The Grounds

Since 1839, the Courthouse Square has been the hub of Berrien Springs and the heart of Berrien County, first as the county’s first government complex and later as a school, church, and now as a historic site.  While on the grounds, you can explore the communities of our county, step back into the days of the pioneers, and even test your strength in our forge.  No matter what you are looking for, the History Center at Courthouse Square has it all.  Learn more about our historic buildings and how they came to be part of the Courthouse Square.

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1839 Courthouse

The oldest of its kind left in the state of Michigan, the 1839 Courthouse is home to our permanent exhibits and On the Docket Books & Gifts. Explore its history here.

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Murdock Log Cabin

The fifth oldest home in the state of Michigan, this two story log cabin is a rarity with only a handful of its kind still left and the oldest still in its original form.  Explore its history here.

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Residence & Jail Plaza

Now home to the BCHA’s permanent exhibits, the long arm of the law once tread the halls of the Sheriff’s Residence.  Explore its history here.

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Records Building

Currently closed to the public, this building will one day house the BCHA’s growing collections and archives as well as temporary exhibit space and more.  Until then, explore its history here.

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Bennett's Forge

The newest building on the grounds, Bennett’s Forge is the future home of the BCHA’s planned artisan center.  But before we get there, learn where we been by exploring its history here.