Spencer County

The southernmost tip of Spencer County lies nestled against the Ohio River.  The County Seat is in Rockport, but that is not the county’s largest city.  Originally established as Sante Fe (pronounced fee), in 1854, the name was rejected when they were working to establish a post office.  That name was already in use by another county.  After numerous town meetings the name of Santa Claus was selected.  The town has the world’s ONLY post  office that bears that name.  As you can imagine, Santa Claus quickly grew larger than Rockport.  It truly is a Christmas Themed town, with streets named after The Christmas season, Santa’s Candy Castle, Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari, Santa’s Lodge and Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort.  Need I say more?  The Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology also graces the county. Also of note, Abraham Lincoln lived in Spencer County between the ages of 7 to 21.  The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is located at the site of the Lincoln family farm.