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Madison County

Madison County is named for James Madison, who was the fourth President of the United States of America.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Oswego County and Oneida County

E – Oneida County and Otsego County

S – Chenango County

W – Cortland County and Onondaga County


Created:  March 21, 1806                       Map of New York highlighting Madison County

County Seat:

Sullivan / Hamilton  1806 – 1810

Cazenovia               1810 – 1817

Morrisville                1817 – 1907

Wampsville              1907 – present


County Courthouse – Wampsville


Location:  138 North Court Street / West Elm Street

Built:  1909 – 1910

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  James Riely Gordon

Contractor:  W H Fissell Company


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Wampsville. The building is constructed in the form of a “T”. The north front has a large projecting portico with eight columns rising to a wide pediment at the roof line. At the top of the pediment is an eagle in flight. A wide cornice runs below the flat roof line. On the center of the roof is a large round dome with gold colored roof and the Statue of Justice at the top.


See:  The architect James Riely Gordon of San Antonio, Texas


See:  The 6th Judicial District located at 31 Lewis Street in Binghampton and includes Broome County, Chemung County, Chenango CountyCortland CountyDelaware County, Otsego CountySchuyler CountyTioga County and Tompkins County.


County Administration Building – Wampsville



Location:  138 North Court Street / West Elm Street

Built:  1968 – 1969

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hueber Hare Glavin Partnership

Contractor:  Murray Walter inc. and Kenneth A Taylor Inc.


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story limestone and glass structure. the building is located on landscaped grounds in the center od Wampsville on the south side of the courthouse. The first story is recessed. The second story has horizontal glass walls. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Veterans Memorial Building.


Old County Courthouse – Morrisville



Location:  Main Street / Chenango Street

Built:  1865 – 1866

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  J K Lass DeRuyter

Contractor:  George E Morris


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story rectangular structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds of the campus of the State University of New York in Morrisville. The building is named as the Madison Hall. The north front has a one story porch with three arches. On the second story is a large arched window with narrow arched windows on either side. On the roof is an octagonal cupola. The roof is hipped.  An addition was added in 1872.


History:  When the county was formed in 1806, the court met in schoolhouses in Sullivan ( Lenox ) and in Hamilton. The first county seat was established at Cazenovia in 1810. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1813. The building is now part of the Cazenovia College at Lincklean Street and Seminary Street. The county seat was moved to Morrisville in 1817 where the second courthouse was built in 1817. The third courthouse was built in 1849 and burned in 1864. The fourth courthouse was constructed in 1865 to 1866 and is still standing. The county seat was moved to Wampsville in 1907. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1909 to 1910at a cost of $250,000.





County Courthouse – Wampsville











County Administration Building – Wampsville







Old County Courthouse – Morrisville

















Former courtroom





Photos taken 2010 and 2017