As a Mount Vernon, Illinois attorney, I travel throughout the state practicing law and meeting with clients about topics ranging from bankruptcy to estate law, from divorce to litigation. In my travels, I enjoy seeing the courthouses in our county seats. Occasionally in my blog I will stop to describe these wonderful buildings and the towns and cities in which they set.
Edwards County, Illinois was founded in 1815, before Illinois became a state, and encompassed the northern and central portion of Illinois. By 1821 it had been carved to its present location plus what is now Wabash County.
“In 1821, the county seat of Edwards County was moved from Palmyra to Albion. However, residents of Mount Carmel felt their town should be the county seat. Four companies of militia marched from Mount Carmel towards Albion to seize the county documents stored in the courthouse. The situation was eventually resolved in 1824 by separating Wabash County from Edwards County at Bonpas Creek. The resulting counties remain two of the smallest in Illinois.”
Albion was founded in 1818 made the county seat six years later. The familiar green town limit sign says the population is 2,000. The 2010 census says the population is a more exact 1,988. Abraham Lincoln once visited: per the Illinois Historical Marker near the school, Lincoln “(s)poke in the oak grove of General William Pickering north of here in the presidential campaign of 1840. He was stumping southern Illinois as a Whig elector for General William Henry Harrison in the Tippecanoe and Tyler Too campaign. In 1861 Lincoln appointed Pickering Governor of Washington Territory.”
The Courthouse was built in 1888 and is the third courthouse to set on its current site. The town square is lined with antique shops, attorneys and doctor’s offices, title companies and (about a block away) a Chinese restaurant! It is nice to see an active downtown in a small town.
The parking lot surrounding the courthouse is brick-lined. There is a huge grandstand in the southeast corner of the courthouse grounds. The grounds also contain the sheriff’s office and the historical society.
The courthouse itself is a large brick building topped by a clock tower. It would fit in nicely at Colonial Williamsburg. The southern part of the courthouse still retains its old charm – creaking and winding staircases and that “old building smell” familiar to anyone who tours eighteenth century buildings.
The northern section of the building was added in 1983 and is thoroughly modern – the courtroom is spacious and comfortable.
Oddly I have not appeared in Edwards County as an attorney often. But I do enjoy wandering the beautiful courthouse – both inside and outside!
About the blogger:
Michael Curry of Curry Law Office in Mount Vernon, Illinois (http://michaelcurrylawoffice.com/) has helped thousands of individuals, family and small businesses in southern Illinois find protection under the Bankruptcy Code for almost twenty-five years. He is also available to help individuals and families with their estate planning (wills, power-of-attorney) and real estate and other sales transactions.
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