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Mount Vernon

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 Ethanol. Port 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, Vectren’s AB Brown Power Generation facility, Bristol Meyer Squibb, and Meade Johnson.

The city is governed by a Mayor and Common Council that meets twice monthly in open forum. The city’s waste water treatment facility has recently increased their capacity which will assist continued attraction of new industry and expansion of our current employers.

The community’s 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.