1724 Chester Courthouse

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1724 Chester Courthouse
1724 Chester Courhouse.JPG
1724 Chester Courhouse, May 2010
1724 Chester Courthouse is located in Pennsylvania
1724 Chester Courthouse
Location Avenue of the States St. below 5th St., Chester, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°50′57″N 75°21′36″W / 39.84917°N 75.36000°W / 39.84917; -75.36000Coordinates: 39°50′57″N 75°21′36″W / 39.84917°N 75.36000°W / 39.84917; -75.36000
Area less than one acre
Built 1724 (1724)
Architect Brazer,Clarence
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 71000702[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 27, 1971
Designated PHMC May 14, 1954[2]

The old Chester Courthouse was built in 1724 in Chester, to serve as the courthouse for Chester County, Pennsylvania. Chester County was one of the first three counties in the Province of Pennsylvania set up by William Penn. About 1790 the county seat was moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania and the Chester Courthouse no longer served as the county courthouse. A few years later, the area around Chester was separated from Chester County and formed into Delaware County, Pennsylvania and the Chester Courthouse became the courthouse for Delaware County. In 1850 the county seat was again moved - this time to Media and Chester Courthouse served as City Hall for the city of Chester.

Drawing from the "History of Delaware County" 1862

The court room was the oldest active court in use in the United States until 1967. Every year, one trial was held in the court room.[3] Delaware County's County Council holds one meeting a year there, and the building is used for educational purposes.

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  1. ^ Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "PHMC Historical Markers". Historical Marker Database. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ "1724 Old Chester Court House". ExplorePAhistory.com. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 

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