Our city is located within 15 minutes of Cincinnati, Ohio. We’re close enough to claim the Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport as a local amenity! We even have our own river. Lawrenceburg is easy to get to, with Interstate 275 is right here.
Are we trying to entice you to pay us a visit? You bet! Please enjoy your visit to our website – we hope to see you in person very soon!
Lawrenceburg enjoys 21st century comfort and resources such as excellent schools, medical facilities, local industry, small-to-large business, employment opportunities, shopping, world-class entertainment, sports and recreation and neighborhoods ranging from in-town to rural communities where a family can grow and thrive.
- Advisory Plan Commission
- Board of Public Works & Safety
- Board of Zoning Appeals
- Lawrenceburg Historic Preservation Commission
- Parks Board
- Redevelopment Commission
- Southeastern Indiana Regional Port Authority
- Utility Service Board
The area containing today’s city of Lawrenceburg began to be settled late in the 1700s by westward-moving settlers using flatboats on the Ohio River. The river played a major role in the early development of the city prior to the 1820s when other means of travel began to develop such as a road, railroad and a canal.
These early settlers were mostly American-born families from eastern states such as Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, later to be joined after the 1820s by an influx of European immigrants from Germany and Ireland. This wave of immigration was a major source of settlers along the Ohio River as the forests, hills and rich soils reminded the newcomers of similar lands back in Europe.
Becoming the Dearborn County Seat
By 1803 Lawrenceburg had attained enough status among the local communities to become the Dearborn county seat. Today’s Dearborn County Courthouse was constructed in the years 1870 and 1871. Two other courthouses preceded the current structure. The building is a beautiful example of neo-classical architecture which was a popular style throughout 19th century America.
A Walk Through Time
For a thorough and highly interesting reading tour of Lawrenceburg’s beautiful historical district and its architectural features, please read “A Walk Through Time (PDF)” as presented by Lawrenceburg Main Street and co-authored by Ms. Chris McHenry.
Lawrenceburg was lightly affected by the Civil War when 2000 Confederate raiders under the command of Colonel John Hunt Morgan passed just north of the city on the most notorious raid into the north en route to threaten Cincinnati.
Our city is proud of its many hundreds of veterans who, over the years have sacrificed their well-being and lives in every branch of service and in every war in which the U.S. has been engaged.
The City of Lawrenceburg enjoys the feel of a relaxed small-town community combined with a great potential for measured growth and development. Visitors can tell immediately that it’s a place well cared for. The citizens have a good reason to be proud. Community volunteerism and participation are evident throughout the City and serve well in presenting Lawrenceburg as a place where people have a true and tested sense of commitment and involvement.
Improving the City
Today the city is visibly active in the spirit of self-improvement – through the expansion or enhancement of existing resources such as the Casino and Racetrack, developing new assets such as community parks and the swim park project and by making those necessary adjustments to carry the changes, such as the Tanners Creek Bridge.
Not all of Lawrenceburg’s assets are tangible. With an excellent and progressive school system and higher education available at the Ivy Tech Community College plus a vast wealth of youth educational grant and scholarships available to qualifying students through the Dearborn Community Foundation and its benefactors, Lawrenceburg proves that it knows the value that today’s youth offers for tomorrow.
The City of Lawrenceburg presents itself as one of the prime locations for prosperous growth in America’s Midwest, offering the most desirable resources in an environment that presents a balanced presence of residential, agricultural, corporate and industrial development, all centered within the web of one of the country’s most traveled interstate transportation networks.
Balance & Growth
But good development requires a good sense of balanced and monitored growth. This is 1 of the main reasons for Lawrenceburg’s success. The city will accept no trade-off between the quality of life for its citizens against the potentials of expanding economic benefit. We know that our people are the key element in what makes a great community healthy – so we keep that in mind as we progress.