on private property,
but they can be viewed from the
road. I can't read all of the one
above but it say's you are 9
miles away from the
Indiana/Ohio State Line.
Photo by MMark S. Orr
Birthplace of Wilbur Wright
April 16, 1867 - May 30, 1912

Co-inventor of the airplane
With his brother, Orville,
he began studying flight, 1896;
built first model airplane, 1899;
began gliding, 1900; and achieved
first successful powered flight
at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina,
December 17, 1903
Located near Hagerstown, Indiana, in
Henry County. Marker is on North
County Road 750E  on the right when
traveling south.

Civil War Memorial
"In Memory
of the
Henry County Soldiers"
1861 - 1865
"Lest we Forget"
“One Country
One Flag”

Marker is in New Castle, Indiana, in
Henry County. Marker is on South
Main Street south of Broad Street on
the east lawn of the New Castle
Courthouse, the same courthouse
that is shown in the book "Raintree
Photo by Mark S. Orr
Underground Station
Seth Hinshaw (1787-1865), well-known
abolitionist operated a station of the
Underground Railroad on this site, prior to
the Civil War. He also operated a store in
which he refused to sell goods produced
by slave labor, In 1843 Hinshaw helped
erect Liberty Hall, which was located one
block west of this site where many fiery
anti-slavery meetings were held under his
.Photo provided by Jan Lockridge.

Historical Markers in East Central Indiana
Levi Coffin (1798-1877), a Quaker
abolitionist, lived in Newport (now Fountain
City) with his family 1826-1847. Moved
from North Carolina because he and his
wife, Catharine, opposed slavery.
Advocated, and sold in his store, free-labor
products not produced by slaves. House
built circa 1839; designated a National
Historic Landmark 1966.

Coffin's Reminiscences (1876)
documented work in Underground Railroad
and antislavery movement. The
Underground Railroad refers to a
widespread network of diverse people in
the nineteenth century who aided slaves
escaping to freedom from the southern