|Original county courthouse log cabin, Sullivan Street |
at East Church, School #1 in the background.
Image courtesy of the Barnes Library.
By Diane Janowski, Elmira City Historian
from the Elmira Star-Gazette 2/28/2014
In January 1793, Newtown (now known as Elmira) built a “justice building” as a seat of regional government as required by Tioga County (now Chemung County). They built a two-story log cabin on the corner of Sullivan and East Church Streets that housed a jail and a home for the sheriff on the first floor. A room for holding court or public worship was on the second floor. Behind the cabin was a small cemetery. This building served the county for nearly thirty years.