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.

T he 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


  • Annual Quilt Show

  • Dogwood Tour

  • Annual Antique Doll Show

  • Fall Festival

  • Wine Tasting Fundraisers

  • Individual and Group Tours

  • School 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.