The old library is now the Owen County Heritage & Culture Center. It was closed when I visited. It is also an original Carnegie Library, built in 1911, it is a Craftman style building. It's located on the southeast corner of Public Square. THe new library is located a block off public square to the west. It has a great section on local and Indiana history.
The history center is said to include a gift shop and displays of local history. The local foundation has a calendar of events, including talks, oral history events and workshops.
The First Baptist Church was organized in 1871. There had been a Baptist community in the county since the first settlers arrived. This church building was built in 1907 from rough cut limestone.
Spencer is the county seat for Owen County. The courthouse was built in 1910. The Historic maker outside the courthouse says:
"Owen County formed by General Assembly, 1819. Spencer selectyed county seat in 1820. neoclassical building, designed by Jesse T. Johnson, Indianapolis and built by Chritian Kanzler & Son, Evansville (1910-1911), was second courthouse on land donated by Daniel Beem. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, 1994"
Stinesville, is an unremarkable town, but it is a great example of the small rural communities that still dot the landscape, even in the east where the large cities make all the news.
Directions: State Route 46, east of McCormick's Creek SP to Stinesville Road. Turn north (left if coming from the park). Follow the road past 2 quarries until you come to Stinesville. A park with a monument are to the left as you enter town.