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Parke County

Parke County is named for Benjamin Parke, who was the commander of a troop of light Dragoons at the Battle of Tippecanoe and he was a delegate of the Indiana Territory to the United States Congress.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Fountain County and Montgomery County 

E – Montgomery County and Putnam County

S – Clay County and Vigo County

W – Vermillion County

 

Created:  January 9, 1821                                                          Map of Indiana highlighting Parke County

County Seat: 

Roseville      1821 – 1822

Armiesburg  1822 – 1824

Rockville      1824 – present

 

County Courthouse – Rockville

 

Location:  116 West High Street / South Jefferson Street

Built:  1879 – 1882

Style:  Second Empire

Architect:  Thomas J Tolan & Brentwood Tolan of Fort Wayne

Contractor:  W H Myers of Fort Wayne

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story gray colored limestone structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Town Square in the center of Rockville. The foundation is native sandstone. The center section on the north and south sides has a portico with three arches on the first story and balcony above. Two columns rise to a small pediment at the roof line. Windows on the first story segmental-arched and round-arched on the second story. On the center of the roof is a high tower with hemispherical dome and clock and small cupola at the top. The roof has dormer windows.  A wide entablature with dentils and modillions extends around the top of the building. In the interior is a cross hall plan on the first story with patterned floor and staircase. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial District. 

 

See:  The architect,  Brentwood S Tolan of Fort Wayne also designed courthouses in Allen CountyKosciusko CountyLaGrange CountyLaPorte County and Whitley County.

 

See:  The 11th Judicial District includes Fountain CountyMontgomery County, Vermillion County and Warren County.

 

.History:  The county was created in 1821 and Roseville was selected as the county seat. In 1822 the county seat was moved to Armiesburg. In 1824 the county seat was moved to Rockville. The first courthouse was a log structure built in 1826 on the Town Square. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1832. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1879 to 1882 at a cost of $79,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Rockville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008