For example, there are two cannons that sit in front of the Clay County Courthouse, looking north across United States 40.
"People stop and look at the cannons," Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown said. "They check out the memorials and look at the dome. They want to know if they can take pictures in the building."
Brown said he takes time out of his schedule to give tours throughout the courthouse and its grounds for people who are interested.
But the cannons are starting to show their age. And Brown wants to refurbish them.
"It's a concern," he said. "It's sad to see the way they have deteriorated."
Brown said approximately 10 years ago, the cannons that sit in front of the courthouse were refurbished. However, they need it once more.
"The wood was not treated," Brown said. "I'd say that 75 percent of that cannon is wood.
"I've watched them for the last five years get in the condition they are. I've seen people sit their kids up on them and it scares the Dickens out of me."
Brown said the cannon on the eastside of the lawn looking at U.S. 40 is in the worst shape.
"I've brought it up with some people," he said. "I'm just trying to get a price. That's what I'm working on."
Brown estimated the cost to repair the wheels on the cannons at $500 each. He said an approximate cost for the entire project may be close to $3,000.
Brown, an amateur historian, has great interest in the cannons.
"Those cannons have been in front of the courthouse since I was a kid," he said. "Fifty years ago, I moved here from Alabama. I remember them from then."
He said he believes the cannons are pre-Civil War weapons.
Currently, one of the cannons is taped off from the public. The majority of people he has spoken to have said they believe the cannons need refurbishing.
"People pay a lot of money in taxes," he said. "You'd hate to hit them up again for additional money.
"This is a priority to me," he added. "This is extremely important. That's part of our heritage. That's what we pass on to other generations."
Brown said he is interested in possibly setting up an advisory board to look into the project and would entertain suggestions from the community regarding the cannons. For more information or to express interest in the cannons, call Brown at 812-239-3920.