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 travelers to this area of St. Martin will have the benefit of easy access to this historic attraction throughout their trip. Despite the fact that the region isn't jam-packed with visitors, you will still have a dozen or so of lodgings to pick 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 Hotel & Casino 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 several picks of restaurants to select from in the neighborhood nearby this historical site. Shiva is a wonderful locale to dine on your way to spending time at this historical site, and will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. Barefoot Terrace and Bardfoot Terrace Bar & Restaurant are some of the other refreshment choices nearby where you have the chance to enjoy the local cuisine in St. Martin.


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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