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Aroostook County

Aroostook County is named for the Native American word meaning “beautiful river”.


Surrounding County and Canada Courthouses: 

N – Quebec, Canada and New Brunswick, Canada

E – New Brunswick, Canada

S – Washington CountyPenobscot County, Piscataquis County and Somerset County

W – Quebec, Canada


Created:  March 16, 1839                                                           Map of Maine highlighting Aroostook County

County Seat: 

Houlton  1839 – present


County Courthouse – Houlton


Location:  26 Court Street / Military Street

Built:  1859 – 1860

Style:  Italianate and Colonial Revival

Architect:  Gridley James Fox Byrant of Boston, Massachusetts

Contractor:  Harrison D Clement of Lawrence, Massachusetts


Description:  The building faces west and is two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Houlton. The west front has a one story white colored portico art the central entrance. The center section projects slightly and rises to a peaked roof. The windows are arched. There is a mansard roof with a high square clock tower at the center with open white colored cupola at the top. The interior of the courthouse is modestly finished throughout. Central cross axial hallways separate the first story into opposing office spaces of varying sizes. Public stairs are now located in the hall of the original block and vestibule of the 1895 addition. The courtroom and gallery are situated in the south end of the original block’s second floor.  In 1895, an addition was added to the building. The architect was Wilfred E Mansur of Bangor. A second major addition was made in 1928 when a long wing was built across the north end and gambrel roofed pediments placed over the 1895 block. In 1945, a two-story concrete addition was completed.


See:  The architect, Gridley James Fox Byrant of Boston, Massachusetts also designed the courthouse in Androscoggin County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Aroostook County Courthouse


History:  The county was created in 1839 and the county seat was designated as Houlton. The first courthouse was the wood frame Black Hawk Tavern built in 1813 by Samuel Wormwood. The court used the second story.  In 1849, the second courthouse was the Houlton Academy with the second story built for the court. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1859 to 1860 at a cost of $14,400. An addition in 1895 cost $20,000.


Other Branch Courthouses


Caribou   /   Fort Kent   /   Madawaska   /   Presque Isle



County Courthouse – Houlton













Photos taken 2014