Tioga County is named for a Native American word meaning “at the forks” which describes a meeting place.
Created: February 21, 1791
Chemago ( Union ) 1791 – 1810
Spencer 1810 – 1836
Owego 1836 – present
County Courthouse – Owego
Location: 21 Court Street / Main Street
Built: 1871 – 1872
Architect: Miles F Howe of Owego
Contractor: Keeler and Houk
Description: The building faces south and is a two story light red colored brick structure. On each corner of the building are three story square brick towers which rise ninety-two feet. At the south front, there is a small portico supported by four thin columns with balcony above. On the second story, are three arched windows with arch at the roof line.
Note: In 1810 a courthouse was built by Andrew Purdy in Spencer. The next courthouse was built in 1823. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $69,225.
County Clerk’s Office – Owego
Location: 20 Court Street / Main Street
Built: 1906 – 1907
Description: The building faces west and is a one story building.
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Photos taken 2010 and 2017