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Jefferson County

Jefferson County is named for Thomas Jefferson, who was President of the United States from 1801 to 1809.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Forest County and Elk County

E  – Clearfield County

S – Indiana County

W – Armstrong County and Clarion County

 

Created:  October 1, 1839                      Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Jefferson County

County Seat:

Brookville  1830 – present

 

County Courthouse – Brookville  

 

Location:  200 West Main Street / North Pickering Street

Built:  1866 – 1868

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  James W Drum

Contractor:  James T Dickey of Kittanning.

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and stone  structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Brookville. The south front has a projecting center section with arched entrance on the first story and three high arched windows on the second story. Above is a pediment and a large square clock tower with cupola at the top. The roof line is flat. In 1927, the north section was built. The architect was Emmett E Bailey and the contractor was R H Richardson. The building was renovated in 1976. The architect was William L Snyder Jr.

 

History:  The county was created in 1830 and Brookville was selected as the county seat. The court first met at the home of John Doherty. The first courthouse was a two story Greek Revival structure built by Thomas McElhany Barr and John Lucas in 1830 to 1832 at a cost of $3,000. The jail was built in 1831. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1866 to 1868.

 

 

County Courthouse – Brookville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2011