The Courthouse

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Since it was originally constructed as the home of Commander John Philips (the founder of Philipsburg) in 1793, this historic building has been a great many things. A home, a jail, a fire station, and a post office. In the end, it is remembered as St. Maarten's historic courthouses, and tourists visit it on an almost daily basis.

What to Expect

Today the Courthouse stands only as a historic building viewable from the street. Many people find it to be great landmark to start and end her tour of Philipsburg with.

The building that the Old Courthouse is located in looks much like a Dutch Boathouse. With a clock at the top and a wooden sign reading "The Courthouse" above a prominent balcony, this is an easily recognizable landmark amidst all that surrounds it in historic Philipsburg.

Staying Close

Philipsburg is a good option for those wishing to visit The Courthouse, because guests staying in this part of St. Martin will be pleased to have convenient access to the historical site throughout their trip. Even though this location isn't swarming with tourists, you'll nevertheless find a sizable number of hotel options to choose from.

Hotels near The Courthouse
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Horizon View Beach Hotel Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.3 km) SE
Holland House Beach Hotel Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.4 km) SE
Seaview Beach Hotel Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.1 km) W
Sea Palace Resort Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.2 km) W
Ernest Hotel Hotel -- --
Midtown Motel Motel -- --
Monte Oro Hotel Motel -- --

Location and What's Nearby

There are many eateries to pick from in the neighborhood around The Courthouse. Shiva is an ideal locale to enjoy a meal on your way to checking out this historical site, and offers convenient access to it. Also near The Courthouse you'll have eateries like Barefoot Terrace and Bardfoot Terrace Bar & Restaurant giving you several eating options.


Operating Hours

Tourists can walk by the front of the Courthouse to take in the historic structure's architecture whenever they please, though nighttime viewing is not recommended.


There is no fee charged for people who want to catch a glimpse of the Courthouse.

Contact Information

Location: Front Street, Philipsburg, the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten


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