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Middlebury in Addison County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Court Square

 
 
Court Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dennis Gilkenson, June 26, 2019
1. Court Square Marker
Inscription.  From 1796 to 1814 Court Square was the site of the first Addison County Courthouse, which also served as the seat of the Vermont Legislature (1800, 1806), and home of Middlebury’s first female academy (1800). Here in June 1804 a New York slaveholder brought suit before a session of the Supreme Court to reclaim an escaped slave apprehended in Vermont. When his proffered bill of sale was deemed insufficient proof of ownership, his attorney demanded what the court would accept. Justice Theophilus Harrington of Clarendon responded with some of the most famous words from a Vermont courtroom, “Nothing short of a bill of sale signed by God Almighty Himself.” The former slave went free.
 
Erected 2019 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 44° 0.841′ N, 73° 9.967′ W. Marker is in Middlebury, Vermont, in Addison County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middlebury VT 05753, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Middlebury War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); The Addison County Courthouse
Wide View of Court Square Marker on Square image. Click for full size.
By Dennis Gilkenson, June 26, 2019
2. Wide View of Court Square Marker on Square
(within shouting distance of this marker); Emma Willard (within shouting distance of this marker); Middlebury Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Emma Willard Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charter House (about 400 feet away); Samuel Miller, Esq. (about 400 feet away); The Battell Block (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middlebury.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2019, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 27, 2019, by Dennis Gilkenson of Saxtons River, Vermont. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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