Newton County Courthouse - August 3rd, 2018

Visit the 1902 Newton County Courthouse in Newton, Texas

The 3rd county courthouse with priors built in 1853 and 1848

Built in Second Empire style with a sloping, pressed metal roof

With corner quoins, bracketed cornice & balconies over the entrances

An electrical fire in 2000 burned the courthouse leaving only outer walls

It sat abandoned for 6 years before restoration, completed in 2012

The courthouse was restored to its 1937 condition

The unusual truncated clock tower was restored in 2009

The Newton Eagles water tower is in the corner of the courthouse square

Monument to father & founder of the 1st permanent Methodist church

Born in Virginia, 1772 and died near Jasper in 1841

Pioneer Protestant Preacher Rev. Henry Stephenson

Find the Historic Clock Bell on the north side on Court Street

A bell and clock were installed in the tower in 1929

They survived the 2000 fire and are on display here

The eastern most county in Texas grew after the railroad arrived in 1905

The history of Newton with photos & captions including the courthourse

The people and places that made Newton great are chronicled

An impressive memorial lies near the water tower

The US Military practiced maneuvers in Newton County from 1941-44

A veterans memorial to those who died and all who served their country

Front & back with space to honor those who serve in the future as well

Step inside the courthouse and climb to the 3rd floor balcony

Look down on the 2nd floor courtroom below

A few floorboards were recovered after the 2000 fire but most is new

Enter the third floor commissioner's courtroom

Find the spiral staircase leading down to the courtroom below

Hidden behind a false wall for years, it survived the fire & was restored

Enter the restored courtroom with bench seating & pillars

Look back at the spiral staircase on the 2nd floor

Fully restored Newton County Courtroom as of 2012

Head back down to the first floor of this fine 115 year old courthouse