Shelby County is named for Isaac Shelby, who was a Revolutionary soldier from Tennessee and governor of Kentucky from 1792 to 1796 and 1812 to 1816.
Created: March 17, 1836
Shelbyville 1837 – 1866
Center 1866 – present
Old County Courthouse – Center
Location: Courthouse Square / Shelbyville Street
Built: 1883 – 1885
Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: John Joseph Emmett Gibson
Contractor: John Joseph Emmett Gibson
Description: The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of Courthouse Square in the center of the city. The building resembles an Irish castle with chimneys. The north front has a projecting two story center section. On the center of the roof is a square wood cupola. The large courtroom occupies the entire second story. The building was restored in 1999. The architect was The Williams Company and the contract was White Stone Contractors. At the northwest side of Courthouse Square is the old County Jail built by John Joseph Emmett Gibson in 1885.
Note: The first court met in Shelbyville in 1837. The county sear was moved to Center in 1866 and a courthouse was built. The courthouse burned in 1882. The previous courthouse was constructed at a cost of $26,725.
County Courthouse – Center
Location: 200 San Antonio Street / Houston Street
Description: The building faces east and is a three story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located in the center of the city and is a former bank building that was remodeled in 1992. The east front has an overhang at the first story entrance and above is a large two story window. The architect was Scott and Strong and the contractor was Franklin Pigg.
N – Panola County
Old County Courthouse
Old County Jail
Photos taken 2010