November 7 - 1831: Barnstable builds a new Courthouse

Construction begins on today's courthouse
Mercy Otis Warren stands in front of the Barnstable Courthouse on Route 6A in Barnstable Village. Photo by Jane Booth.

1831: Building Barnstable's new Courthouse

On this day in 1831, construction began on a new courthouse in Barnstable Village to replace one destroyed by fire four years earlier.

The structure, the columned facade of which can be seen in the photo on left, eventually became Barnstable County Superior Court, situated close to the former county jail and the district court built in the early 1970s.

The statue of Colonial Patriot Mercy Otis Warren was added as a counter balance to her brother James Warren's statue which was the only one there for decades.

Here is "Everything Else Which Happened Today" including 1637 - Anne Hutchinson tried in Massachusetts Bay Colony as a heretic. Anne Hutchinson, born Anne Marbury, was a Puritan spiritual adviser, mother of 15, and important participant in the Antinomian Controversy that shook the infant Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1636 to 1638.

One of the most enduring myths in American history is the belief that the Puritans fled to America in search of religious liberty. Unfortunately, this belief is at best only a half truth,

The Puritans were strict religious people who believed in a sovereign God, who all men were to obey. To better serve their God, and to create a more godly society, the Puritans removed from England to the wilderness surrounding Massachusetts Bay.

There they hoped to covenant among themselves and with God in order to create a religious and civil society based on the Bible and dedicated to worshipping God in the "correct" manner. According to Puritan theory, God would bless and protect his chosen people as long as everyone kept God's commandments, but should anyone in the society stray, the covenant would be broken and the entire community would suffer. Read more here. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on