Madison County Historical Society

 Pioneer Family Exhibit

The Madison County Historical Society presents "Pioneer Family" Exhibit which will be on display until the end of day on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.  The display is at the History Center, 7 West 11th Street, Anderson, Indiana.  The Exhibit Hall is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  The exhibit will also be open Saturday, July 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The display and collection is large and robust with the focus being on two areas of our history.  First, the Joseph and Esther(Fountain) Hancock family.  They farmed and raised livestock in Richland Township.  They have descendants living today in the Reeder and Ring families.

The second area features pictures, maps, and stories of various villages and towns of Madison County that have been lost to history.  Those include Alfont, Leisure, Slickville, Bloomer, Hardscrabble, Prosperity, Forrestville, Hamilton, and Alliance.  Edgewood has been included because it can be considered a small village.   

Our special "Thank You" to Linda and Richard Shelton for putting the Hancock collection together and its display. 

Organizing, researching, and collecting the data about the vanishing villages and towns of Madison County was done by Bill Upperman.  Bill was a thorough and dedicated researcher and organizer.  He passed earlier this year and is sorely missed.  This exhibit is dedicated to his memory.   

The exhibit is  free to everyone in the community.  It is for you and your family;  that's why we do it!  For more information and/or questions, please call us at (765) 683-0052 during public hours.  Thank you!


 The location for Forrestville.  The cemetery is still there and in use.

 Alliance was platted so Old Columbus could have its own railroad station;  however, the project failed.


Madison County Historical Society|15 West 11th Street, P. O. Box 696, Anderson, Indiana 46015-0696|(765)683-0052|