The Old Courthouse
Several days ago I posted a picture of the rear of this historic courthouse. This building garnered much interest from readers, as she does from people who visit my small town.
The construction was completed in 1803 and local limestone was used. Though the bell is not in a tower anymore, it is sitting in front of the courthouse, as you can see in this picture. You can still ring it, as many students do when they visit. A chain is fitted around the perimeter of this building and each link weighs around 50 pounds. Men used to gather and sit next to the chains to exchange town news and gossip.
The interior of the building was restored in 1974. All work and details are as close to the original plan as possible. Two jury rooms are in the upstairs portion of the building. A working fireplace sits on the left hand side of this photo, with the staircase on the right.
1933 was the last year this building was used as a courthouse.
Today it is open to the public and school groups visit to learn of our small town's history.
On occasion weddings and relevant town ceremonies are hosted here.
Through the work of civic and history minded people, this building remains a centerpiece of this town.
Linking today with Tuesday's Treasures.