Georgetown Historical Society announces Old Courthouse 2018 visitation schedule

GEORGETOWN – In 2017, the 1792 Old Courthouse in Georgetown had hundreds of tourists and visitors.

The Georgetown Historical Society anticipates increased visitation following Delaware’s extensive rehabilitation of the structure in 2017.

Georgetown Historical Society president Jim Bowden shares into formation on the Old Courthouse.

Beginning May 5 through Labor Day the Old Courthouse will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. Hours will likely be extended for Georgetown’s numerous festivals including the eagerly anticipated Return Day 2018.

Georgetown’s first court house has Patty Cannon’s poison cache, as well as exhibits relating to the whipping post which continued in the statute books of Delaware until repealed in 1971.

Sussex County’s actual whipping post is located on the grounds of the courthouse, the post being the location of the county’s last whipping in 1950.

Courthouse tours are given by Georgetown Historical Society members, several of which are attired in period costume.

Admission and tours are without fee, and parking is available near the structure. The GPS address is 10 South Bedford Street, which is 100 feet south of the Georgetown Circle.

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