Photo: Onondaga Park, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. Photographed by User:Chloe Clay (own work), 2006, [cc-by-2.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed February, 2013.
The Onondaga County Courthouse is located at 401 Montgomery Street, Syracuse NY 13202; phone: 315‑435‑2070.
Onondaga County was erected in 1794 out of lands formerly part of Herkimer County. Originally its bounds include what would become Cayuga, Cortland, and Oswego counties. It is a land of lakes, among the largest are: Oneida, Skaneateles, Onondaga, and Otisco. Early white settlement began around 1799. Prior to that native Americans known as "Onontakeka" (People of the Hills) who were part of the Iroqouis Nation.