Vandalia, Indiana Historic One-Room School

Vandalia is situated in the northeastern part of Lafayette Township. It was laid off into lots in February 1839, by Joseph Cochran and Jacob Hicks. Among the first settlers in the town were John Hoagland and Washington Walgamott. The first store was kept by James Black who sold goods for about three years and did a large business. Other early merchants were James Allender, Edward Maxey, William Davis, Jacob Everly, Lorenzo Coats, George Troth, Jacob Oberholser. An early hotel was kept by James Davis who was also the first postmaster. In the late 19th century, the town included a general store, a large blacksmith shop, a schoolhouse and three churches.