Madison County to debut its renovated courthouse and county office building

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WAMPSVILLE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — On Saturday, Madison County will debut its renovated courthouse and office building after years of construction.

Visitors will see the changes right away at the entrance in the front, with the words “Madison County.” This entrance is now the only entrance for safety purposes.

Inside, everyone will be screened by security before going to the county office building on the left or into the courthouse on the right.

Every inch of the courthouse rotunda has been touched up and polished, from the marble to the woodwork to the stained glass skylights. 

Both courtrooms are brand new with the latest and greatest in technology.

From ground to ceiling, attention was paid to every detail.

Broken for years, the large clocks on the outside of the courthouse rotunda were stuck at 4:00. This renovation comes with brand new mechanisms to keep the clocks on time.

The parking lot will get back to normal, but not before a huge celebration Saturday that includes a Memorial Day Ceremony, guided tours, a ribbon cutting and fireworks.

Let’s Party like it’s 1909!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

11:00 AM – 9:00 PM 

138 N. Court St.

Wampsville, NY 13163

Fireworks, Food, Vendors, Bands and much much more! 

Timeline of events

  • 11:00 AM – Memorial Day Ceremony 
  • 12:00 PM – Open House for Courthouse (public can view the inside of the courthouse)
  • 2:00 PM – Guided tours of the Courthouse begin, vendors and crafters, food opens, bounce houses open, and Dirtroad Ruckus takes the stage.
  • 3:30 PM – Showtime: The band takes the stage
  • 5:00 PM – Sydney Irving takes the stage
  • 6:00 PM – Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the Courthouse
  • 7:00 PM – Fort Drum 10th Mountain Division Band
  • 9:00 PM – Fireworks

Parking

  • Parking will be available for the public at the Highway Garage, the DSS Building and at the Otto Shortell Middle School on Court St. in Wampsville.  
  • Trolleys will be running back and forth between the public parking areas and the County Office Complex from 1:00 PM until 9:30 PM. These trolleys are also handicap accessible.  The trolleys will run approximately every 20 minutes.  
  • Handicap parking is also available at these public parking lots.
Public parking map

Guided Tours of the Courthouse

  • Reenactors will portray historic figures from Madison County and take you on a guided tour of the old and new parts of the Courthouse.
    • First Judge Peter Smith: the first appointed judge in the county to talk about early court history.
    • Judge Michael Kiley: was serving as a County Judge and surrogate when the courthouse was moved from Morrisville to Wampsville. 
    • James A Loyster: was a very interesting citizen, who also just happened to be the Town Supervisor, Chairman of the Building Committee of the Courthouse and also designed the jail cell locks when it could not be determined who was responsible to do that during construction. 
    • Hamilton B Peckham: the Inspector in Charge for the building of the courthouse. 
    • Mary L Webber: served in the County Clerk’s Office for over 35 years, 32 of those years as the Deputy County Clerk. 
  • Sign up for a tour time here.

Rules

  • No open containers
  • No outside alcohol
  • No glass containers
  • No weapons
  • No smoking (Madison County campus is tobacco free)
  • You are allowed to bring in strollers, blankets, lawn chairs, and coolers
  • Pets must be on a leash, please clean up after your pet
  • No littering, please use trash and recycling cans that are provided

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