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Old Courthouse

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1792–1793. 1837 moved here. 1974–1975 restored. 10 S. Bedford St.
  • Old Courthouse (W. Barksdale Maynard)

Georgetown was founded to supplant Lewes as the county seat, and this two-story cypress-shingled building with gabled roof was among the first to be erected in “James Pettyjohn's old field,” the tract upon which the new town grid was laid out. After being replaced in turn by the current courthouse, the structure was moved to a new location, where it served as a dwelling and, later, as a printing office. The state archives commission bought the abandoned and dilapidated building and heavily rebuilt it for the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Old Courthouse", [Georgetown, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 264-264.

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