Earlier this month, a Martin County community was recognized for a prestigious regional award.

The Community Legacy Award, which is awarded annually to a community that is found to be outstanding in preserving, enhancing and promoting its heritage, was presented to the county seat of Shoals.

Shoals is located along Indiana’s US 50 Historical Pathway and was named as the seat of Martin County government in 1844. There are currently 760 residents in Shoals.

The town conducted a survey back in 2004 in order to find ways to revitalize and restore the downtown area. Changes made since that time include the widening of Main Street, new sidewalks being built, the installation of benches and streetlights, and new landscaping.

The award includes a 1 thousand dollar cash prize. The town plans to use those funds to construct a covered shelter on the lawn of the Martin County Museum. The museum came about through the work of the Martin County Historical Society, which was founded in 1937 by residents seeking to preserve the county’s history. The museum is located in the old Martin County Courthouse at Shoals and houses old photos, history books, clothing, letters, and other historical artifacts from the county.

Shoals joins Bedford, Ferdinand, Newburgh, Orleans, Tell City, and West Baden Springs among others that have received this award.