Georgetown, Delaware

The County Seat

Although Lewes was the original County Seat of Sussex County, it was relocated to Georgetown in 1791 because of its central location, said to be "sixteen miles from everywhere" in Sussex County. The town, named in honor of comissioner George Mitchell, was originally and uniquely laid out in a circle that is one mile in diameter and centered around a square. The square is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

There are many things which make Georgetown, Delaware a special place! Just a short drive from the ocean resorts, Georgetown is home to Delaware Technical and Community College, a fully accredited college offering over 120 programs leading to an Associates Degree or diploma.

The Delaware Court of Chancery is also located in Georgetown and is widely recognized as the nation's preeminent forum for the determination of disputes involving the internal affairs of the thousands of Delaware corporations and other business entities through which a vast amount of the world's commercial affairs is conducted. Its unique competence in and exposure to issues of business law are unmatched. Many corporate lawsuits are tried and settled here.

Additionally, every two years, Georgetown hosts an unusual event known as "Return day", a half-day-long parade and festival two days after Election Day. Stemming from the colonial days in which the public would congregate in Georgetown two days after the election to hear the results (because it would take that long to deliver the results to the courthouse by horseback), the winners and losers of that year's political races parade around The Circle in carriages. They then ceremonially "bury the hatchet" in a tub of sand. The afternoon of Return Day is a holiday for county and state workers in Sussex County, and the event is marked by a traditional oyster feast, much revelry, and, of course, the beginning of the next round of campaigns. Many in Delaware feel that the state's traditionally chummy and staid political climate is due in large part to the Return Day tradition.

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