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Martin County

Martin County is named for John T Martin, who was from Newport, Kentucky


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Greene County

E – Lawrence County and Orange County

S – Dubois County

W – Davies County


Created:  January 17, 1820                                                        Map of Indiana highlighting Martin County

County Seat:

Hindostan                             1820 – 1828

Mount Pleasant                    1828 – 1844

Memphis                              1844

Harrisonville                         1844 – 1845

Hillsborough ( Dover Hill )    1845 – 1869

West Shoals                         1869 – 2000

Shoals                                  2000 – present


County Courthouse – Shoals


Location:  111 Main Street / 2nd Street

Built:  1981 – 1982

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Midwestern Engineers, Inc. of  Loogootee


Description: The building faces east and is a two story concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Shoals. The building was constructed as the Old National Bank buildingn sold to the county in 1999 and converted to the courthouse in 2000. The east front is glass but the building has no windows at the front or along the sides. The building extends down a hill creating two stories. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 25th Judicial District. 


Old County Courthouse – West Shoals



Location:  220 Capital Avenue / Maple Street

Built:  1875 – 1876

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  William George

Contractor:  Travis Carter and Benjamin Carter of Seymour


Description: The building faces south and is a two story white-gray colored brick, stucco and wood structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of West Shoals. The south front has an arched entrance on the first story with a small balcony above on the second story. The second story windows are arched. At the front of the roof is a large square cupola which rises in tiers to a dome at the top. In the interior, the first story hallway runs north-south. There are stone floors and plaster walls and ceiling. Matching curved staircases ascend from the entrance lobby. The second story has the “T” shaped courtroom. The building now houses the Martin County Historical Museum.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Martin County Courthouse


See:  The 25th Judicial District includes Davies County, Dubois CountyKnox CountyPerry County, Pike County and Spencer County.


History:  The county was created in 1820 and Hindostan was selected as the county seat. The county seat was moved to Mount Pleasant in 1828. The first courthouse was a brick structure erected in 1829. The county seat was moved to Halberts Bluff, Memphis and West Shoals and then to Harrisonville in 1844. The county seat was moved to Hillsborough and Dover Hill in 1845. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1846. The county seat was moved to West Shoals in 1869. The third courthouse was built in 1871 at a cost of $29,000 but was destroyed by fire. The fourth courthouse was built in 1876 to 1877 at a cost of $8,588 and is still standing. The fifth and present courthouse is a converted bank building constructed in 1982 and converted for use as the courthouse in 2000.



County Courthouse – Shoals









Old County Courthouse – West Shoals









Photos taken 2008 and 2012