Wyandot County Courthouse slide show coming

SYCAMORE – The Mohawk Historical Society is to host a program on the Wyandot County Courthouse at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Sycamore Community Center, 3498 SR 103, Sycamore.

Wyandot County Commissioners Ron Metzger, Bill Clinger and Steve Seitz are to present a slide show on the historic structure. The event is free.

The Wyandot County Courthouse was completed in 1899 and dedicated by Ohio Gov. George Nash in 1900, to replace an earlier structure built in 1849.

The Wyandot County Courthouse was designed by the architectural firm of Yost and Packard in the Beaux Arts style and features a central-domed tower topped by a statue of Lady Justice.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building houses administrative county offices and the Wyandot County Court of Common Pleas.

The County Municipal Courtroom served as the setting for courtroom scenes in the highly-acclaimed 1994 movie “The Shawshank Redemption” starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.

The courthouse has stood for the past 113 years, but is facing several maintenance and structural challenges. A plan is in place to replace the leaking roof and copper gutters, and to restore the five domes.

Commissioners voted 3-0 in June to place a 1-mill, six-year bond issue on the November ballot. It is expected to cost the owner of a $100,000 home $30-$35 a year. The money raised will be used strictly for structural improvements to the courthouse.

Wyandot Courthouse Restoration, a political action committee, chaired by former Wyandot county commissioner Mike Wheeler, was formed to promote the bond issue. Both the Republican and Democratic party chairmen have expressed support.