Marcelain online dating
About 60 people were registered to tour the courthouse and the nearby Pennsylvania Railroad station depot and former jail, all dating to the 1870s and 1880s and within three blocks of each other in downtown Newark.
As a public building, the courthouse is open year-round.
On Saturday, though, dozens of visitors were happy to meet Licking County judges Thomas M. Hoover and listen to their detailed accounts of working in the historic county courthouse on Newark's Main Street, and about some of the county's infamous cases both during and well before their time.
Its usually not a good day when one faces a judge in his courtroom.
Hoover, still lives near the Licking County homestead his great-great grandfather established 40 years before the current courthouse opened in 1878, told stories of hangings in the public square in the 1800s and of the sometimes violent fights in the county over the temperance movement in the early 1900s. Steve George, a senior adviser at the Ohio History Connection (formerly the Ohio Historical Society) spearheaded the two-week statewide event, which continues through next weekend.
Afterward, Hoover moved from his courtroom which, like most of the courthouse, originally housed county offices to show off his office, which is inside a narrow former safe. But he added that sometimes in the evening, he relaxes by playing a guitar or a banjo inside the high-ceilinged room: I dont play cards. George said the idea was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act by offering visitors behind-the-scenes access and tours to historic structures around Ohio.
Down the street facing where the canal once flowed along Canal Street is the former Penn Station, now beautifully revamped and maintained by three private foundations as a small suite of offices.
Next door to the station is the old Licking County Jail, whose impressive brownstone exterior belies a Gothic interior of tiny cells that still bear markings of prisoners from decades ago.
But Saturdays tours brought the opulent 138-year-old building to life.
On Saturday, though, dozens of visitors were happy to meet Licking County judges Thomas M. Hoover and listen to their detailed accounts of working in the historic county courthouse on Newarks Main Street, and about some of the countys infamous cases both during and well before their time.