Old Courthouse Museum
The Old Courthouse Museum opened in 2003 under the auspices of the Tishomingo County Historical & Genealogical Society. The museum features numerous items on display including Native American artifacts, artifacts from the Civil War battle that took place here in Iuka in September 1862, and antique tools and other items found in a blacksmith's shop. The museum regularly changes its displays as it acquires new items, allowing visitors to experience new things over multiple visits. There is also a research library and archives.
Backstory and Context
The building was originally constructed in 1870 as a beautiful, three-story Romanesque Revival structure. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed the third floor, and the city was forced to reopen the building with two floors in 1889. The courthouse has been an important focal point for the city; various public events, including speeches and public hangings, have taken place here. The building has undergone many changes over the years including an annex in the 1930s.
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3. Photo: Skye Marthaler, via Wikimedia Commons
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