Tryon County Courthouse

Tryon County Courthouse (HMZ0P)

Location: Johnstown, NY 12095 Fulton County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 0.398', W 74° 22.463'

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This is the only colonial period courthouse still in use in New York State. Tryon County was formed in March 1772 after much lobbying by Sir William Johnson. He donated most of the money needed to build a new courthouse designed by Samuel Fuller of Schenectady, the architect for Johnson Hall.

Four of the first judges in the King's Court were Sir William's Masonic brothers in St. Patrick's Lodge. Those four - John Butler, Guy Johnson, Johnson, and Daniel Claus - remained loyal to Britain while three other judges (Peter Conye, John Wells and Jelles Fonda) supported the American cause.

In 1777 Walter Butler, John's oldest son, a lawyer in Johnstown, was arrested for trying to recruit locals to the British cause after the Battle of Oriskany. General Benedict Arnold brought him to trial in this courthouse. Col. Marinus Willet presided and Walter Butler was convicted as a traitor and spy. He later escaped to Canada and only returned to this area as part of British military raids.
HM NumberHMZ0P
Placed ByMohawk Valley Heritage Corridor,, NBT Bank
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 4:58am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 550987 N 4761741
Decimal Degrees43.00663333, -74.37438333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 0.398', W 74° 22.463'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 0' 23.88" N, 74° 22' 27.78" W
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Area Code(s)518
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14 N William St, Johnstown NY 12095, US
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