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Old Cumberland County Courthouse, Widow Piper's Tavern

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1735; 1961 repairs. King and Queen sts.

This domestic structure was first a tavern and briefly (1750–1751) the county courthouse when Shippensburg was the county seat before the government moved to the more central Carlisle. Here the local limestone is punctuated by large windows, perhaps a memory of the early darkness of winter in Scotland, while the roughly cut jack arches above windows link this to the earlier mode of arched window heads. It is now used as a civic club.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Old Cumberland County Courthouse, Widow Piper's Tavern", [Shippensburg, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 368-369.

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