Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles

Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles

Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles, Indiana

Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles, Indiana Exterior


Built in 1861, the Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles, Indiana is still a commanding presence over the quaint downtown.

Surrounded by trees and green, green grass, the golden clock tower (added in memorial in the 1930’s) certainly stands out and demands attention!

Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles, Indiana

This Greek Revival styled Indiana courthouse is a lovely building.

There’s more than pretty landscaping on the outside! You’ll find an impressive war memorial. Sleek and shiny, it pays tribute to the military veterans of Ripley County.

A brick pathway leading to the front entrance of the courthouse contains numerous engravings from folks in the area.

Inside the Ripley County Courthouse

Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles, Indiana

Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles, Indiana Interior


But inside the Ripley County Courthouse you will find a well-kept building with a unique attraction!
There’s a tree in here! No, it’s not a different take on the Greensburg, Indiana courthouse tree, but a ¬†wooden tree featuring people and places that have made Ripley County what it is today.

It’s the well-known and loved town landmarks like Tyson Temple, Busching Covered Bridge, and Weberding’s Woodcarving Shop (all of which can be found on little Indiana if you browse the Versailles, Indiana category).

It’s the people: Miriam Mason, James Tyson, and Barbara Fox. Town history makes an appearance with the early settlers and Native Americans, the Hanging Tree, Pompeii’s Pillar, and the Carnegie Library.

There’s many, many names and places.

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Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles, Indiana

Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles, Indiana Wood Tree


This small Indiana town is doing a nice job of embracing their past and sharing it with the present. The wooden courthouse tree is a unique feature found inside the Ripley County Courthouse and one I urge you to visit!

Don’t overlook the county courthouse–you don’t know what you might find!

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!

Ripley County Courthouse
115 N. Main Street
PO Box 235
Versailles, Indiana 47042

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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."

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