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For one year (1776-1777) the New Castle Courthouse Museum served as Delaware?s state house. Now known as the ?Old Court House?, it was the meeting house for the governments of New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties when they declared independence from Pennsylvania and England and formed the Delaware state. New Castle Courthouse Museum is one of the oldest surviving courthouses in the United States and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1972. The New Castle Courthouse Museum is considered as the oldest continuously used chamber of justice in the United States as occasional court is still held here.

Built in 1732 as Delaware's first capital building and meeting place for the colonial and first state Assembly, it is now a museum with guided tours and exhibitions featuring Delaware?s unique boundaries, law and government, courts and assembly, social, cultural, archaeological and the Underground Railroad history.
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