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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.

Head one block north on 2nd St. and look up. You can't miss the iconic steeple of Christ Church.

Historic District, North of Market Street