Interview with: Mr. Noel Levee, Johnstown City Historian
Interviewed by: Ryan
Callery, Cassie Cirillo, Justine Case, Christopher Lavigne, Jennifer
Jurica and Deb Callery
Interview date: April 24, 2001
of audio excerpt:
Just like the (Fulton County) jail, the courthouse was built in 1772.
I believe it was probably completed, the way the books read, it was
probably completed sooner than the jail was. Although the first trial
that was held in there, the building was still being worked on even
though they held court there.
Of course, it
goes back to the same idea, we split from Albany County, we became
Tryon County. (Sir William) Johnson footed the money for the courthouse
and the jail.
The brick, an
old rumor was the brick had come from Holland, that used to be an
old thing that a lot of people's houses in Albany, Schenectady and
Saratoga imported brick from Holland to be shipped over I the bottom
of boats. Supposedly, they don't think this is true. Because there
was already a brickmaker by the name of Quackenbush right here in
town and he had a brick foundry and the brick came from there. That
would make more sense to have somebody make brick locally. The structure
was built, of course, and it didn't have all the back buildings that
you see on it now. I'm not even sure how gaudy the tower part and
the top part were.
That's not original?
I don't know, although they did have the chime there, the bell. But
there was no porch, no front porch onto it. And that was a low court
when we were English.