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History :: Chester Courthouse

The Old Colonial Courthouse, built in 1724, is located on the west side of Market Street, which was then known as Main Street. In early 18th Century Chester, Main Street was the center of town, located in one of Pennsylvania's five Market Squares. The square, a gift from William Penn after his historic landing at Chester, was also conveniently situated next to the King's Highway, which was the only inland transportation thoroughfare between Philadelphia and points south like Baltimore.

Simply constructed of solid blocks of sandstone, which were quarried from the nearby Ridley Creek, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.Today, the building stands as the nation's oldest courthouse still in use. For hours and information, please call the Courthouse at (610) 876-8663.