Edwards County

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Edwards County is named for Ninian Edwards, who was a Governor of the Illinois Territory from 1809 to 1818 and Governor of the State of Illinois from 1826 to 1830.


Created:  November 28, 1814

County Seat:

Palmyra  1814 – 1821

Albion      1821 – present


County Courthouse – Albion


Location:  50 East Main Street / North 4th Street

Built:  1853 – 1854

Style:  Georgian Revival

Architect:  Elias Weaver of Harmonie, Indiana.

Contractor:  Elias Weaver of Harmonie, Indiana.


Description: The building faces south and  is a three story red colored brick structure. The south front has a small portico supported by two columns. The center front extends from the main building and rises to the third story. The east and west sides are two story and the main building behind rises to three stories. On the center of the roof is a square white cupola with clock and steep roof. In 1887, the building was condemned and then remolded during 1887 to 1888. The architect was McDonald Brothers of Louisville, Kentucky and the contractor was Joseph Harris and Sons. Only a small section of the 1853 building remains consisting of a portion of the wall in the southwest corner. On the north side is a new two story addition built in 1996 to 1997. The architect was Garrison-Jones Architects Inc. of Carbondale and the contractor was Floyde Black Construction of Mount Vernon. On the east side is the old Sheriff’s Residence.



N – Richland County 

E – Wabash County

S – White County

W – Wayne County




















Photos taken 2008 and 2012