Along the Ohio River at a scenic bend lies Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the county seat for Dearborn County. The area was established in 1802 by Samuel C. Vance, a soldier who served both Generals George Washington and Anthony Wayne. Founded in 1802, the city was named for the maiden name of Vance’s wife. Steamboat shipping led to the development of the city’s historic Gamblers’ Row. Now there are 5,000 residents who enjoying living in this historic river town that is only 25 miles from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
Whiskey production was a key product of Lawrenceburg and thus the city was called Whiskey City, USA. (MGP Indiana – formerly Seagram’s – still produces alcoholic beverages in Lawrenceburg.)
There are several historic buildings in Lawrenceburg: Dearborn County Courthouse, Downtown Lawrenceburg Historic District, Hamline Chapel Church; Daniel S. Major House, and the Vance-Tousey House.
From historic former mansions to newly built brick homes and condominiums, there is a wide variety of home options for residents. It’s close location to Kentucky and Cincinnati as well as the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport – makes it an attractive choice for someone who prefers a small-town setting. There are many housing options with spectacular Ohio River views. Nearby Hidden Valley Lake with its 5,300 residents offers 150 acres of lake for fishing, boating and water skiing. Look at homes for sale.
Lawrenceburg Main Street
The local businesses of Lawrenceburg are busy making sure the city draws in visitors and residents alike. People enjoy annual events such as: Music on the River concerts, Party in the Street, Winter Wonderland, a yard sale, and other fun activities.
Tri-State Antique Market
Find antiques galore at the Lawrenceburg, Indiana Fairgrounds from May through October on the first Sunday of these months. This market has been featured in Midwest Living, Country Homes and Cincinnati Magazine!
- Todd-Creech Memorial Park – This park is an enjoyable place to get away from it all
- Arch Street Park – This park has a basketball court, swings and play equipment.
- Lawrenceburg Babe Ruth Baseball Field – Take in a ballgame here.
- Lawrenceburg Skate Park – For those adventuresome soles!
- Pat O’Neill Memorial Pool
- Ludlow Hill Park • This park has tennis courts, a football field, fishing ponds, basketball court as well as a playground area and picnic shelters
- Newtown Park – A fountain and park benches make this a perfect setting to enjoy the outdoors. The Arts and Crafts in the Park is held here each year.
- George Street Park – A shelter house, grill, play equipment and basketball court are found here.
- Ratliff Landing – This public boat landing features two boat ramps
- Tanners Creek Boat Dock
- Dearborn Trails – Enjoy the hiking/biking trail that connects Greendale, Lawrenceburg and Aurora. A paved path follows the Ohio River.
For those who enjoy gambling, a quick step onto the Hollywood Casino boat and you can enjoy all kinds of gambling games. The casino offers six restaurants as well as a several popular dance club, Boogie Nights. Live concerts are held on the rooftop.
The Lawrenceburg speedway has hosted vehicle sprint racing by since 1950 and is located at the back of the fairgrounds area and is open from April through October. Seating is first come first served.
Lawrenceburg Event Center
This center has a fitness area as well as a full-sized gym and basketball court. There is also a computer lab and game/arcade room.
Perfect North Slopes
For those who enjoy winter sports, you will be in heaven at Perfect North Slopes. The resort was created in 1980 and started with a few tows for the slopes. Now you can ski, snowboard and head downhill on an air-filled tube. Freestyle skier and Olympic Team bronze member, Nick Goepper, is from Lawrenceburg and frequents Perfect North Slopes.
Lawrenceburg Ice Skating Rink
The ice skating rink is opened seasonally. Visitors enjoy the pavilion and fire pit. A season pass is available for avid skaters.
Music on the River
For over 15 years, outdoor concerts from country to rock to pop and big band has been held on Thursday evenings from June through August. The venue is on the corner of High and Short Streets.
Party in the Street
Bands set up their amps and instruments on High and Walnut Streets and the music runs from 8pm-11pm.
This annual Christmas celebration includes a tree lighting, parade, cookie walk more.
Whiskey City Festival
This annual event has tastings of beer, wine and bourbon along with musical entertainment. (There’s also a fun run/walk!)
Dearborn County 4-H & Community Fair
This fair takes place annually at the Lawrenceburg, Indiana Fairgrounds.
Lawrenceburg High School
Residents enjoy attending local high school football games in the fall at Lawrenceburg High. The field is a fun place to meet up with neighbors and cheer on the Tigers! (photo credit: used with permission Lawrenceburg High School)