Community Profile: Hanover, Indiana

By Ken Carlson

Hanover, Indiana has several claims to fame, but one of the most celebrated is undoubtedly Logan’s Point or more commonly “The Point.” Located on the campus of Hanover College, the Point is the only place along the Ohio River that three of the river’s bends can be viewed from one location. This picturesque spot is one of the most frequently painted and photographed natural landscapes in Indiana.

View of the river valley from Logan's Point
Ohio River view from Hanover College. Photo by sshreeves, CC-BY 2.0.

The Shawnee native people were thought to be the predominant inhabitants of the Hanover area until the early nineteenth century, when Captain George Logan passed through the area on a barge loaded with produce and headed for New Orleans. The year was 1801, and Logan was so taken by the beauty of the area that he vowed to return. He made good on that promise 14 years later after Judge Williamson Dunn had already purchased the land in this region from the federal government and established Dunn’s Settlement, which would soon come to be known as Hanover.

Logan returned to the point he loved so well and settled down. A steady flow of settlers followed Dunn and Logan, most of whom were Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. These early settlers largely emigrated from Ireland to Virginia, then to Kentucky, and finally to the Hanover area. Students at Hanover College, founded in 1827, now enjoy Captain Logan’s view throughout the school year.

Clifty Falls State Park is another beautiful landmark in the area. The park is located near Hanover and Madison, a neighboring town founded in 1809 and home to buildings of architectural renown. The park’s waterfalls change moods with the weather and the seasons and can range from roaring plunges to delicate mists to gleaming frozen titans. Winter and spring visits reveal the falls at their best.

The rugged splendor of Clifty Canyon offers exciting year-round hiking and scenery, and Clifty Creek’s stony bed is littered with fossil remnants telling of a long vanished marine ecosystem that teemed with life and included ancient corals, ancestral squids, brachiopods, and more. Check it out!

Waterfall in Clifty Falls State Park
Clifty Falls State Park. Photo by Mark Moschell, CC BY-2.0.

Fun Fact

Woody Boyd, the fictional bartender in the TV show Cheers, was born and raised in Hanover according to the show. However Woody Harrelson, the actor who played Woody Boyd, was actually born in Midland, Texas and grew up in Lebanon, Ohio. But Harrelson did graduate in 1983 from Hanover College as an English major with a minor in Theatre. He recently was honored by the college with an Honorary Doctoral Degree for his illustrious career.

Community Partner

Hanover College is a private liberal arts institution that overlooks the Ohio River from one of the nation’s most scenic campuses. It was founded in 1827 and is Indiana’s oldest private college. Hanover’s curriculum offers an interdisciplinary approach to more than 30 majors—including the opportunity to design one’s own major. Hanover boasts core strengths in the sciences, including pre-med, environmental science, exercise science, and psychology, as well as education and business.

Residency Dates

Baladino | September 29-October 5, 2013
Le Vent du Nord | January 19-25, 2014
Shanren | November 2-8, 2014
Paulo Padilha and Group | March 8-14, 2015


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