Fort Branch & Haubstadt Public Library

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    • Fort Branch Public Library

      107 E Locust St.
      Fort Branch, IN 47648

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      Phone: 812-753-4212

    • Business Hours

      Mon: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Tues: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Wed: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Thurs: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Fri: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
      Sat: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
      Sunday: Closed

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    • Haubstadt Public Library

      101 W. Gibson St.
      Haubstadt, IN 47639

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      Phone: 812-768-6005

    • Business Hours

      Mon: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Tues: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Wed: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Thurs: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Fri: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
      Sat: Closed
      Sunday: Closed

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Historical Snapshot- The Fort Mural

Jul 10, 2024 | Historical Snapshots

“Mrs. Jack (Sue Massey) Freudenberg was commissioned by The Farmers and Merchants Bank to paint this mural for the new bank building. Mrs. Freudenberg, a housewife and mother of two, took up painting as a hobby and has won recognition in this area for her talent. The mural, 10 ft x 42 in, is done in acrylic and depicts the Fort, built in 1811, for which the town of Fort Branch was named. No actual photograph of the Fort exists. This scene is the artist’s conception, derived from information obtained from the extensive files of Mr. and Mrs. John V. DeLong, Jr., on the subject and further authenticated by research made by Mrs. Freudenberg concerning the customs, furnishings and way-of-life of the time. The old Fort is the focal point. The Branch, or stream, in the foreground lends authority to the scene. The dwellings, blacksmith shop, garden plot, individual family members, animals, birds, fowl and even the cemetery make it possible to envision, with a little imagination, the area as it was in 1811. The mural was finished in June, 1974,” and you can see it at the Fort Branch Public Library in the Lois Kissel Meeting Room.

**Direct quote from “The Fort on a Branch” by John V. DeLong, Jr. (You can find this book at the Fort Branch Public Library in our local history collection.)