County Historical Museum
Ideally located in the Old Lake
County Courthouse, The Lake County Historical Museum showcases a variety of memorabilia
representing the origination of Lake County and its developing years. Featured are
artifacts that stand as a reminder of earlier ways of life in Lake County: farm
implements, clothing, musical devices.
The Lake County Historical Museum features unique Lake County artifacts, including the
enormous clerk's desk where several famous people such as Rudolph Valentino received license
to marry in Crown Point, Indiana. Also available for viewing are the family Bibles
of Mariah Evans Robinson (wife of Crown Point founder Solon Robinson) and of Reverend
Timothy Ball. Another feature is a full-size replica of the canoe that the French
explorer LaSalle used for explorations; this replica canoe was used in an actual voyage in
1976 which re-enacted LaSalle's exploration. A Washington Printing Press, the last
edition of the Guttenburg Press, is also displayed.
Providing tours for the not-for-profit museum is Ruth
Jones, manager of the museum for three years and secretary to the Lake County Historical
Society for five years. Bruce Woods is the President of the historical society and
director of the museum.
The Lake County Historical Museum is open to
every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. during the months of May
Tours outside of this schedule (or for groups) can be scheduled by calling (219)
Donations for admission are $1.00 adults, $0.50 children.
Lake County Historical Museum
Old Lake Courthouse
Courthouse Square Suite 202
Crown Point, IN 46307
The Victorian Room