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Below are four replies to Marfy Goodspeed's question about the oldest town hall in continuous use. It looks like Perth Amboy is the hands-down winner! Marc Mappen ---------- From: Margaret Westfield <firstname.lastname@example.org> Hi, Marfy-- I'm afraid Delaware Township doesn't have it. I believe that distinction goes to Perth Amboy's City Hall, built in 1767 and in use ever since. One caveat is that the building has been altered and expanded so many times, that all that remains from 1767 are portions of the brick walls and the floor framing in one quadrant of the building. Best wishes, Margaret Westfield ---------- From: <email@example.com> You may want to check out Mendham Borough, check the town's website or the Historical Society....its called Phoenix House, 2 West Main. dbarkins527 ---------- From: Anna Aschkenes <firstname.lastname@example.org> The town hall in Perth Amboy, NJ predates the Revolutionary war and remains nearly untouched in the fact that the exterior is just as it was 240 + years ago. It has been functioning as a town hall all that time, without a break in its history. 1767 is the date of construction. However, the town itself dates to 1618 and a town hall was built then. Fire destroyed the building and it was rebuilt several times. The last rebuild of the structure was in 1767 and this is the one remaining in use to this day. Anna Aschkenes, Executive Director Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission 703 Jersey Ave New Brunswick, NJ 08901 732.745.4489 voice 732.745.4524 fax 732.745.3888 for TTY users only ---------- From: John Beekman <JBeekman@jclibrary.org> Perth Amboy's City Hall, on the same site since it was a colonial courthouse (1685), has portions of a 1767 structure still incorporated. See: http://www.ci.perthamboy.nj.us/html/city_history.html - "Perth Amboy is also home to the oldest City Hall in continuous use in the United States. City Hall was established in 1685 when the first courthouse was built. In 1713, a new structure was built on the same site, but later burned in 1731. City Hall was rebuilt about 1745 but faced destruction again with a second fire in 1764. By 1767 yet another City Hall was built, this one contained court chambers, rooms for the Provincial Assembly of NJ the Governors Council, and the City Corporation. It was in those rooms that Perth Amboy made New Jersey the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. Although City Hall was renovated in 1826 and 1872, some of the 1767 structure still remains. The current structure is Victorian with a mansard roof and several new wings. A City Hall Park was also developed with a historic statue of George Washington and an exact replica of the Liberty Bell. In addition to the municipal offices, City Hall has been used for law courts, a jail, legislative meetings, church services, concerts, shows, public meetings, and a school." John Beekman New Jersey Room Jersey City Free Public Library http://www.jclibrary.org/service/njroom.php 201-547-4503