Courthouses in the United States were often designed for a purpose other than providing a venue for judges, lawyers and litigants to resolve disputes.
Frequently a locale’s largest structure, these majestic buildings were to stand as symbols of the American ideal of the importance of and adherence to the rule of law, which citizens should, did and hopefully do aspire.
The city of Woodstock is now in the final phases of its $17-million renovation of the courthouse, which was built in 1857 and issued landmark status by the National Register for Historic Places in 1974. The renovation is a costly endeavor which will bring back this civic symbol.
But when will that symbol of American justice and history again fly the flag of the United States of America from its cupola as was done prior to city ownership?
James F. Young
Source: The Daily Chronicle