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Market Street When It Was a Marketplace

An 18th Century Market Shed

Stand at Second and Market Streets, looking east, and behold a recreation of an 18th century market shed. This is a reminder of the time when Market Street was indeed a bustling marketplace. At Second and Market was Town Hall, which housed courts and provincial offices, and anchored the Market. Town Hall's outdoor balcony was a favorite spot for oration and a pillory with prisoners being punished added to the frenetic nature of the market.

Historic District, North of Market Street