The Dukes County Courthouse in Edgartown turns 150 years old this year. It was completed Sep 30, 1858… the only brick building in Edgartown at the time. The superior court has sat, uninterrupted, in the courthouse for all of those 150 years.
According to the very interesting article in the Vineyard Gazette:
“The building’s vaults, with rows of banged-up cabinets, hold records going back to the 1600s, when Native American residents spoke and were recorded in their own language. Many of the words and sentences are recorded on brown, brittle paper in leather-bound ledgers in the registry of deeds and in superior court.“
“The varnished wooden furniture in the courtroom predates the memories of the living. The leather cushions on its seats are stuffed with horse hair. No one can remember when the roof didn’t leak.“
(read the entire article by CLICKING HERE)
I’ve passed this stately building, which sits inconspicuously on the corner across from the Old Whaling Church, zillions of times and never gave much thought to what history it holds, or what has gone on inside. Happy anniversay and here’s to another 150 years.