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Lebanon County

Lebanon County is named for the Lebanon Township which was named for a Biblical term meaning “white mountain”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Dauphin CountySchuylkill County and Berks County

E – Berks County

S – Lancaster County 

W – Dauphin County

 

Created:  February 16, 1813                  Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lebanon County

County Seat:

Lebanon  1813 – present

 

 County Courthouse – Lebanon  

 

Location:  400 8th Street / Oak Street

Built:  1959 – 1961

Style:  Modern

Architect:  William Lynch Murray of Harrisburg

Contractor:  Diller Plank, Inc. of Lancaster

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a four story yellow-buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Lebanon. The west front has a projecting center section with vertical dividers and having an entrance on the first story and aluminum decorative scenes and recessed windows above. The roof line is flat. The interior lobby at the entrance has the Statue of Lady Justice from the 1910 courthouse. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas – Civil and Criminal of the 52nd Judicial District and County Orphan’s Court. The building also houses the City of Lebanon offices and is named as the Lebanon County and City  Building. 

 

Old County Courthouse – Lebanon  

 

 

Location:  924 Cumberland Street / Partridge Street

Built:  1773 – 1774

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story stone and wood structure. The north front has a small central portico. The building is located in the center of Lebanon to the northwest of the courthouse. The windows have white colored shutters. On the third story are dormers and a hipped roof. Built as a home for Dr. William Henry Stoy, a local minister and prominent Revolutionary War doctor, the upstairs rooms were used as Lebanon County’s first courthouse when the county was established in 1813. The building now houses the Stoy Museum.

 

History:  The county was created in 1813 and Lebanon was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse in 1813 was a home built for Dr. William Henry Stoy in 1773 to 1774. The building is still standing. The second courthouse was built by Stephen Hills in 1818. An addition was built in 1853. The building burned in 1910. The third courthouse was constructed in 1910. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1959 to 1961.

 

 

County Courthouse – Lebanon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statue of Lady Justice from 1910 County Courthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Lebanon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2015