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Piscataquis County

Piscataquis County is named for the Abenaki Native Indian word meaning “rapid water”, “branch of the river” or “at the branch of the river”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Aroostook County

E – Aroostook County and Penobscot County 

S – Penobscot County and Somerset County

W – Somerset County

 

Created:  March 23, 1838                                                           Map of Maine highlighting Piscataquis County

County Seat: 

Dover                1838 – 1922

Dover-Foxcroft  1922 – present

 

County Courthouse – Dover-Foxcroft

 

Location:  159 East Main Street / Court Street

Built:  1844 – 1845

Style:  Victorian

Architect:  T H Chamberlain

Contractor:  T H Chamberlain

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick structure. The north front has a projecting one story central entrance on the first story with arched doorway and balcony on the second story, The building rises to a third story dormer at the roof line. On the center of the roof is an octagonal white colored wood cupola with green colored dome. The roof is hipped. The building is connected to the jail on the south side. In 1885 to 1886, the building was remodeled using the walls from the 1844 building. In 1956 on the east side, a  two story red colored brick and concrete wing was constructed. The building was renovated in 1975. The former residence of Joseph B Peakes was remodeled in 1975 to provide a building for the District Court. Renovations were completed in 1988 and 1990.  An addition was constructed on the east side in 2011 to 2012. The main one story entrance on the east side has three large white colored pillars with recessed glass entrance. The architect was North Peak Architecture – Mark G Carter of Presque Isle and the contractor was Bowman Constructors of Newport.

 

History:  The county was created in 1838 and Dover was designated as the county seat. Before the county was created, the county was part of Hancock County with courthouse at Castine built in 1790. After 1838, the county offered the use of a church as a courthouse and the first court was held in the Universalist Meeting House. The first and only courthouse was built in 1844 to 1845 at a cost of $2,900. The building was expanded in 1885 to 1886 at a cost of $12,000. In 1922, the county seat became Dover-Foxcroft .

 

Note:  The highest point in Maine is Mount Katahdin at 52677 feet ( 1605 meters ) which is located in the county.                                

 

 

County Courthouse – Dover-Foxcroft 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District Court ( Peakes House ) – Dover-Foxcroft 

 

 

Photos taken 2014