Welcome, to where the pavement ends…and nature & history begin. Nature and history prevail in Jennings County.
Interesting Facts about Jennings County…
- Jennings County became a county in 1816, the same year Indiana became a state. It was named after Indiana’s first governor, Jonathan Jennings making it the only county in the United States named Jennings.
- Two Revolutionary War veterans are buried in the Vernon Cemetery. The entire town of Vernon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places Jennings County has the state’s only courthouse carillon. Jennings County was a great contributor to the Underground Railroad with its numerous stops and conductors.
- The Muscatatuck River almost surrounds the town of Vernon, making it the state’s smallest county seat. The Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge & River meanders lazily past steep stone canyons, and beautiful wooded hillsides. Bird watching, fishing, hunting, hiking, rock climbing, and camping are just a few of the outdoor activities found in Jennings County.
- North Vernon was once the third busiest rail crossing in Indiana. Vernon adopted a charter in 1851 and still operates by that charter.