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Fulton County Courthouse, Johnstown, NY

Fulton County Courthouse

This is reportedly the oldest active courthouse in the United States. It was built in 1772 with money provided by Sir William Johnson, the founder of Johnstown. Since Johnstown was named the county seat, the state legislature authorized its justices and supervisors to raise a sum not to exceed $1,600 for the purpose of erecting both this building and the jail. Sir William was reimbursed for the funds he had used.

The bricks for the courthouse were brought from England, reaching Albany by boat and being carried the rest of the way in wagons. The courthouse has a rich history with such well known men as Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton having tried cases there.

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