Herkimer County

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Herkimer County is named for Nickolas Herkimer, who was a general during the American Revolutionary War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Saint Lawrence County

E – Hamilton CountyFulton County and Montgomery County

S – Otsego County 

W – Oneida County and  Lewis County


Created:  February 16, 1791                  Map of New York highlighting Herkimer County

County Seat:

Herkimer  1791 – present


Old County Courthouse – Herkimer  


Location:  320 North Main Street / Court Street

Built:  1872 – 1873

Style:  Victoria

Architect:  A J Lathrop of Utica

Contractor:  Sell and Folts of Herkimer


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Herkimer. The west front has a small wood porch with balcony above. Above are larger windows and the windows in the building are arched. Above the entrance at the pecked roof line is a large square wood cupola with square platform at the top. The building was renovated in 1937 to 1938. The architect was R E Sluyter and the contractor was Works Progress Administration. On the east side is the old County Clerk’s Office ( 1895 ) and on the west side is the old County Jail ( 1834 ).


County Courthouse – Herkimer  




Location:  301 North Washington Street / Mary Street

Built:  1995 – 1996

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Robertson Strong Apgas

Contractor:  Gaefano/Ross Wilson


Description:  The building faces east and is a five story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The east front has a semi circular dark glass section above the entrance. The first story has horizontal stops of dark brown colored brick. The building corners have brown colored brick and dark glass. The windows on the second to fourth stories have white trim. The fifth story has dark colored glass and a wide white colored band below the flat roof line. On the west side is the three story bluff colored brick County Office Building constructed in 1951 to 1954. The architect was Reisner and Urbahn of New York and the contractor was General Construction Scarsdale Construction Company of Scarsdale.


See:  The 5th Judicial District includes Jefferson CountyLewis CountyOneida CountyOnondaga County and Oswego County.


History:  The county was created in 1791 and Herkimer was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was erected in 1793. The courthouse burned in 1834 and the second courthouse, a Greek Revival structure was built the same year. The third courthouse was constructed in 1872 to 1873 at a cost of $46,471 and is still standing. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1995 to 1996.


Old County Clerk’s Office – Herkimer  




Location:  108 Court Street / North Main Street

Built:  1895 – 1896

Style:  Victorian.

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Herkimer on the east side of the courthouse. The north front has a central projecting tower with pyramidal roof. The second story windows are arched.


Old County Jail – Herkimer  




Location:  327 North Main Street / Court Street

Built:  1834 – 1835

Style:  Victorian / Federal

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story gray colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Herkimer to the west of the courthouse. The building has a high basement, is five bays wide, and is constructed of ashlar limestone blocks with dressed quoins. There is a gable roof with oval window. On the south side is a two story lower section.





Old County Courthouse – Herkimer




























Old County Jail – Herkimer

Photos taken 2010