Perry County Olde Courthouse Museum
|Built in 1896, it is made of pressed yellow brick with trim of Bedford limestone. The courthouse was built to replace the first courthouse at Cannelton, which was in a house remodeled for the hasty move of the county seat from Rome in 1859. The building cost $30,000 which was raised by Cannelton citizens and given to the county.
The PERRY COUNTY MUSEUM is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of local history and artifacts.
The museum is located in the former Perry County Court House at Seventh and Taylor Streets, Cannelton, IN. The mailing address is P.O. Box 36, Cannelton, IN 47520. The phone number is 812-547-3190.
The museum is open on Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and at other times by appointment, by calling the above number or 547-5568. Bus tours are encouraged.
Exhibits currently open and under development include:
Early Perry County Farm life
Coal- Clay - Cotton Textile Industries
Native American Artifacts
Civil War and Other War Memorabilia
Perry County Fossils and Minerals
Blacksmith Shop - Carpenter's Shop - Stone Mason's exhibit
"The Victorian Parlor" of 1870
Oral History and Genealogy Repository
Media Center - Reference Books on River History and Steamboats
Military References - Early Perry County Maps
Antique Photograph Collection
ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
Annual Quilt Show
Annual Antique Doll Show
Wine Tasting Fundraisers
Individual and Group Tours
Meeting Space for Civic and Social Organizations
Promotion of Local Art Talent
Chuck Poehlein is the Curator. Lee Litherland is Acquisitions Director.
The museum is located on SR66, designated a National Scenic Highway. I-64 runs east-west just 25 miles away.