The Old Court House tower once rose eighty feet above Clinton Square. Today the
hand-carved limestone blocks that formed that tower are under the care of the Parks and Recreation Department -- and have been
more than thirty years. All of these stones are now shrink-wrapped in heavy plastic to protect them against further
Each of the items below contains, on the left, a photo of one
of the stones in storage;
on the right is a picture showing the position that stone originally occupied in the tower.
A photo of the entire tower is here to help you get your
orientation -- click on it to see a larger version.
As a result of being moved from place to place over the years the stones
have obviously lost some corners and edges. In late 2001 they were moved
one more time to a permanent home on city owned property near Hancock Airport. What will become of these last remnants of the Old Court House? Will
archaeologists dig them up one day, marveling that a quarried stone building
must have been built so far from what scholars believed to be the center of early
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