On Feb. 1, 1788, the legislature appointed commissioners to select a site for the county seat and authorized them to spend up to £250 to build a courthouse and jail. New commissioners were named in 1791, and again in 1792. The next year, Franklin County's first courthouse was completed.
In 1826, the General Assembly authorized a local tax to fund construction of a new courthouse, which was completed in 1826 or 1827. That building was used until the present two-story brick courthouse was constructed in 1906 with Neo-Classical stylistic elements, including columns and buff-colored brick, and still serves as the courthouse today. The courthouse exhibits a Greek Cross plan with entrances on all four sides of the square building.
The courthouse was remodeled in 1958, and the interior was renovated in 1998.
Hours of Operation
Monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Free Parking, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours
Family-friendly, Free Admission
Suitable for Ages