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Johnson County Indiana

Herriott House, ca. 1860, 696 North Main Street, Franklin, IN, National Register

Photo: Herriott House, ca. 1860, 696 North Main Street, Franklin, IN. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Photographed by User:Nyttend (own work), 2010, [cc0-by-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed August, 2013.

Johnson County administrative offices are located at 86 West Court Street, Franklin, IN 46131; phone: 317-346-4700.

Beginnings [1]

Johnson County was settled early in the 19th Century and became an agricultural and manufacturing center. The earliest settlement was in the southern half of the county and Edinburgh was the first town in the county. Johnson County was officially formed on December 31, 1822 and had a population of 550 at the time.

Franklin became the county seat. Interurban service was available beginning in 1900 from Greenwood to Indianapolis. In 1901 service was extended to Franklin, and by 1902 the Interurban reached Edinburgh.

Several properties in the county are on the National Register of Historic Places. These buildings serve as examples and reminders of the county's rich history and should continue to be preserved with respect for that history. They include:

  • Franklin College library (Shirk Hall)
  • Franklin College Old Main
  • Herriott House (696 North Main, Franklin)
  • Johnson County Courthouse Square

Within the cities and towns, several historic districts have been established to protect and celebrate the history of the area. The Greenwood Commercial, Martin Place (Franklin), Franklin Westside, Franklin Commercial, Franklin Southside, Indiana Masonic Home (Franklin), Franklin Northside, Franklin Eastside, Franklin College, Edinburgh Commercial, Tilford (Edinburgh), and Toner (Edinburgh) historic districts are locally designated areas for historic preservation.

  1. Johnson County Indiana Plan Commission, Plan the Land 2030: Johnson County Comprehensive Plan, 2011,, accessed June, 2012.
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