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Franklin County

Franklin County is named for Benjamin Franklin, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and who lived from 1706 to 1790.

 

Surrounding County and Canada Courthouses: 

N – Quebec, Canada 

E – Somerset County

S – Kennebec County and Androscoggin County

W – Oxford County

 

Created:  May 9, 1838                                                                Map of Maine highlighting Franklin County

County Seat: 

Farmington  1838 – present

 

County Courthouse – Farmington  

 

Location:  140 Main Street / Church Street

Built:  1885 – 1886

Style:  High Victorian and Italianate

Architect:  George M Coombs

Contractor:  Moses C Foster & Son

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Farmington and has center sections on the south, west and north sides which rise to peaks at the roof line. The southeast front has a large one story arched porch. The windows on the second story are arched. On the center of the roof is a square white colored cupola with green colored dome. In the interior, the County Superior Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building was remodeled in 1958. The architect was Alonzo J Harriman and the contractor was K & H Foster Inc. The Annex on the northwest side was built in 1917. The architect was Harry S Cooms and the contractor was Joseph W Mathiew. On the southwest side of the building is the Superior Court housed in a one story red colored brick commercial building.

 

District Courthouse – Farmington  

 

 

Location:  129 Main Street / Park Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Farmington northwest from the courthouse. The front of the building has a porch with brick pillars. The roof lie is flat.

 

History:  The county was created in 1838 and Farmington was designated as the county seat. The first courthouse was The First Meeting House Society built in 1822 at a cost of $4,670. In 1838 the county rented the upper story and constructed a courtroom. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1885 to 1886.

 

 

County Courthouse – Farmington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District Courthouse – Farmington

 

 

Photos taken 2014 and 2018