Located in southeastern Russell Township, Blakesburg was one of the first settled communities in Putnam County. It had the second post office in the county, after Greencastle and was on one of the early tavern roads, which connected the taverns, or inns, of the communities. A history of Blakesburg by John Guilliams reported in the July 8, 1913 edition of the Greencastle Herald noted that the main road between Danville and Rockville in the early days passed through Blakesburg.
One of the first non-natives to come to the area that would become Blakesburg was John Fosher. His father, Daniel Fosher, had come to America as an aide to his older brother, who was a Hessian hired by the English in fighting the Colonies during the Revolutionary War. He was with the British and Hessian encampment when Washington crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Eve, 1776, capturing those forces. The Hessians who were