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.
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.