State to honor William Cotton


The State of Indiana is commemorating one of its founders, William Cotton, who is buried in Switzerland County.

Tomorrow (Friday, June 24th), a ceremony to honor Cotton will be held at Mount Sterling (Cotton Family) Cemetery, which is located north of Vevay off of Bennington Pike. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., and is open to the public.

On June 10th, 1816, 43 men gathered in Corydon to decide the fate of Indiana statehood and draft the state’s first constitution. William Cotton played a significant role in the founding of Indiana.

“Cotton helped shape Indiana as well as Switzerland County and his contributions were significant to Indiana’s birth and development,” said State Archivist Jim Corridan.

The event is a program of the Indiana Archives and Records Administration (IARA) who has worked with local partners in Switzerland County. From June 9 to June 29, the remaining constitutional delegates buried in Indiana will be honored.

To access the site from Vevay, take highway 56 to Mount Sterling, then go left onto Bennington Pike, and then turn left at the sign to the event after crossing the bridge. There will be signs directing cars to the site.