Location: 810 Conner Street
What: Sheriff's Residence and Jail
Style and History: Built by Willams, Gigger and Durfee in 1875, this
structure is an excellent example of the Second Empire style. The two
distinct parts of the building-the residence and the jail-are obvious
through the use of different building materials, limestone for the jail and
brick for the residence.
Notable among the jails "guests" were D.C. Stephenson, Grand
Dragon of the Indiana Ku Klux Klan in 1925, Robert and Willadene Worting,
check forgers from the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List in 1953, and a teenage
Charles Manson, who later went on to become one of the most notorious
murderers in the 1970's.
Current Use: With the construction of a new county jail, in July of 1979 the
Hamilton County Historical Society leased the jail from the County
Commissioners for the purpose of creating a County Museum and Archives.
Within the same building, visitors can view a well-appointed Victorian
parlor and bedroom.
Recent projects supervised by the Historical Society include
replacement of the slate roof and painting and decorating the residence's
The Historical Society Museum is open Thursday-Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM.