Franklin County Seminary

The Franklin County Seminary opened in 1831 as part of a mandate in Indiana’s 1816 Constitution for each county to have a seminary. The concept of a publicly supported secondary educational system in the United States under a state-wide program was first conceived in Indiana under this county seminary system. The county seminary was to be the second level of public education, with common schools and a state seminary completing the constitutional requirements. The Franklin County Seminary serves as a physical link to this area of secondary educational history. It closed as a county seminary by mandate of the 1851 Indiana Constitution as emphasis shifted to common schools. The seminary was placed on the National Register in 1974.


Franklin County Seminary

Franklin County Seminary

Source: Courtesy of Indiana DNR View File Details Page

Street Address:

412 E 5th Street, Brookville, IN 47012 [map]

Cite this Page:

Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, “Franklin County Seminary,” Discover Indiana, accessed October 19, 2018,

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