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“Pettijohn’s Old Field”

 
 
"Pettijohn's Old Field" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Maggie Lora, June 24, 2006
1. "Pettijohn's Old Field" Marker
Inscription.  The future home of Sussex County’s seat of government was a sparsely populated rural area when the 76 acres which would become the Town of Georgetown were purchased on May 9, 1791. Located “near the centre” of the country at a place known as “James Pettijohn’s Old Field,” the land was surveyed by Rhoads Shankland, who divided it into lots which were sold to defray costs associated with the establishment of the town. The most prominent feature of his design was this Public Square, known today as The Circle. (Marker Number SC-86.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Political Subdivisions. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1811.
 
Location. 38° 41.416′ N, 75° 23.136′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is at the intersection of The Circle (U.S. 9) and Bedford Street and Market Street, on the left on The Circle. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Georgetown DE 19947, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. W.W.I (here, next to this marker); Relocation of the County Seat
“Pettijohn’s Old Field” Marker with 2011 paint scheme , at the Court of Chancery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 18, 2011
2. “Pettijohn’s Old Field” Marker with 2011 paint scheme , at the Court of Chancery
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(a few steps from this marker); Sussex County Korean War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Women's Suffrage in Delaware (within shouting distance of this marker); Return Day (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Georgetown, Delaware History. (Submitted on July 1, 2006.)
2. Walking Tour of Historic Georgetown, Delaware. (Submitted on July 1, 2006.)
 
“Pettijohn’s Old Field” Marker near the Market Street Circle image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, October 18, 2011
3. “Pettijohn’s Old Field” Marker near the Market Street Circle
Georgetown Circle image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
4. Georgetown Circle
Georgetown Circle image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
5. Georgetown Circle
Georgetown Circle image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
6. Georgetown Circle
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 1, 2006, by Maggie Lora of Kensington, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,098 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 1, 2006, by Maggie Lora of Kensington, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on October 25, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4, 5, 6. submitted on December 2, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 9, 2022