Mt. Vernon was named for George Washington’s plantation
at Mt. Vernon. That name derives from Edward Vernon, a
British naval hero, under whom Washington’s half-brother
served, and in whose honor Rule Britannia was written.
Mt. Vernon is the seat of Posey County, named for Gen.
Thomas Posey, Governor of the Indiana Territory, who had
the distinction of growing up next door to George Washington
at the original Mt. Vernon.
From around 1805 to 1816, Mount Vernon was known as McFadden’s
Bluff named for one of the first settlers to the area.
There are a number of historic sites in Mount Vernon including
The Posey County Courthouse Square, Downtown Historic
District, Welborn Historic District and the William Gonnermann
House all of which have been placed on the National Register
of Historic Places.
The city has become a big center for plastics, with the
manufacture of Lexan taking place just south of town at
the SABIC Innovative Plastics. In 2010, Aventine Renewable
Resources and Abengoa both opened new facilities to produce
of Indiana-Mount Vernon, the eighth busiest
inland water port in America is located in Mt. Vernon.
Other industrial partners in the Mt. Vernon community
include: CountryMark Cooperative, B&W Nuclear Operations
Group, Aventine Renewable Resources, Abengoa, Consolidated
Grain & Barge, ADM, Cargill, Vectrenâs AB Brown
Power Generation facility, Bristol Meyer Squibb, and Meade
The city is governed by a Mayor and Common Council that
meets twice monthly in open forum. The cityâs waste
water treatment facility has recently increased their
capacity which will assist continued attraction of new
industry and expansion of our current employers.
The communityâs proximity to Evansville (fifteen
miles) enables employers to draw from a larger market
than just the community. The Evansville MSA includes a
population of 350,000 and a twenty-six county region boasts
a population of 820,000.
The Main Library, built in 1986, is located at 115 West
Fifth Street, and boasts over 100,000 items, a dozen public
computers, as well as free Wi-Fi. In addition, a Bookmobile
operates to serve the area schools and outlying areas
of the county.
A monthly book discussion group for adults, numerous
story times, a Summer Reading Program, targeted programming
for youth, young adult and adults is offered free of charge
to the public on a regular basis.
The Alexandrian Public Library also has a varied and
popular collection of local history resources and family
history files in the "Indiana Room" of the Main
Library. Microfilmed newspapers, contributed family documents,
resources from the Posey County Historical Society and
more are available for genealogists and researchers.