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Long noted for its canneries, Bridgeville (pop. 1,436) still has a factory that makes scrapple. A gray, rock-faced cement brick was popular here and elsewhere in Sussex County in the early twentieth century, the railroad allowing easy distribution of such products. Several houses of that period are interesting for showing up-to-date architectural styles and materials, for example, Cannon House at 106 Main Street, in Arts and Crafts style with wide eaves. The Police Department in the former Baltimore Trust Company building (1903–1904; 302 Market St.) emulates the bold architectural style of Frank Furness and has metal cresting on the roof ridge; later, the diminutive building got a Beaux-Arts limestone facade in a stylish updating. The Gothic Revival St. Mary's Episcopal Church (1888–1889; 21 William St.) was built of inexpensive red brick with a trim of terra-cotta and yellow brick. A somewhat incongruous addition of 1969 partly surrounds the church and envelops its altar end. The Presbyterian Church of 1866 is now the town library (210 Market St.).

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Author: 
W. Barksdale Maynard

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