CoryDoors – Governor’s Headquarters #ThursdayDoors

Corydon, Indiana was Indiana’s first state capital. That meant the governor lived here, natch. The place he lived and had his headquarters is still standing, right there on the square. Here’s its marker.

Home of Governor William Hendricks 1822-1825 while he was Governor of Indiana. Front room was Governor’s Headquarters. Hendricks was also Secretary of Constitutional Convention. House was built 1817 by Davis Floyd, Territorial Auditor and Treasurer and member of Constitutional Convention. Floyd had been convicted 1806 of aiding Aaron Burr. House purchased 1841 by Judge William A. Porter, noted lawyer, judge, and staunch Whig leader who served many terms in State Legislature and was Speaker of House 1849. The home since 1841 of Judge Porter and descendants.

There are still Porters in Corydon, today. Nice folks. I’m glad to know ’em.

Here’s the front of the building.


And a close-up of one of the doors, with brickwork more visible.

Behind the house is a walled garden. It’s mighty blighty at this time of the year, but spring sometimes sees a flower and herb sale, and summer sees flowers and shrubs.

Next door is what used to be the carriage house. Not sure what’s in there now (I took these on Monday, when they were both closed), but, for the Halloween event of Corydon’s Unsavory Past, it’s a saloon with respectable citizens dressed up like dance hall floozies. Worth a trip to town, fer sher.

This has been part of Norm Frampton’s world-famous Thursday Doors link-up. Go to Norm’s page, ogle his doors (he won’t mind), click on the blue frog link, and see who else is posting about doors. Post yer own!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about a politician. If he or she is involved in a political killing, so much the better.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “CoryDoors – Governor’s Headquarters #ThursdayDoors

  1. Dan Antion

    March 2, 2017 at 8:55am

    Impressive building. I like the doors on the carriage house / saloon the best.

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      Marian Allen

      March 2, 2017 at 11:53am

      I do, too! I seem to like barn doors, especially the ones that hang on tracks and slide open. These don’t, but I like the ones that do.

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  2. janet

    March 2, 2017 at 9:31am

    Ooooo, a walled garden. I want one! The house looks very impressive and solid, just as the governors were probably expected to be. 😉


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      Marian Allen

      March 2, 2017 at 11:55am

      We have a lot of hills around Corydon, so the walls double for boundary markers and soil erosion protection. I love this private place, even though those neighbors higher up the hill have a clear view of the garden, it still feels private.

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  3. Ian Cross

    March 2, 2017 at 10:03am

    These photos could have come from England, they have that touch of solidity, good brickwork and lack of frippery. Great images.

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      Marian Allen

      March 2, 2017 at 11:58am

      Thank you very much, Ian! This building does look very Georgian, I think.

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  4. Joey

    March 2, 2017 at 10:43am

    Nice share 🙂 We really should take the kids down there… I haven’t been since I was a kid! If we don’t take them, who will?

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      Marian Allen

      March 2, 2017 at 11:59am

      Oh, yes, do! There’s so much to see and do! Zimmerman’s Art Glass Factory is right downtown, now!

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  5. Norm 2.0

    March 2, 2017 at 5:29pm

    Lovely old building with lots of important local history to it. I’ve always been fond of carriage houses too. Nice post 🙂

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