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President : Lake Court House Foundation. 

Revered educator, faithful and dedicated preserver of the artifacts of our history, Bruce Woods, used his intellect, energy and wisdom in service to our community. His expertise was sought by the service and civic organizations across Lake County.
His contributions and our gratitude live on.
He stands tall now among his ancestors who from the 1830s have been a part of our evolution to the community we are today.

Obituary for Bruce L. Woods

Bruce L. Woods, age 78 of Merrillville, IN passed away on January 5, 2021. He was a graduate of Merrillville HS class of 1960. He worked at Gary National Bank and attended IUN in Gary. He served in the US Army and then taught at Merrillville High School for almost 30 years. He served on the following: President of the Lake Court House Foundation, Lake County Historical Society, Curator and Director of Lake County Historical Society, Old Homestead Preservation Society, Crown Point Historic Preservation Commission, Merrillville Education Foundation, Merrillville Classroom Teachers Association, Lake County Public Library Board of Trustees, Lt.Gov. Calumet Division of Kiwanis, Merrillville, Gary, and Hammond Kiwanis, Scholarship scoring for Crown Point Community Foundation, Times Editorial Advisory Board, Association of Indiana Museums, Lake Michigan Coastal Advisory, Appointed County Historian, County Historian Preservationist. Bruce received the Legacy of Foundation Volunteer of the Year Award and the Indiana Historical Society’s Hubert Hawkin’s History Award, and volunteered at Harbor Light Hospice and Merrillville and Hobart Meals on Wheels. While teaching high school, he directed plays and was Faculty Advisor for the yearbook and newspaper. As an adult, he acted in numerous plays and performed in musicals and sang in the church choir in high school. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents-Bartlett and Hazel Woods. He is survived by his brothers-Bill and Jerry Woods and sister- Pat (Woods) Carroll. Visitation will be held on Monday January 11, 2021 at Burns Funeral Home, 10101 Broadway, Crown Point from 9 am until the funeral service at 2 pm. Interment at Historic Maplewood, Crown Point. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lake County Historical Museum, 1 Courthouse Square -Suite 205, Crown Point, IN. 46307. Masks and social distancing is required and funeral will be live streamed. www.burnsfuneral.com

Welcome to Crown Point, Indiana

Towering above the square in downtown Crown Point, Indiana, the Lake County Courthouse is still the focal point of this historical area. Today, instead of the Romanesque and Georgian style building being the center of the county government, the “Grand Old Lady” houses shops, the Maki Ballroom, professional offices including photography and architecture, Chamber of Commerce, City Court, and the Lake County Historical Society Museum. Noted by architects as one of the finest architectural expressions in Indiana, the interior as well as the exterior of this 125 year-old building has been faithfully restored to its original grandeur.

The museum houses many historical artifacts and documents that represent the history of Lake County and specifically Crown Point. The museum encompasses approximately 6,000 square feet with collections of clothing, military uniforms, Native American artifacts, tools, photographs, and documents representing every city and town in Lake County.

Recent Events

Rear Admiral William Logan, USNR Retired dropped by with family to the museum. Crown Point HS Class of 65. His last assignment was as Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force, Southwest Asia.

The Courthouse

Along the mall are quaint specialty shops featuring art, candles, children’s clothing, stationery, women’s apparel, clock repair, antiques, candy, gifts, home decor, gourmet foods and kitchenware. This unique shopping experience continues around the Square with a three story antique mall and five additional antique stores. Other unique shops include gift baskets, candies, a coffee house, shoe store, florist and gifts, home decor, and custom jewelry to name a few.

The Grand Old Lady is the Jewel in the Crown of Crown Point, an historic town established in 1834. Around the square is an array of international dining experiences including Greek, Italian, Chinese, Mexican, and English, many in historically-preserved buildings. Whatever your dining pleasure, whether it is for an elegant dinner, a light Victorian Tea Room lunch, or a deli snack, Crown Point is a pleasant experience for everyone.

Several restaurants today occupy restored buildings such as the Old Crown Meat Market, the Main Street Cafe occupying the old Meyers Candy Store, the Great Harvest Bakery and Restaurant in what was once the Horst Hardware, the Registry, a bar and grill in what was the first newspaper, the Register, in Crown Point, Cafe 222 in the old Criminal Courts building which was the site of Dillinger’s arraignment, and Lucretia’s Restorante in the historic Fifield Mansion.

Just off the square next to the Fifield Mansion, the old Sheriff’s house and jail, which briefly held escapee John Dillinger in 1934, remain as a reminder of some of the rich history of this city. In another direction is the Old Homestead, the first clapboard homestead in Lake County built by Wellington Clark. Built in 1847, the cottage-style building remains today, renovated by the Old Homestead Preservation Society.

The Lake County Historical Museum is open
May through October every
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Tours are available by appointment.

Contact Bruce Woods
or call (219)662-3975.


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Or, just a few blocks on South Court Street takes you to the Lake County Fairgrounds, an historic park setting, featuring an old grandstand from the 1800’s as well as a Kennedy Brothers Covered Bridge built in 1875 in Rush County and moved here in 1933, the only authentic covered bridge in Northwest Indiana.


Crown Point is a quaint hometown atmosphere with an abundance of historic architecture. Spend a day in the Hub, the nickname of Crown Point, so named because it was historically the hub of commerce and activity in the county. It remains today as a Hub of entertainment and enjoyment, the CROWN POINT in Indiana.

Visit Crown Point by exiting I-65
at 109th Avenue and proceed
west to Main Street and turn
south, or exit at 231 and
proceed west to the Square.

Click here for map and directions.