Caroline County Courthouse (Maryland)

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Caroline County Courthouse
Caroline County Courthouse.jpg
General information
Architectural style the late Victorian era
Location 109 Market Street
Town or city Denton, Maryland
Country United states of America
Coordinates 38°53′13″N 75°49′59″W / 38.887°N 75.833°W / 38.887; -75.833
Completed 1895
Cost $21,000.00
Client Caroline County, Maryland
Technical details
Size 3 floors
Design and construction
Architect Joseph H. Bernard
Engineer Slemmons and Lankford of Salisbury, Maryland

The Caroline County Courthouse is located at 109 Market Street in Denton, Maryland. The courthouse houses the chambers and courtrooms for the judge of the Circuit Court for Caroline County, as well as the clerk's offices, jurors' assembly room, the Office of the State's Attorney for Caroline County, the Register of Wills and the master's office.

History[edit]

After Caroline County, Maryland, was established in 1773, it held its early courts at seven different locations until 1797 when its first courthouse was built on the same site where the current courthouse now stands, an area once known as Pig Point. The courthouse green was purchased in 1791 for 121 shillings.[1] The building served the County for one hundred years and there were many

changes during this period.

Caroline court marquee.jpg

Even with the changes, vaults that stored records were overflowing and in 1894, the Caroline County commissioners asked for and received authority to raze the old courthouse

and build a new one.[2] The current courthouse was built in 1895 at the cost of $21,000 and was extensively renovated in 1966.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to Caroline County in 1938. He spoke in front of the courthouse in Denton on Labor Day. The speech was broadcast on radio to the rest of the country. Roosevelt was there to support his New Deal programs and also to win votes for his ally in Congress, Maryland Representative T. Alan Goldsborough. Goldsborough would lose the election to Millard Tydings, but nonetheless it was an event the county would not soon forget.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Caroline Court House". Historical marker (pictured) (In front of the Caroline County Courthouse: Maryland Historical Society). 
  2. ^ "The County Courthouses and Records of Maryland -- Part 1: The Courthouses". Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  3. ^ Dean, III, Charles T. "A Brief History of Caroline County". Town of Denton. Archived from the original on 2007-11-24. Retrieved 2008-05-15.