An Uncommon Courthouse

In Newburyport, Massachusetts one can find one of the smallest courthouses in the state and perhaps the country.

It was designed by the noted architect Charles Bulfinch. Bulfinch also designed many famous Boston landmarks including Faneuil Hall.

This little courthouse has been around since 1805.

Among those who practiced law here were President John Quincy Adams and Senator Daniel Webster.

In 1976 this courthouse was subject of a terror attack. A bomb hidden inside collapsed the left corner of the building and windows were blown out.

As you can see, by the newer Google Earth image below, the old courthouse is in great shape. The scars of the bombing attack have faded and it is still used. It is the oldest regularly operating courthouse in the the country.

Essex County Courthouse, Newburyport, Massachusetts, courthouse

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