Thursday, 21st of September 2017

Thursday, 21st of September 2017

SussexCourthouseTablet



The Sussex County Courthouse in Newton is home to a tablet commemorating the establishment of Sussex County by Act of the Legislature on June 8, 1753; the setting up of the Court of General Sessions and the Inferior Court of Common Pleas; and the building of the first Court House in 1765.  The tablet was dedicated by the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey on October 15, 1949.



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The original stone courthouse included a large court room, living quarters for the Sheriff and his family, and a ground-level jail with several cells. The courthouse was the scene of a 1780 raid by loyalists during which they freed eight jailed prisoners sympathetic to the British Crown. The second courthouse was built on the same site, using material from the original building, but was gutted by fire only a few years later. The current courthouse, also built on the original site, was completed in 1847 and is the only colonial county seat in New Jersey where a courthouse on its original site fronts a town square or public green.