5 Salem County Courthouse

A Very Old Courthouse, in deed
The courthouse in Salem County, built in 1735, is the oldest functioning courthouse in the state and the second ­oldest ­functioning courthouse in the country (the oldest is the King ­William County Court-house in Virginia). It remains a ­distinctive landmark, and an early nineteenth-century bell that hung in the ­tower above the courthouse can still be seen where it now sits in the heart of the building.

The accompanying lithograph of the courthouse is from the Special Collections copy of Combination Atlas Map of Salem & Gloucester Counties, New Jersey, published by Everts & ­Stewart, 1876. Note also the smaller image of the courthouse reproduced from the Smith & Wistar map.