Built in 1765, the courthouse was the site of a daring raid during the American Revolution by one of the Loyalists’ best operatives, Lieutenant James Moody. In 1780, Moody led several men to free eight Loyalist prisoners held in the Sussex County Courthouse. Moody freed the men and fled with them. Despite a pursuit lasting several days, Revolutionary forces failed to capture them. The court was gutted by fire in 1847 and rebuilt within the original walls and structure. It continues to handle judicial proceedings in conjunction with a newer facility.

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 23, 1979.

description via Wikipedia

Article from the New York Times, April 24, 1880

Newton NJ Hanging 1880



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