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

The Courthouse is located in Philipsburg, ensuring visitors to this area of St. Martin will be excited to have convenient access to the historical site during their visit. There a reasonable number of lodgings in the neighborhood within the vicinity of this historical site.

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

If you find your belly rumbling after your visit here, don't worry -- there is an exceptional selection of dining possibilities within traveling distance. Shiva is a great location to satisfy your hunger on your way to visiting The Courthouse, and is the closest restaurant to it. Barefoot Terrace and Bardfoot Terrace Bar & Restaurant offer additional restaurant options close to The Courthouse where you have the chance to try a new dish and experience the St. Martin culture.


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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