Perry County

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Perry County is named for Oliver Hazard Perry, who was a Commodore in the United States navy and who defeated the British in the decisive Battle of Lake Erie in 1813.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Juanita County and Snyder County

E – Northumberland County and Dauphin County

S – Cumberland County

W – Franklin County

 

Created:  March 22 1820                        Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Perry County

County Seat:

Landisburg         1820 – 1824

New Bloomfield  1824 – present

 

County Courthouse – New Bloomfield

 

Location:  25 West Main Street / North Carlisle Street

Built:  1826 – 1827

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Jacob Bishop

Contractor:  John Rice

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds of Center Square in the center of New Bloomfield. The south front of the rectangular shaped structure has a central recessed entrance with an arched window on the second story flanked by twin columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The windows are arched and on the second story, have stone trim. The roof is hipped with high clock tower with a bell is encased in an arcaded section which supports an entablature with modillions and dome at the top. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building was remodeled in 1868. The architect was Luther M Simons.  An annex was constructed at the rear of the building in 1892.

 

Note:  During renovations in 1868, the county offices were installed in the basement of the Presbyterian Church and court sessions were held in the old Methodist Church on High Street.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Pert County Courthouse

 

History:  The county was created in 1820 and Landisburg was selected as the county seat. The county seat was moved to New Bloomfield in 1824. The first and present courthouse was built in 1826. The courthouse was remodeled in 1868 at a cost of $25,000.

 

 

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County Courthouse - New Bloomfield

 

 

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Photos taken 2015