Tuesday, November 8, 2016

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. 



26 comments:

  1. Michelle, how about linking this treasure to Tuesday's Treasures!

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  2. Love the image I'm getting of the men from the town gathering here for a bit of a natter Michelle ☺ Super detail shots of the old courthouse.

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  3. WoW!!! they did an amazing job restoring the building!! and another WoW!!! on that cool chain!!!

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  4. Our courthouse is huge and all limestone. Many used to sit around it before they removed some of the good shade trees.

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  5. What a wonderful building in your community. I love it. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. She looks like a sweet old building though I'm sure many a bitter court case took place inside the panelled court room! Love the shot of the chain too!

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  7. It really is a treasure - glad the town has kept it up!

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  8. I can see getting married there!!!

    How incredibly interesting. 50# for each link. whoa!
    Historically beautiful. Loved reading your narrative Michelle as well as the photos.

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  9. I'm fascinated by that chain... great images, I'm so glad the old courthouses been restored and is open to the public!

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  10. i remember you photographing these chains and sharing them here before. so cool.

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  11. Nice that this old building was restored and people can visit.

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  12. What a neat building- and thanks for sharing a bit of the inside, too. Love the chains...I have seen them before, maybe twice in my life, so pretty cool!

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  13. I love old buildings, and am thankful for towns and people who restore them and keep up with maintenance.

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  14. This is so amazing and such a great piece of history. You did it justice.

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  15. The courthouse is one grand old building.

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  16. What a great old building. At first glance, I thought it something from the Civil War period, but it's even earlier than that. Thanks for sharing this.

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  17. Oh how I love this...and the last picture is amazing.

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  18. I just love old buildings of all kinds and this court house no exception. The outside has so much personality and look at all of that REAL wood inside. Oh...the stories behind all of the case tried there...can you just imagine? Thanks for sharing :)

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  19. Beautiful and interesting building . . . :)

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  20. I like to see old buildings restored and kept as reminders of the past.
    Merle..............

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  21. It surely is a treasure...loved seeing it.

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  22. The interior looks especially appealing.

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  23. Strong, simple, functional, unpretentious, unadorned.

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  24. Found your blog through Bloglovin'...it came up as a recommended blog to follow! The name of your blog is very similar to mine, so I had to read!!! :)

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  25. A treasure indeed . . .
    We don't see nteriiors with all the wood . . .and fireplaces today,

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