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Antigonish County

Antigonish County is named for the Mi’kmaq name meaning “the place where the branches are torn off by bears gathering beechnuts” nor “meeting place of five forked rivers”.


County Created  :  1784

County Seat:  

Antigonish  1784 – present


Old County Courthouse – Antigonish


Location:  156 Main Street / Court Street

Built:  1855

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Alexander McDonald

Contractor:  George W Boehner of LaHave.


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story wood frame structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the city centre. The southeast front has a central portico with four white coloured columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. Above the entrance is a fanlight. The building has high vertical windows. The roof is hipped. The interior has a large courtroom with balconies on either side. On the north side is the old stone jail.


See:  The architect Alexander McDonald also designed courthouses in Guysborough County and Richmond County.


County Justice Centre – Antigonish



Location:  11 James Street / Fairview Street

Built:  1

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces north and is a one story brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the south of the city centre. The north front has a central entrance with projecting glass section. The roof line is flat. The building is names as the Antigonish Justice Centre.



N – Northumberland Strait

E – Inverness County

S – Guysborough County

W – Pictou County




Old County Courthouse

















County Justice Centre













Photos taken 2018