Decatur County Courthouse in Greensburg or What’s Up With That Tree?

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Decatur County Courthouse in Greensburg or What’s Up With That Tree?

Decatur County Courthouse Tree in Greensburg, Indiana

Decatur County Courthouse Tree in Greensburg, Indiana


The Decatur County Courthouse in Greensburg, Indiana certainly has a unique feature.

It’s not the great shops that lie around it, nor is it the lovely architecture. No, this Decatur County Courthouse boasts a tree growing out of the top of it!

Decatur County Courthouse Tree

Decatur County Courthouse Tree in Greensburg, Indiana

Decatur County Courthouse Tree in Greensburg, Indiana


So–what’s with the tree? To answer that question, you have to go back a few years. Many years.

A very long time ago, what most folks agree was around 1870, a tree was noted to be sprouting on top of the very tall courthouse roof.

But the Decatur County Courthouse roof did not sustain just one tree at the time–it had five!  The roots of a tree can do a fair amount of damage–so all but one of the trees was removed to keep the building from getting destroyed.

Greensburg, Indiana Unique Attraction

The tree you see on top of the Decatur County Courthouse is not the tree from 1870. After the tree grows for a time, it does wither and die. Apparently, the roof can only support a tree that’s only so large. Whether it’s due to lack of space, lack of nutrients, or something else, I cannot say.

But don’t worry–a new tree always sprouts up in its place, keeping watch over the small Indiana town like those who have come before.

No one is sure exactly how the tree got up there or how it sustains itself–though my guess to its birth would include birds. In fact, if you look very, very carefully, you may be able to see the flock of birds passing by the stately courthouse in my image that is located on the bottom left.

Go There

Decatur County Courthouse Tree in Greensburg, Indiana

Decatur County Courthouse Tree in Greensburg, Indiana


It’s certainly unusual. Go check out the sprawling Mulberry Tree for yourself.

Greensburg, Indiana is an awesome Indiana town–and the Decatur County Courthouse on its own is something to see–add in a neat story that has spanned more than a hundred years and a towering tree and, well, it’s a “must go!”

Small Towns: Destinations, not Drive-Thrus! I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is little Indiana!

Just don’t forget to tell ’em that  little Indiana sent you!

Decatur County Courthouse
150 Courthouse Square
Greensburg, Indiana 47240
812.663.8223

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Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little Indiana.com. More than a website, Little Indiana is a book, "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" (IU Press) awarded first place in the "Best in Indiana Journalism for a Nonfiction Book" by the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Little Indiana is also a bi-monthly newspaper column in a local paper and a PBS segment on the former Emmy award-winning program, "The Weekly Special."

6 Comments

  1. Jessica Nunemaker January 7, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Oh those sound wonderful! 🙂 Thank you for sharing your memories.

  2. Jessica Nunemaker January 7, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Neat! It’s a nice town. 🙂

  3. Betty Heath-Sapiano January 4, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    I was born in Greensburg in 1955 and lived there until I was 12 years old. and love it still. I love to come to town when I’m there and stop and look at the tree in the tower of the court house. I have 2 hand painted post cards of the original court house. I miss being there over the years and seeing the changes going on.

    Betty Heath-Sapiano

  4. Jessica Nunemaker January 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    It is a great little town! That tree is something else. I love a town with a story! 🙂

  5. Whosyergurl January 6, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Greensburg isn’t far from where I was born and raised. (New Castle, IN) That tree was up there for as long as I remember and each and every time we would pass by, I would twist my neck and crane my head to see that tree. Greensburg is a great little town.
    Cheryl

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