Wordless Wednesday: Randolph County Courthouse in Winchester

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Wordless Wednesday: Randolph County Courthouse in Winchester

I have seen many courthouses while traveling the state but I’ve gotta tell you that the Randolph County Courthouse in Winchester, Indiana ranks high on my list of favorites! Since it is Wordless Wednesday again, I will try to keep it brief.

This is stately and stunning and oh so unique! It’s hard to believe that people wanted to tear it down to the ground. But, that is exactly what almost happened–thank goodness for the Calendar GirlsRandolph County Board of Commissioners voted to destroy the incredible 130 year old building back in 2005. A group of seven silver-haired bridge players decided that enough was enough–they were not going to give in so easy!

So, they gathered together, making a bold move to bare it all for a calendar! Well, almost all anyway due to strategically positioned mini porcelain replicas of the Randolph County Courthouse. These women aged in range from 77 — 94. I love that they took matters into their own hands. They weren’t going to sit idly by, ho-humming at the loss of a town icon and an irreplaceable piece of history. They recognized the importance of this downtown building and knew it needed to be saved! I think we can all learn something from that.

Interestingly enough, the government website mentions the courthouse, and that it had a bit of renovation, but neglects the rest of the story! It is sincerely unfortunately when “people in power” cannot see what makes their town amazing. I would have traveled to Winchester just to see this beautiful building alone. After a look at the images below, I think you will agree.

Randolph County Courthouse

Randolph County Courthouse in Winchester, Indiana

Randolph County Courthouse in Winchester, Indiana

Randolph County Courthouse in Winchester, Indiana

Randolph County Courthouse in Winchester, Indiana

Randolph County Courthouse in Winchester, Indiana

Randolph County Courthouse in Winchester, Indiana

Randolph County Courthouse in Winchester, Indiana

Randolph County Courthouse in Winchester, Indiana

Randolph County Courthouse in Winchester, Indiana

Randolph County Courthouse in Winchester, Indiana

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Randolph County Courthouse
100 S Main Street
Winchester, IN 47394

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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."

4 Comments

  1. Jessica Nunemaker August 3, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    I KNOW! It just makes me so mad when I think of it. So glad they developed a way to save it!

  2. Jane Lord July 26, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Can’t believe in 2005 people wanted to tear down this beautiful courthouse! Cheers for the ladies!

  3. Jessica Nunemaker December 19, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Hi Kayleen. I wrote for VI as well. There is a search bar located at the very top of the page on the right and almost the full length down the page (in the sidebar on the left). I have not made a visit to Bluffton yet. YET! Yes, that’s on the list now, too. Thanks for the heads-up! 🙂

  4. Kayleen Reusser December 18, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Hi! I live in Bluffton IN. Have you written about this town? I looked for a Search button but didn’t find one. The Ouabache State Park is the only state park in IN to have buffalo. We also have a Bummie Drive In that has been around for 50+ years. Our city parks department was just awarded best parks department in the state! Washington St Inn is a great B&B. Coco Buffet (Chinese) was rated #1 among the Ft Wayne area Chinese restaurants. I write for Visit Indiana blog and really believe in the value of small Hoosier towns like you do!

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