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Clinton County

Clinton County is named for DeWitt Clinton, who was a Governor of New York and an advocate for the construction of the Erie Canal.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Potter County

E – Lycoming County and Union County

S – Centre County

W – Clearfield County and Cameron County


Created:  June 21, 1839                         Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Clinton County

County Seat:

Lock Haven  1839 – present


County Courthouse – Lock Haven  


Location:  230 East Water Street / North Jay Street

Built:  1867 – 1869

Style:  Italianate and Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Samuel Sloan and Addison Hutton of Philadelphia

Contractor:  Colonel A C Noyes, J F Batcheler and Dr. Samuel Adams.


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story white colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Lock Haven. The northeast corner has a high clock tower over 200 feet with silver colored dome. There is a small tower on the northwest corner with silver colored dome at the top. The first story has arches along the north side and high arched windows divided by vertical square pillars on the second story. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the second story and has decorative ceiling lights. An addition was constructed on the south side in 1936. The architect was Russell J Howard of Dubois.


History:  The county was created in 1839 and Lock Haven was selected as the county seat. The first court was held in 1839 in Barker’s Tavern which was a two story frame building on Water Street above the canal. The first courthouse was built in 1842 on Est Church Street ( site of Robb School ). The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1867 to 1869 at a cost of $102,464.



County Courthouse – Lock Haven











photos taken 2011