The original courthouse, built in 1870 (photo at left), was partially destroyed (the entire third floor) by fire in 1886. It reopened in its current two-story configuration in 1889 and since that time has undergone extensive restorations.
The old Tishomingo County Courthouse in Iuka, Mississippi, plays an important role in the lives of people of this area and has a 146-year history. The land where the old structure now stands was acquired in 1857 from Lemuel Hubbard, a prominent Tishomingo County landowner.
The Old Courthouse is designated a Mississippi Landmark under the provisions of the Mississippi Antiquities Act of 1972. It is also registered in the National Register of Historic Places (#73001026). The original courthouse was an early example of Romanesque Revival architecture with Second Empire style influences.
Our long-term goal is to completely rebuild the third floor and hence provide an elevator for handicap visitor access. The third story was spectacular architecture and unique. Although not restored after the fire, plans are being made to reopen the third floor for public access in the long term future.
The Tishomingo County Historical & Genealogical Society became stewards of the building in 2003. Their mission is to restore the historic Tishomingo County Courthouse to its original grandeur.