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    by Toughluck Updated Mar 4, 2008

    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.

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    by Toughluck Written Jan 31, 2008

    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.

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    by Toughluck Updated Jan 31, 2008

    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"

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    by Toughluck Written Jan 30, 2008

    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.

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