Chemung County is named for a Lenape word meaning “big horn”, which was the name of a local Native American village.
Created: March 29, 1836
Elmira 1836 – present
County Courthouse – Elmira
Location: 203 Lake Street / Gray Street
Built: 1861 – 1862
Architect: Horatio Nelson White of Syracuse
Contractor: David Wilcox of Syracuse.
Description: The building faces west and is a two story white colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the city center. The west front has a projecting center section with three high arches and recessed entrance on the first story. Above the entrance are three vertical arched windows. At the northwest corner is a high square tower with open belfry. A projecting cornice runs below the second story windows.
E – Tioga County
W – Steuben County
Photos taken 2010