On the right track: ‘First Saturday in Georgetown’ ringing with interest

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Kayla Marshall of Bridgeville looks on as Rebecca Jones of Seaford tries out one of the old-time communication systems on display at the Marvel Museum’s Delaware Telephone Museum during First Saturday in Georgetown. (Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe).

GEORGETOWN – The Delaware Telephone Museum, located on the spacious grounds of the Nutter Marvel Carriage Museum, was literally ringing with interest Saturday.

Rotary phones and old operator switchboard communications from yesteryear stirred the interest of visitors of all ages.

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Alexis Lattimer of Laurel sits in one of the carriages on public display at the Marvel Museum during the First Saturday in Georgetown. (Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe).

And just over two hours into the initial First Saturday in Georgetown, public attendance approached 100 at the Marvel Museum – which is operated by the Georgetown Historical Society and home to historic carriages and numerous other attractions.

Sponsored by the newly-former Georgetown Nonprofit Alliance, First Saturday in Georgetown is a five-month initiative offering free public tours of six museums in the Georgetown area: the Masonic Lodge, Old Georgetown Train Station, Old Sussex County Courthouse, Delaware Aviation Museum, Marvel Museum and Treasures of the Sea.

Dozens of people took in the attractions at the Old Train Station, owned by the Historic Georgetown Association. The station, which re-opened in June 2014 following $400,000 in renovations following a May 2011 fire, features railroad history, model train displays provided by the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club and other historic memorabilia.

The idea behind the First Saturday in Georgetown initiative is to spur interest in the town and its history, and make Georgetown a destination and attraction for local residents as well as visitors.

Interestingly, the first patron at the Old Train Station was from the “Show Me” state of Missouri.

“The first gentleman that came here today – almost immediately when we opened at 10 o’clock – said, ‘I am from St. Louis. I am here for a wedding over Frederick, Maryland,’” said Lynn Moore, Vice President of the HGA.  “He said he just wanted to get away from everybody – the wife and daughters for a while. He saw on the website that these museums were open …”

Shari Michelle Papanicolas arrived at the train station on her Harley-Davidson motorcycle. She and a fellow rider were camping in Berlin, Md., and decided “to just pop in.”

On the first Saturdays in May, June, August and September, and second Saturday in July (due to the Fourth of July holiday), the six museums will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. free of admission charge.

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Lynn Moore, Vice President of the Historic Georgetown Association, shares information on one of the attractions at the Old Georgetown Train Station with Shari Michelle Papanicolas of Berlin, MD. (Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe).

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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