I recently visited the town of Easton, Maryland, on a day trip. Here, situated on a quintessential main street, the Talbot County courthouse offers visitors a place to sit and take in the beautiful courtyard, as well as some rich history. Today, the courthouse, originally built in 1794, not only houses the chambers and courtrooms for the judge of the Circuit Court for Talbot County, but also the clerk’s offices, jurors’ assembly room, master’s office, and the offices of the Talbot County Council.
Talbot County Courthouse, Easton, Maryland. Photo by Kelly Goles.
In 1836, the site of the courthouse also housed abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Following an attempt for freedom, Douglass was jailed for one week before being released back to Baltimore. The jail was situated at the back of the courthouse. Today, a statue of Frederick Douglass sits on the courthouse lawn.
Statue of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) outside of the Talbot County Courthouse. Photo by Kelly Goles.
Courthouses have historically played a central role in their communities, serving as the place where many of life’s most significant events would take place. The courthouse was not only a forum to conduct civil and criminal trials, but also a place to obtain a marriage license, register a birth, and probate a will. We have […]
I have walked by this building many times, but did not realize until recently that it has a special connection to the Library of Congress. This was the home of the third Librarian of Congress, George Watterston. Watterston presided over the Library during a significant period in its history. Appointed by President Madison in 1815 […]
This pic of the week features the Madison Building, which is part of the of the Washington, D.C., campus of the Library of Congress. The Jefferson Building is known for its palatial design, but the Madison Building has its charms, too. You can learn more about each of these buildings by taking an online tour. […]
On a recent physically-distanced road trip to New Jersey, I visited Salem, which sits in the southeastern part of the state. I trekked to Salem in part to visit the Old Salem County Courthouse. Per a placard outside the courthouse entrance, it is the “[o]ldest active courthouse in New Jersey and the second oldest in […]
Welcome, Lady Liberty! On this day, 135 years ago, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor on board the French steamer Isere. But did you know that you do not necessarily have to travel to New York to see it? In fact, you do not even have to go to the United States at […]
Sunday, June 14th, is Flag Day. In our 2012 post on the subject, I wrote about the origins of Flag Day and flag etiquette. In celebration of Flag Day this year, Andrew is helping us celebrate with a view of some state flags which are on display as one travels from the Capitol Visitors Center to […]
William Howard Taft was a man who held many titles in his life: president of the United States, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and most significantly for this post, chairman of the Lincoln Memorial Commission. He held this post during his tenure as president, and oversaw the planning and selection […]
The last few weeks have brought about a lot of changes. I am extremely proud of the Congress.gov team. We have been working remotely for three weeks, and our team continues to work to improve the website. We had a release last week and are wrapping up development for our next one. Margaret continues to […]
Your favorite fantasy fiction, movies, and even Mr. Bean aside, wearing cotton gloves (aka the “cotton menace”) isn’t the best way to show love for rare books when you handle them. As the Ransom Center has observed, “[t]he conservator’s explanation in support of bare hands is that they afford much greater manual dexterity. Ungloved hands […]