Courthouse celebrates 175 years
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NORWICH, N.Y. -- People in Norwich are celebrating the history of one of their oldest buildings. Dignitaries and community members gathered for the 175th anniversary Chenango County Courthouse. In anticipation of the event, the city refurbished the exterior of the building and reapplied a gold leaf to the dome.
The courthouse is a landmark to many in the area. Local troops have left the courthouse steps before deploying during World War I and World War II. Community members said the building plays a unique role in the community.
"When they're in the county seats, as they all are, the congregation place for the community, especially ours. We have so many festivals that use the grounds here, use the courthouse steps, whether it's bands, Pumpkin Fest, numerous things. It's really where the county comes together," explained Kevin Dowd, Supreme Court Justice.
The courthouse was built in 1837.