Coshocton County Courthouse to have second annual open house

| August 4, 2016

courthouseCOSHOCTON – The three county commissioners and Judge Bob Bachelor invite the community to attend the second annual Community Open House and Picnic on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Coshocton County Courthouse.

During the event, the public is invited to tour the courthouse from the basement to the clock tower and especially view the newly-renovated jury assembly room.

Memorabilia from bygone eras will also be on display during the open house. It will be displayed in four display cases that were purchased thanks to the Frontier Power Community Connections Grant, Gannett Make a Difference Grant, and Coshocton County Artists Guild as the courthouse made more than $2,000 from the windows that were painted by the artists guild and sold at the open house last year.

“They are just beautiful,” said Irene Miller. “They have glass shelving and lighting so you can see memorabilia of years gone by.”

Some of the items include a teaspoon dated 1904 with a picture of the courthouse in the ladle.

“When I worked at the courthouse, they gave it to me as a birthday gift, and I want to donate that back to them,” said Miller.

There is also a jury wheel that was used much like a lottery wheel to pull jurors’ names from. There are also c-rations from when the courthouse was used as a fall-out shelter and a 17 gallon tin government-issued shelter drinking water and commode.

The memorabilia also features the first case that was filed in 1911, Brewer vs. Charles Roberts on May 22, 1811. It was a case of trespassing.

Other items include skeleton keys, ornate hangers, and stamps that were used in probate court in 1875.

Miller said that if anyone has any courthouse memorabilia they would like displayed, bring it to the county commissioners’ office at 401 ½ Main St. to be labeled and displayed.

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by “The Fast Lane” and the Coshocton Boys Basketball Boosters will be selling hot dogs, chips, cookies, and a drink for $5. Popcorn and Whit’s ice cream will be provided by the Coshocton County Commissioners and Judge Batchelor.

“I hope people get to come out and see the courthouse,” said Miller.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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