COUNTY ORGANIZED: 1836
COUNTY NAMED FOR:
Isaac Shelby, United States Revolutionary soldier from Tennessee.
COUNTY SEATS: Two -
COUNTY SEAT NAMED FOR: It's location at the center of the county.
COURTHOUSES: Four - 183?, 1867, 1885, and 1992. The 1867 courthouse in Center, along with all county records, was destroyed by fire in 1882. A new courthouse, modeled on an Irish castle, was completed in 1885.
STANDING: Two -
- 1885 courthouse in a picturesque Romanesque Revival style with turrets and a frame cupola.
In 1999, a restoration project of the 1885
courthouse, now used as a museum, was completed.
However, the second floor court room is still
used occasionally to accommodate larger crowds. NOTE: This building is similar
to the 1885 Panola County
Courthouse in Carthage that is no longer
- 1992 renovated bank building of Modern style
built of brick.
RENOVATION: Complete -