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Salem County

Salem County is named for a Hebrew word meaning “peace”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Delaware County, Pennsylvania and Gloucester County

E – Cumberland County

S – New Castle County, Delaware

W – New Castle County, Delaware


Created:  May 17, 1794                                                              Map of New Jersey highlighting Salem County

County Seat: 

Salem  1794 – present


Old County Courthouse – Salem  


Location:  NE – Market Street / Broadway

Built:  1735 – 1736

Style:  Colonial

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story dark red colored brick and wood structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Salem to the south of the courthouse. The south front has a one story portico supported by four Doric columns. At the roof line is a gable with fanlight. The first story windows are arched. The roof rises to an octagonal wood cupola with steep roof. The building was expanded in 1817 and in 1908 the south portico was constructed. In 2010, the building was renovated. The contractor was Aliano Construction.


Note:  The courthouse is the second oldest courthouse still in use in the United States. The first oldest courthouse is located in King William County, Virginia (1725). The third oldest is in Hanover County, Virginia (1737). The fourth oldest is in Charles City County, Virginia (1740). The fifth oldest is in Richmond County, Virginia (1748).


County Courthouse – Salem  



Location:  92 Market Street / Broadway

Built:  1967 – 1968

Style:  Modern Colonial

Architect:  Edwards & Green

Contractor:  Joseph W Remedio, Inc.


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story orange-red colored brick and concrete Colonial style structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Salem. The west front of the rectangular building has a large portico with four white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The recessed entrance is framed with white colored wood. On the east side of the building is a large square section. On the center of the roof is a white colored octagonal cupola with red colored dome. The roof is hipped with gable ends.


History:  The county was created in 1794 and Salem was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a log structure built in 1692. The second courthouse was built in 1735 to 1736 and is one of the oldest courthouses in the United States. The cost to expand the courthouse in 1817 was $7,725.82. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1967 to 1968.


County Administration – Salem  



Location:  98 Market Street / Broadway

Built:  1957 – 1958

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Edwards & Green

Contractor:  S Levy Construction of Camden


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story dark red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Salem to the south of the courthouse and was originally constructed as a jail. The west front has a stone framed central entrance with stone framed window on the second story. The third story is shorter in length and there are dormers on the north and south roof sections. The building was remodeled in 1997. The architect was Radey & Fuller Architects and the contractor was Colubriale & Son.



Old County Courthouse – Salem





















County Courthouse – Salem













County Administration – Salem









Photos taken 2013 and 2017