Sussex County

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Sussex County is named for the county of Sussex in England.


Created:  May 16, 1753

County Seat:

Newton  1753 – present


Old County Courthouse – Newton


Location:  1 Spring Street / West High Street

Built:  1847 – 1848

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Amos A Harrison

Contractor:  Samuel Fowler and Moses R Andrews of New York


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story white colored stone and wood structure. The building is rectangular with gable roof and was built on the foundations of the previous building. The east front has a large porch with six large white colored Doric columns rising to a wide header with pediment at the roof line On the roof is a cupola with red colored roof. On December 29, 1910, a fire damaged the courtroom and attic of the building, wrecking the cupola. In April 1911, contracts worth $7,461 for improvements to the Court House were awarded to Thomas Farrell, carpenter, and to O’Donnell & McManiman, masons.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed and built by Abraham Van Campen, Jacob Starn and John Hackett. The building was renovated in 1844 and a second story added. The architect and contractor was Amos A Harrison. The courthouse burned in 1847. The cost of the construction of the present courthouse was $15,000. Amos Harrison did the carpentry work and General Lyman Edwards put on the tin roof. They brought some sailors from New York to take down the old steeple. The old iron weathervane was sifted from the ashes. Mahlon Hurd, John Struble, and John Slockbower did the mason work, while Robert Gray presided at the mortar bed. Sheriff Andrew Shiner


County Courthouse – Newton




Location:  43 West High Street / Spring Street

Built:  1990 – 1992

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces southeast



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E – Passaic County and Morris County

S – Morris County and Warren County 

W – Pike County, Pennsylvania























Photos taken 2014