Ownership of the Carroll County Historical Museum’s collection has changed hands several times since it began in the early 1900s. Over the decades, residents of Carroll County donated historical items to be preserved. This Indiana Museum is housed inside the Carroll County Courthouse in downtown Delphi, Indiana.
Since 2000, more than 100,000 photos have been digitally archived and posted online. The photo preservation initiative is called the Historical Archives Project, and it protects these historic artifacts from aging, for the enjoyment of future generations. The Carroll County Historical Museum is operated by volunteers committed to preserving Indiana history for generations.
The Genealogy Library at the Carroll County Historical Museum attracts researchers, and it’s open 36 hours per week. The project began in 1973, when the historical society started collecting records from local funeral homes, hospitals and the Health Department. Births, marriages and deaths in the county’s recent history are on file at the Carroll County Historical Museum. More than 3,000 books, 14,000 photographs, tons of microfilm, census records, old newspapers and about 150,000 obituaries are in the Genealogy Library for education and research.
A popular exhibit at this Indiana attraction is the Milroy Collection. General Samuel Milroy played a key role in establishing the town of Delphi, Indiana. Milroy was friends with Andrew Jackson, and he attended the Constitutional Convention in 1816. He was a pioneer, lawmaker and politician. Documents including Milroy’s will, hand-written journals, a letter from Andrew Jackson and other artifacts are on display.
Each year, the Carroll County Courthouse Square and Historical Museum celebrate a 153 year old Indiana event. The annual Old Settlers Festival brings in carnival games, entertainment, window displays, crafts and community dinners. A day trip from Indianapolis is ideal during this fall festival.
The Carroll County Historical Museum is located just a few miles from Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University, The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Columbian Park and Tippecanoe Battlefield Park are just a few of the attractions nearby.
Admission to the museum is free, but donations are much appreciated. Hours vary by season, so be sure to plan your day tip from the Circle City in advance.
Carroll County Historical Museum
101 West Main Street
Delphi, Indiana 46923