Monday, 21st of August 2017

Monday, 21st of August 2017

A tablet marking the site of the First Courthouse in Somerset County is set on a boulder near the Six Mile Run Reformed Church in Franklin Park, a small village six miles (thus Six Mile Run) southwest of New Brunswick. The tablet was erected jointly by the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey and the Somerset County Historical Society and was dedicated on November 15, 1910.

 

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SITE OF FIRST COURTHOUSE
IN SOMERSET COUNTY

ERECTED        AT THE PLACE THEN CALLED        BURNT
 1716                       SIX MILE RUN                        1737


ERECTED BY THE SOCIETY OF COLONIAL WARS
IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY ~ AND THE
SOMERSET COUNTY HISTORICAL
SOCIETY ~ 1910

 

 

 

The First Courthouse of Somerset County dated back to 1716 and was situated in the area then known as Six Mile Run.  The ancient road on which it sat was in 1710 known as "the great road that leads from Indian's Ferry (now New Brunswick) to Cranberry Brook". In 1737 the Courthouse accidentally caught fire and burned, destroying all records.