The Little Courthouse, like longtime York square neighbor ‘Teapot Dome,’ still stands tall

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This post card view shows the The Little Courthouse sitting in its longtime home in Farquhar Park. It’s sometimes called the  Statehouse, but that name is misplaced. The original Statehouse sat next to the Colonial Courthouse in York’s Centre Square for about 50 years. Background posts: Display marks how York County courthouses evolved, Going to market a longtime York County pastime and Charles Dickens’ coach from York to Harrisburg: ‘A kind of barge on wheels’.

The trolley kiosk, affectionately called Teapot Dome, that sat in York’s Continental Square for years has drawn plenty of attention recently as it is undergoing renovations.
It’s involved in a similar journey taken about a decade ago by its longtime Continental Square partner, the Little Courthouse… .


That miniature building is a replica of the original Colonial Courthouse that sat in the middle of York’s square for years. It was used in World Wars I and II as a headquarters for war bond sales. (To see it in action, see: Hammer-wielding Yorkers helped to nail kaiser’s noggin.)
For years, it sat in Farquhar Park until time and weather took its toll.
For many months, it was warehoused at York County Technical School, where Teapot Dome also was located in a separate rehab trip.
But instead of returning the Little Courthouse to public use as is planned for Teapot Dome, the private sector stepped in, repaired it and put it back to work.
It’s now an ornamental building in a pet resort in Conewago Township, north of York.
It’s a great destination point for Sunday afternoon drivers, who can get a clear look at the Little Courthouse sitting neatly in a field.
(For directions, see: From war bond to pets and people.)

(For posts about additional unsung York County sites suitable for Sunday afternoon drives, click here.)

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.

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