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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 – Clinton County and Essex County

S – Essex County and Hamilton County

W – Saint Lawrence County 


Created:  March 11, 1808                       Map of New York highlighting Franklin County

County Seat:

Malone  1808 – present


County Courthouse – Malone  


Location:  63 West Main Street / Brewster Street

Built:  1930 – 1931

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  William J Beardsley of Poughkeepsie

Contractor:  M E Ryan Company


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story brownish colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Malone. The south front has a projecting center section with three arched entrances on the first story. The east and west wings project from the main building. The front has vertical dividing pillars. The roof line is flat. Part of the old red colored brick courthouse is located on the west side. The modern four story addition constructed in 2010 is located on the north side and is connected to the courthouse. The architect was Beardsley Architects & Engineers


See:  The architect, William J Beardsley of Poughkeepsie , designed courthouses in Chautaqua CountyDutchess County, Greene County and Sullivan County.

See:  The 4th Judicial District is located at 101 State Farm Place in Malta and includes Clinton CountyEssex CountyFulton CountyHamilton County, Montgomery County, Saint Lawrence County, Saratoga County, Schenectady County, Warren County and Washington County.


History:  Malone was designated as the county seat in 1808. The first courthouse was built by Noah Moody in 1811 to 1812 at a cost of $4,757.25. The second courthouse was rebuild of the first courthpuse in 1852. The third courthouse was designed by Marcus Cumming and was built by James Houston in 1882 at a cost of $35,000. The building was remodeled for use as the Clerk’s Office when the present courthouse was constructed on the south side. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1930 to 1931



County Courthouse – Malone











Remaining Section of the old 1892 County Courthouse



County Courthouse Addition 2010 – Malone








Picture First County Courthouse 1811



Picture Second County Courthouse 1852



Picture Third County Courthouse 1882

Photos taken 2010 and 2014