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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Sussex County, Delaware

 
Clickable Map of Sussex County, Delaware and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Sussex County, DE (421) Kent County, DE (250) Caroline County, MD (85) Dorchester County, MD (148) Wicomico County, MD (94) Worcester County, MD (94) Cape May County, NJ (170)  SussexCounty(421) Sussex County (421)  KentCounty(250) Kent County (250)  CarolineCountyMaryland(85) Caroline County (85)  DorchesterCounty(148) Dorchester County (148)  WicomicoCounty(94) Wicomico County (94)  WorcesterCounty(94) Worcester County (94)  CapeMayCountyNew Jersey(170) Cape May County (170)
Georgetown is the county seat for Sussex County
Adjacent to Sussex County, Delaware
      Kent County (250)  
      Caroline County, Maryland (85)  
      Dorchester County, Maryland (148)  
      Wicomico County, Maryland (94)  
      Worcester County, Maryland (94)  
      Cape May County, New Jersey (170)  
 
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1Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — Addy ICirca 1901
On 2nd Street just west of Atlantic Avenue, on the left when traveling west.
The first of 5 houses built by John M. Addy of Pittsburgh, PA. It later became "Williams Inn," renting room from the 1930's until 1975.Map (db m150143) HM
2Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — Addy Sea
On Ocean View Parkway at Atlantic Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Ocean View Parkway.
The 4th of 5 houses built by John M. Addy, Pittsburgh, PA — was one of the "Six First Families". Considered as his masterpiece, it was one of the 1st homes to have indoor plumbing. In 1935 it was converted to a guest house and is now operated as a . . . Map (db m198878) HM
3Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — SC-158 — Bethany Beach Loop Canal
On Pennsylvania Avenue (Local Road 51) at First Street, on the right when traveling south on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Completed July 8, 1910, the Loop Canal marked the end of a long journey for vacationers traveling to Bethany Beach in the town’s early days. Arriving in Rehoboth by railroad, travelers would continue their voyage by boat, crossing Rehoboth and . . . Map (db m37155) HM
4Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — Bowling Alley"Gone but not forgotten"
On Boardwalk north of 1st Street, on the right when traveling north.
Built in 1930 by Thomas Granville Walston and his wife Minnie Ann and located on the boardwalk between First and Second Streets. Later owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Zada and Bill Wilgus who occupied the apartment above. It . . . Map (db m150140) HM
5Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — Catching WavesDelaware Seashore State Park
Near Access Road A, 0.2 miles north of Coastal Highway (Delaware Route 1) when traveling north.
Surf fishing is a Delaware tradition older than the beach parks themselves. Decades of cooperation between surf anglers, DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation, elected officials, and other concerned citizens have created perfect conditions . . . Map (db m206352) HM
6Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — Charles W. Cullen BridgeIndian River Inlet
Near Coastal Highway (Delaware Route 1 at milepost 12), on the right when traveling north.
The present inlet was formed in 1929 and was widened and stabilized by the Corps of Engineers from 1938-1940. The first three bridges that spanned the inlet were plagued by a series of failures due to environmental and meteorological conditions. . . . Map (db m108109) HM
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7Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — Drexler HouseCirca 1905
On North Atlantic Avenue at Campbell Place on North Atlantic Avenue.
Built by Senator Louis Drexler, Pittsburgh, PA. Moved back from the beach 3 times. A 2nd floor balcony surrounds the living room.Map (db m150145) HM
8Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — Errett Cottage
On 1st Street just west of Atlantic Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
Built in 1903 by William R. Errett, Pittsburgh, PA, one of the "Six First Families." Its original design has been maintained and is the only one of the first cottages still in the same family.Map (db m150144) HM
9Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — Indian River Inlet and BridgeNature vs. Technology
On Turn Point Road (Local Road 50A) west of South Inlet Road, on the right when traveling west.
The Indian River Inlet has not always existed in its current location. This barrier beach environment is dynamic, and the opening to the inlet has opened and closed at different locations. When the inlet closed, navigation, water quality, . . . Map (db m206345) HM
10Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — Lattimer Cottage
On Atlantic Avenue just south of 2nd Street, on the left when traveling south.
Originally owned by Robert Lattimer, whose will bequeathed the house to Ethel Palmer and Caroline Sloan on condition they remain unmarried. As Caroline Sloan eventually married, Ethel Palmer became heir to the home that has continued to remain in . . . Map (db m150142) HM
11Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — Ringler's Theatre"Gone but not forgotten"
On Boardwalk at Garfield Parkway, on the right when traveling north on Boardwalk.
Built in 1923 by Raymond Ringler at this location. Movies were shown, accompanied by refreshments, followed by dancing to the music of a local band. Destroyed during the storm of 1944, it was later replaced by the "Blue Surf" motel until 2008.Map (db m150138) HM
12Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — Sand Bypass SystemCreating Balance
Near Access Road A, 0.2 miles north of Coastal Highway (Delaware Route 1), on the right when traveling north.
There is an ocean current that moves sand parallel to the coast known as the "littoral drift" or "longshore current." Along most of coastal Delaware, this current moves in a northward direction. As it moves north, it moves sand. There is so much . . . Map (db m206344) HM
13Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — Scott HouseCirca 1928
On Parkwood Street just east of South Atlantic Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
Built and named "Sco-Hi-Tay" by the Scott sisters: Anna Scott, Belle Scott Helber and Maize Scott Taylor of Pittsburgh, PA.Map (db m198877) HM
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14Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — Seaside Inn"Gone but not forgotten"
On Boardwalk at 2nd Street, in the median on Boardwalk.
Built in the early 1900's at 2nd Street and the beach by R.R. Bulgin, a Disciples of Christ Preacher and named the Bellevue-Atlantic Hotel. 1915 purchased by John Addy and renamed Seaside Inn. Subsequent owners Cal and Alice Jagger provided room and . . . Map (db m150141) HM
15Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — SC-73 — Shipwreck of the Faithful Steward
On Delaware Route 1 at milepost 12 at Savages Ditch Rd., on the right when traveling south on State Route 1.
The Faithful Steward, bound from Londonderry, Ireland to Philadelphia, ran aground on a shoal September 1, 1785 with 249 passengers aboard. Stormy weather drove the vessel toward shore where it became stranded in 4 fathoms (24 feet) of water within . . . Map (db m108226) HM
16Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — Townsend House
On South Atlantic Avenue just south of Parkwood Street, on the left when traveling south.
Built in the mid-1920's by Priney Townsend, Ocean View, DE. In 1950 the house was turned 180° and a full length deck facing the ocean was added.Map (db m150146) HM
17Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — Warren's Restaurant"Gone but not forgotten"
On Boardwalk just north of Garfield Parkway, on the right when traveling north.
The first restaurant on Bethany's boardwalk. Built in 1933 and destroyed by fire in 1953. Became the Holiday House under owners Karl Klais and James Popham who rebuilt again after the storm of 1962. 1984 owned by Arnold Brown it became the first . . . Map (db m150139) HM
18Delaware, Sussex County, Bethany Beach — You Are Not ForgottenPOW★MIA
On Boardwalk at Garfield Parkway, on the right when traveling south on Boardwalk.
Since World War I, more than 92,000 American soldiers are unaccounted for. This unoccupied seat is dedicated to the memory of these brave men and women and to the sacrifices each made in serving our country. God Bless You. God Bless . . . Map (db m150137) WM
19Delaware, Sussex County, Bethel — S-79 — Bethel Shipyard
On Main Avenue (County Road 493), on the right when traveling south.
With the incorporation of the Lewisville Marine Railway Company in 1871, Bethel’s reputation as a center for ship repair and construction was firmly established. Approximately 40 vessels were built here before the last ship was launched in . . . Map (db m60463) HM
20Delaware, Sussex County, Bethel — SC-191 — Sailor's Bethel Methodist Church
On Main Avenue at Main Avenue on Main Avenue.
The roots of this congregation can be traced to 1809, when a house of worship was constructed to serve the needs of the many residents of this area who were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. First known as Elzey Moore’s Meeting . . . Map (db m60464) HM
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21Delaware, Sussex County, Blades — SC-100 — Blades United Methodist Church
On Market Street (Business U.S. 13) at 3rd Street, on the left when traveling south on Market Street.
Formerly known as Cannon's Chapel, the first church building was constructed in the early 1870's on East High Street (then known as Concord Road). The Church was incorporated on July 16, 1877. In 1887, the Trustees of the Church purchased land at . . . Map (db m4536) HM
22Delaware, Sussex County, Blades — SC-246 — Town of Blades
On South Market Street (Alternate U.S. 13) 0.1 miles north of East High Street, on the left when traveling north.
Situated on the banks of the Nanticoke River, the town of Blades was first known as "Bladesville" and named for the Blades family. James Blades, an early railroad pioneer, purchased a tract of land which extended to present day High and Market . . . Map (db m138274) HM
23Delaware, Sussex County, Blades — Veterans Memorial
On East 6th Street, 0.1 miles east of South Arch Street, on the right when traveling east.
Remembering the men and women who served in the Armed Forces in the cause of freedom Dedicated Nov. 11, 1995 by the Citizens of our community on the 50th Anniversary of the end of World War II.Map (db m138275) WM
24Delaware, Sussex County, Bridgeville — Bridgeville, Delaware
On North Main Street (Business Delaware Route 404) near Market Street, on the right when traveling north.
Settled in 1684 by Christopher Nutter Through a land grant from Charles Calvert, The third Lord Baron of Baltimore Originally referred to as "Attawattacoquin" Later known as "Bridge Branch" until January 3, 1871, . . . Map (db m50178) HM
25Delaware, Sussex County, Bridgeville — SC-209 — Chaplain's Chapel United Methodist Church
On Chaplain's Chapel Road at Deer Forest Road on Chaplain's Chapel Road.
Methodism came to this area in the late 18th century when pioneering circuit riders such as Francis Asbury visited local residents to spread the message of their faith. The origin of this congregation can be traced to 1859, when the members of two . . . Map (db m38655) HM
26Delaware, Sussex County, Bridgeville — SC-200 — Edward Redfield
On Delaware Avenue at Williams Street, on the right on Delaware Avenue.
Landscape painter Edward Willis Redfield was born near Bridgeville, Delaware on December 19, 1869. After studying in Philadelphia and Paris he moved to Buck’s County, Pennsylvania, where he became leader of a colony of artists called the New Hope . . . Map (db m38654) HM
27Delaware, Sussex County, Bridgeville — SC-279 — Elizabeth Smith-Cornish
On Sussex Highway (U.S. 13) at Elizabeth Cornish Landing, on the right when traveling south on Sussex Highway.
Elizabeth Smith-Cornish (1937-2018) was a mother, educator, health professional, and community activist who advocated for safe and affordable housing for farm workers in the Bridgeville area. In the 1980s and 1990s, she surveyed households, met with . . . Map (db m193786) HM
28Delaware, Sussex County, Bridgeville — SC-268 — Jack Lewis
On South Cannon Street just north of Jacobs Avenue, on the left when traveling north.
John I. "Jack" Lewis (1912-2012) moved to Delaware in 1936 as an artist with the Civilian Conservation Corps tasked with documenting activities at CCC camps in the state. After serving in the Pacific with the U.S. Army during World War II, he . . . Map (db m150089) HM
29Delaware, Sussex County, Bridgeville — Old Bridgeville Firehouse
On Williams Street just south of Union Street, on the right when traveling south.
Old Bridgeville Firehouse has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior [Additional plaque:] Old Bridgeville Fire House Built - 1911 . . . Map (db m150083) HM
30Delaware, Sussex County, Bridgeville — SC-179 — Phillis Wheatley School
Near Church Street at 1st Street, on the left when traveling south.
The inadequate condition of schools throughout the nation resulted in a major effort to reform public education following World War I. Delaware was at the forefront of this movement. With the assistance of the Delaware Auxiliary Association and its . . . Map (db m193781) HM
31Delaware, Sussex County, Bridgeville — S. 50 — Seaford Hundred
On Georgetown-Bridgeville Road (Delaware Route 404), on the right when traveling east.
Detached from Northwest Fork Hundred by Act of General Assembly, 1869. Northwest Fork Hundred, originally claimed by Maryland, then embraced all territory west of Northwest Fork. Delaware obtained undisputed title in 1775, upon . . . Map (db m48997) HM
32Delaware, Sussex County, Bridgeville — SC-132 — Site of Jacobs School #143
On Seashore Highway (Delaware Route 404) 0.2 miles east of Sussex Highway (U.S. 13), on the left when traveling east.
In 1863 the Sussex County Levy Court formally approved the creation of a new school district to serve the needs of local citizens. A frame schoolhouse was constructed on this site on land provided by Thomas Jacobs. Measuring twenty feet in width and . . . Map (db m4537) HM
33Delaware, Sussex County, Bridgeville — Sudler House
On North Main Street (Alternate U.S. 13) near Church Street, on the right when traveling north. Reported permanently removed.
Erected about 1750, with additions during the Federal period. Land was granted to Cacilus Stevens in 1658. Francis Asbury preached here. William Jessop, an early occupant, was a pioneer Methodist missionary in Canada. From 1833 to 1971 the Sudler . . . Map (db m193774) HM
34Delaware, Sussex County, Bridgeville — SC-71 — Sudler HouseAttawattacoquin
On North Main Street at Church Street, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street.
A patent for 1200 acres called Attawattacoquin, upon which the house and outbuildings stand, was granted in 1684 by Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, 2nd Proprietor and 6th and 9th Proprietary Governor of Maryland, to Christopher Nutter, a . . . Map (db m193782) HM
35Delaware, Sussex County, Dagsboro — S-23 — Baltimore Hundred
On Vines Creek Road (Delaware Route 26), on the left when traveling west.
Prior to 1775 this hundred was claimed as part of Worchester County, Maryland being named for Lord Baltimore. After boundary line between Maryland and Delaware was confirmed, Baltimore Hundred became part of Sussex County, Delaware.Map (db m37404) HM
36Delaware, Sussex County, Dagsboro — SC-59 — Dagsboro
On Main Street, (Delaware Route 26), (Delaware Route 20) near Canal Street, on the right when traveling north.
Settled at the site of a gristmill on Pepper Creek, this village was originally known as Blackfoot Town. The present name of the community is derived from that of John Dagsworthy. A New Jersey native who moved to this area in the mid- 18th . . . Map (db m37239) HM
37Delaware, Sussex County, Dagsboro — SC-113 — Hickory Hill Methodist Church
On Molly Field Road (County Route 407), on the right when traveling north.
For many years local Methodists were forced to travel a considerable distance to attend services. In 1873, Houston’s School House was established as a preaching place within the local circuit. The success of this effort stimulated interest . . . Map (db m61105) HM
38Delaware, Sussex County, Dagsboro — POW ★ MIAYou Are Not Forgotten
On 9 Foot Road (Delaware Route 26) just west of Dupont Boulevard (U.S. 113), on the left when traveling east.
Since World War II, more than 82,000 American soldiers are unaccounted for. This unoccupied seat is dedicated to the memory of these brave men and women and to the sacrifices each made in serving our country. God bless you. God bless . . . Map (db m198873) WM
39Delaware, Sussex County, Dagsboro — Prince George's Chapel
On Vines Creek Road (Delaware Route 26) west of Chapel Lane, on the right when traveling west.
Built 1755 as a chapel of Worcester Parish Dedicated June 15, 1974 as a State Historic Site.Map (db m206863) HM
40Delaware, Sussex County, Dagsboro — SC-118 — Prince George's Chapel
Near Chapel Lane at Vines Creek Road.
Before the settlement of the boundary dispute between Delaware and Maryland, this area was considered to lie in Maryland. On July 5, 1755, responding to the request of members of the Church of England residing in the upper portion of Worcester . . . Map (db m39556) HM
41Delaware, Sussex County, Dagsboro — Rev. Edward Dingle of England
On Ward Lane just north of Vines Creek Road (Delaware Route 26), on the right when traveling north.
The Rev. Edward Dingle of England settled at Dagsboro, Del. Nov. 11, 1753, also built St. Martin's Church, Worcester Co. MD. 1756 completed 1759. He died 1763 and was buried with his wife under St. Martins pulpit as was the English custom.Map (db m190339) HM
42Delaware, Sussex County, Dagsboro — Spring Banke
On Atlantic Avenue (Delaware Route 26) just east of Diane Road, on the left when traveling east.
Spring Banke has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m198875) HM
43Delaware, Sussex County, Dagsboro — Veterans Memorial
On Vines Creek Road (Delaware Route 26) just west of Chapel Lane, on the right when traveling west.
This flag is dedicated to those who have served in the Armed Forces of the United StatesMap (db m190340) WM
44Delaware, Sussex County, Dagsboro — World Wars I and II Memorial
On Clayton Street (Route 26) just west of Main Street (Delaware Route 20), on the right when traveling west.
In honor of those who paid the supreme sacrifice in World War II Reginald M. Layfield • William H. Morris • Randall C. Joines and in memory of those who served in World Wars I and IIMap (db m198874) WM
45Delaware, Sussex County, Delmar — American Legion Memorial
On North 2nd Street at East Grove Street, on the right when traveling north on North 2nd Street.
Dedicated November 16, 1975 in honor of the men who gave their lives for our country and the charter members of the post Marion Hastings • Francis Nunvar • George Harrington • S. Harrison Jones • W. Edward Ritchie • John Sheldon • . . . Map (db m165021) HM WM
46Delaware, Sussex County, Delmar — S-69 — Highball Signal
On North Pennsylvania Avenue near East State Street.
Signals of this type were used on early railroads to control train movements. When the track was clear, the station agent would hoist the ball, permitting the train to proceed. The signal is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.Map (db m39780) HM
47Delaware, Sussex County, Delmar — SC- 104 — Line United Methodist Church
On Line Church Road, on the right when traveling west.
On January 31, 1785, Planner Shores sold a one acre lot to the trustees of the local Methodist Society. A part of a tract known as “Pleasant Grove”, the land was located on the border of Delaware and Maryland. The deed stipulated that a . . . Map (db m49925) HM
48Delaware, Sussex County, Delmar — SC-103 — Town of Delmar
On State Street (Delaware Route 54) at 6th Street, on the right when traveling west on State Street.
The town of Delmar was established soon after the Delaware Railroad reached this area in 1859. Although fire devastated Delmar in 1892 and 1901, the town continued to build and grow. Incorporated on March 9, 1899, Delmar became known as the . . . Map (db m168192) HM
49Delaware, Sussex County, Delmar — Veterans Memorial
On State Street (Delaware Route 54) just west of North 6th Street, on the right when traveling west.
In memory of our comrades who fought and died for freedom's cause. World War I • World War II • Korea • VietnamMap (db m174388) WM
50Delaware, Sussex County, Delmar — World War II Memorial1941-1945
On East State Street (Delaware Route 54), on the right when traveling west.
In memory of our comrades who died for freedom in World War II John G. Cropper • George C. Curdy • Harold E. Dutton • Roland Galusha • Howard E. Hastings • Robert B. Hayman • George Kerekesh • Calvert A. Legates • Ralph McCain • Harry Neill • . . . Map (db m39782) WM
51Delaware, Sussex County, Dewey Beach — Indian River Inlet and BridgeNature vs. Technology
Near Inlet Road, 0.6 miles south of Coastal Highway (Delaware Route 1), on the left when traveling south.
The Indian River Inlet has not always existed in its current location. This barrier beach environment is dynamic, and the opening to the inlet has opened and closed at different locations. When the inlet closed, navigation, water quality, . . . Map (db m150130) HM
52Delaware, Sussex County, Dewey Beach — Sand Bypass SystemCreating Balance
Near Inlet Road, 0.6 miles south of Coastal Highway (Delaware Route 1), on the left when traveling south.
There is an ocean current that moves sand parallel to the coast known as the "littoral drift" or "longshore current." Along most of coastal Delaware, this current moves in a northward direction. As it moves north, it moves sand. There is so much . . . Map (db m150128) HM
53Delaware, Sussex County, Dewey Beach — Standing Guard
On Coastal Highway.
Built from 1939 to 1942, the 11 concrete observation towers along Delaware's coast were built to protect the shores during World War II - and to last about 20 years. They are still standing after 60 years. The towers were the eyes for the guns of . . . Map (db m68875) HM
54Delaware, Sussex County, Dewey Beach — United States Life-Saving ServiceStruggles with the Sea
Near Inlet Road, 0.6 miles south of Coastal Highway (Delaware Route 1), on the left when traveling south.
In the 1870s, the United States Life-Saving Service (USLSS) was established to aid the victims of shipwrecks on American shores. The service featured a network of stations, with seven or eight men — called surfmen — who . . . Map (db m150127) HM
55Delaware, Sussex County, Ellendale — SC-184 — Ellendale's Railroad Square
On E. Railroad Avenue close to Main Street (Delaware Road 16), on the right when traveling south.
Ellendale’s Railroad Square was a major rail junction and a beehive of economic activity in Sussex County. The first section of the Junction and Breakwater Railroad from Harrington to Milford was completed in 1859. In March 1860, the Company’s . . . Map (db m38647) HM
56Delaware, Sussex County, Ellendale — SC-254 — John Sudler Isaacs
On Cedar Creek Road (Delaware Route 30) at Isaacs Road, on the left when traveling south on Cedar Creek Road.
Born on August 22, 1889 near Greenwood, John Sudler Isaacs attended school until the sixth grade when he began working full time on the family farm. Although Isaacs started his career as a tenant farmer, he displayed a keen entrepreneurial spirit . . . Map (db m169914) HM
57Delaware, Sussex County, Ellendale — SC-198 — Town of Ellendale
On Main Street (Delaware Route 16) near McCauley Avenue, on the right when traveling east.
This area began as forest and swamp bridging the Divide between the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. European Contact made it a province of fur traders and hunters. In the 18th century, farming and timbering pushed back the swamp. With the . . . Map (db m37196) HM
58Delaware, Sussex County, Fenwick Island — Australia
On Coastal Highway (Delaware Route 1) south of Lighthouse Road (Delaware Route 54), on the right when traveling south.
The smallest, flattest and driest continent on earth is about the same size as the United States. Settled 200 Years ago by a contingent of outcasts and criminals from Great Britain, Australia is now populated by 16 million "ockers" and ten times . . . Map (db m206327) HM
59Delaware, Sussex County, Fenwick Island — Fenwick Island Lighthouse
On Lighthouse Road (146th Street), on the right when traveling west. Reported permanently removed.
On December 29, 1858, the Lighthouse Board issued the following announcement: “Notice to Mariners New Light-House at Fenwicks Island, Delaware” Notice is hereby given that the new tower at Fenwicks Island, Delaware, is finished, . . . Map (db m63345) HM
60Delaware, Sussex County, Fenwick Island — Mason and Dixon Line-Survey Start
On Lighthouse Road.
This is the marker from which Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon started the survey for the famous Mason-Dixon Line that separates Delaware from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. This marker was settled in 1750 by John Emory and Thomas Jones, . . . Map (db m95336) HM
61Delaware, Sussex County, Fenwick Island — The Fenwick Island Lighthouse
On 146th Street at Lighthouse Ave, on the left when traveling east on 146th Street.
The Fenwick Island Lighthouse Erected 1858 In operation from 1859 to 1978 as an official aid to navigation Transferred to Delaware, 1981 Restored, 1982 – 1983, by The Friends of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse under the leadership of . . . Map (db m3027) HM
62Delaware, Sussex County, Fenwick Island — The History of the Lighthouse
On Lighthouse Road, on the right when traveling west. Reported permanently removed.
The Fenwick Island Lighthouse was listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the Department of Interior in 1979 in recognition of its significance of the rich maritime history of Delaware. In 1852, responding to pressure to . . . Map (db m63347) HM
63Delaware, Sussex County, Fenwick Island — S.C.-74 — Transpeninsular Line
On Lighthouse Road (Delaware Route 54) near Coastal Highway (Delaware Route 1) when traveling south.
This stone monument, erected April 26, 1751, marks the eastern end of the Transpeninsular Line surveyed 1751-1751 by John Watson and William Parsons of Pennsylvania and John Emory and Thomas Jones of Maryland. This line established the east-west . . . Map (db m1234) HM
64Delaware, Sussex County, Frankford — SC-93 — Antioch Camp Meeting
On Clayton Avenue (County Route 401), on the right when traveling south.
A "society" of the African Methodist Episcopal Church was established in this area by the 1830's. The first church was purchased in 1857. On February 28, 1890 land was purchased at this site for the purpose of construction of a new church. Annual . . . Map (db m37323) HM
65Delaware, Sussex County, Frankford — SC-190/141 — Blackwater Presbyterian ChurchAmerican Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site
On Omar Road (County Route 54), on the right when traveling east.
In the 17th century, the colony of Maryland was founded as a refuge for Catholics and members of other religious faiths then subject to persecution. Many of the early settlers of this region, then a part of Maryland, were Presbyterians who had been . . . Map (db m122258) HM
66Delaware, Sussex County, Frankford — SC-237 — Captain Ebe Chandler House
On Main Street (County Road 54) at Reed Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street.
After adventurous service as a sea captain during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Captain Ebe Townsend Chandler returned to his hometown of Frankford and purchased what is now known as the Captain Chandler House in 1918. Built by Captain . . . Map (db m190329) HM
67Delaware, Sussex County, Frankford — SC-137 — Frankford United Methodist Church
On Clayton Avenue / Main Street (County Route 54) near Frankford Avenue, on the right when traveling south.
In 1819, a group of Methodists purchased a parcel of land north of present-day Frankford. A frame chapel was erected, and on March 4, 1820, the members of the congregation met there to elect trustees and formally organize themselves as Antioch . . . Map (db m37256) HM
68Delaware, Sussex County, Frankford — SC 141 — Jones Cemetery
On Lowes Crossing Road (County Route 61), on the right when traveling east.
By the 1840’s, a group of local Methodists were meeting nearby in Jones School. Desiring a permanent place of worship, the congregation built a church in 1857 at a site one-half mile west of here. In 1861, Jacob Jones and his wife, Love . . . Map (db m48566) HM
69Delaware, Sussex County, Frankford — SC-109 — St. George's United Methodist Church
On Omar Road (County Road 54) at Vines Creek Road (State Route 26), on the right when traveling west on Omar Road.
The roots of this congregation can be traced to the late 1700’s, when Methodist pioneers such as Francis Asbury and Freeborn Garrettson visited this area to propagate the faith. Meetings were held in the open air and in private residences. By 1816 a . . . Map (db m38381) HM
70Delaware, Sussex County, Frankford — SC-119 — Union Wesley United Methodist Church and Campground
On Powell Farm Road (County Road 365), on the left.
The roots of African-American Methodism in this area can be traced to the late 18th century when Methodism pioneers such as Francis Asbury and Freeborn Garrettson traveled locally organizing black “classes” for worship. Over time some groups chose . . . Map (db m37844) HM
71Delaware, Sussex County, Frankford — Veterans Memorial
On Main Street (County Road 54) just west of Green Street, on the right when traveling west.
In honor of all from Frankford who died serving their countryMap (db m190327) WM
72Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC-86 — “Pettijohn’s Old Field”
On The Circle (U.S. 9) at Bedford Street and Market Street, on the left on The Circle.
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 . . . Map (db m423) HM
73Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC-95 — Academy / Masonic Hall
On East Market Street (U.S. 9) at North Railroad Avenue, on the right when traveling south on East Market Street.
In 1827 the Delaware legislature authorized a lottery for the purpose of funding the construction of “an Academy and Masonic Hall.” Land was purchased in 1840, and construction commenced the following year. The building was formally . . . Map (db m427) HM
74Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC-112 — Bethesda Methodist Church
On Bethesda Road (County Road 326) near Stockley Road (County Road 432), on the right when traveling north.
During the late 18th century many of the residents of this area embraced the Methodist faith. Meetings were often held in the homes of church members. The origin of the Bethesda congregation can be traced to February of 1832, when trustees . . . Map (db m60762) HM
75Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — Chad E. SpicerEnd of Watch: 01 September 2009
On The Circle (U.S. 9) at North Bedford Street (Delaware Route 18/404), on the left when traveling south on The Circle.
"The Man" Chad E. Spicer was born August 23, 1980 at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, DE. Son of Norman and Ruthann. He resided in Georgetown, Delaware his whole life. His parents provided a very good home life for him teaching him right from . . . Map (db m190435) HM
76Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC 151 — Cokesbury Church
On Seashore Highway (Delaware Route 404) near Cokesbury Road (County Road 529), on the right when traveling east.
A Methodist meeting house was erected nearby circa 1803. In December of that year, the lot on which the building stood was conveyed to trustees on the condition that they finish and maintain the structure as a church and school. The . . . Map (db m49023) HM
77Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — Delaware Citizens Who Fought for the South
Near South Bedford Street (Business U.S. 9) north of Zoar Road, on the right when traveling south.
This monument sheds light on the facts that citizens here felt so strongly during the Civil War that they left their state, farms, businesses and families to head south to enlist. Delaware men served in units from Virginia to Texas. The journey . . . Map (db m199250) HM
78Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — Delaware Confederate War Memorial
On Bedford Street (Delaware Route 431).
Base inscription-erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy Caleb Ross Chapter #2635 and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Delaware Grays Camp #2068. Front text-not legible, back text-not legible, side text-Smith Gilley, Confederate Army, . . . Map (db m105569) WM
79Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — S 76 — Delaware Technical and Community College
On Seashore Highway (State Route 404) (State Road 18), on the left when traveling west.
Site of the first community college in the State of Delaware. Formerly William C. Jason High School, this college was created by the Delaware General Assembly in 1966 and opened the doors to students in September 1967. Because of its central . . . Map (db m49022) HM
80Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC-96 — General Alfred T.A. Torbert
On West Pine Street, on the right when traveling north.
Born in Georgetown on July 1, 1833, Torbert attended local schools prior to his appointment to the West Point Class of 1855. After the outbreak of the Civil War he rose rapidly in rank, serving as a regimental and brigade commander of New Jersey . . . Map (db m39375) HM
81Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — S-72 — George Alfred Townsend Birthplace
On West Market Street at Love Lane on West Market Street.
George Alfred Townsend, famous Civil War newspaper correspondent, journalist and author, was born on this block on January 30, 1841. Townsend’s novels and poetry reflect his deep love for his native region. His best-known historical novel, The . . . Map (db m38692) HM
82Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC-46 — Georgetown
On East market Street (State Route 404) (U.S. 9), on the right when traveling west.
Site of town purchased May 9, 1791 from Abraham Harris, Rowland Bevins,and Joshua Pepper, and laid out for county-seat of Sussex County in accordance with Act of General Assembly of January 29, 1791. Named Georgetown in honor of George Mitchell, . . . Map (db m49083) HM
83Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC-170 — Georgetown Fire Company
On South Bedford Street near West Pine Street.
On April 11, 1903, the commissioners of the Town of Georgetown held a public meeting to organize a fire company for the community. The effort was in response to the demands of businessmen and homeowners who had experienced rising insurance . . . Map (db m48860) HM
84Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC- 133 — Georgetown Presbyterian Church
On North Bedford Street, on the right when traveling south.
In 1859 a petition was submitted to the Lewes Presbytery requesting the creation of a Presbyterian Church in Georgetown. The congregation was organized the following year. Meetings were first held in the Sussex County Courthouse. The . . . Map (db m48861) HM
85Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC-193 — Georgetown Train Station
Near Layton Avenue, 1 mile Depot Street.
In 1857 efforts to extend a rail line from Harrington to the harbor at Lewes were initiated. Though the line was completed to Milford in 1859, additional work was delayed until 1867. By 1868 the rails had reached Georgetown. With extension of the . . . Map (db m38697) HM
86Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC-142 — Grace United Methodist Church
On East Market Street (US 9) (Delaware Route 404), on the right when traveling east.
In the spring of 1891, Rev. Louis A. Bennett was directed to establish a Methodist Protestant Church in Georgetown. His efforts were successful, and a frame church was completed the following year on the northwest corner of East Market and King . . . Map (db m49013) HM
87Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC-256 — Hebron Methodist Protestant (M.P.) Church
On Seashore Highway (Delaware Route 18/404) 0.1 miles east of County Road 522, on the right when traveling east.
Hebron M.P. church is one of nine rural Methodist Protestant Churches founded in Sussex County prior to 1888. It is the only known rural M.P. church in Sussex County to have undergone minimal alteration since its construction. The church exemplifies . . . Map (db m199246) HM
88Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — Hebron Methodist-Protestant Church and CemeteryGeorgetown, DE
On Seashore Highway (Delaware Route 18/404) 0.1 miles east of County Road 522, on the right when traveling east.
Hebron MP Church is a small country church located 2.5 miles west of Georgetown, south side of Rt 404, 6 miles east of Coverdale Crossroads. Land given for sum of $25.00 by John H. Day and his wife Mariah L. Day for place of worship. This land . . . Map (db m199248) HM
89Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — Joseph T. Adams HouseBuilt in 1868
On East Pine Street close to Cherry Lane.
Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Plaque placed Return Day 2000Map (db m38695) HM
90Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC-231 — McColley's Chapel
On McColleys Chapel Road (County Road 213) just south of Redden Road, on the right when traveling south.
McColley's Chapel was built and dedicated in 1858 as a Methodist Church. Congregation members had previously worshipped in a small house on the opposite side of the road. James Redden, a member of the board of trustees, sold the property to the . . . Map (db m190325) HM
91Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — Old Courthouse
On South Bedford Street, on the right when traveling south.
Constructed in 1791 at the direction of the State Legislature, this structure served as the seat of Sussex County government until 1837, when it was sold and moved to this location to make way for the construction of the present County Courthouse. . . . Map (db m38685) HM
92Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC-107 — Prospect A.M.E. Church
On West Railroad Avenue near East Adams Street, on the left when traveling north.
The roots of African-American Methodism in this community can be traced to the organization of a black “class” within the local Methodist society in the 1790’s. By the 1830’s a group of residents had affiliated themselves with Bishop . . . Map (db m49017) HM
93Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC - 130 — Providence United Methodist Church
On Shortly Road (County Road 431), on the right when traveling north.
In 1865 the Maryland Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church established a “mission” or charge circuit in Sussex County. At the time local members of that faith were meeting nearby in Rogers School. Services were held in the . . . Map (db m49018) HM
94Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC-88 — Relocation of the County Seat
On The Circle (U.S. 9) at Bedford and Market Streets, on the left on The Circle.
The conflicting claims of the proprietors of Maryland and Pennsylvania resulted in a lengthy and sometimes violent dispute concerning the ownership and boundaries of Sussex County. Residents who had been Marylanders before the controversy was . . . Map (db m424) HM
95Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC-85 — Return Day
On The Circle (U.S. 9) at Bedford and Market Streets, on the left on The Circle.
This event draws thousands as winning and losing candidates joining in celebration on the Thursday following each general election. Poor traveling conditions and interest in the outcome of political contests may have resulted in an extended stay . . . Map (db m426) HM
96Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC-108 — St. John's Methodist Church
On Gravel Hill Road (State Road 30), on the right when traveling north.
The origin of this congregation can be traced to the organization of “Johnson’s Society” in the 1830’s. Meetings were held in private homes and the local school. On July 3, 1852, trustees were elected to supervise the building of the first church. A . . . Map (db m38635) HM
97Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC-101 — St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church
On East Pine Street near Academy Street, on the right when traveling north.
Incorporated on June 21, 1794, St. Paul’s P.E. Church is the oldest organized church in Georgetown. Prior to completion of the first church building, services were held in the Sussex County Courthouse. In 1805, a special lottery sanctioned . . . Map (db m49011) HM
98Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — SC-87 — Sussex County Courthouse
On The Circle (U.S. 9) at Bedford and Market Streets, on the left on The Circle.
In 1835 a lottery was authorized to raise funds to replace the frame structure which had served as Courthouse since 1791. Construction of the new building began in 1837 following the sale and relocation of the original Courthouse to its present site . . . Map (db m425) HM
99Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — Sussex County Korean War Memorial
On East Market Street at Georgetown Circle, on the left when traveling east on East Market Street.
In Honor and Memory of All Korean War Veterans Who Served and Died for FreedomLeRoy M Cook • Vernon L. Deshields • Gene O. Hanzer • Kenneth C. Hyslop • Laurence C. Layton • William A. Lockwood • Charles G. Messick • Darrell R. Steele • Richard . . . Map (db m38691) WM
100Delaware, Sussex County, Georgetown — Sussex County Vietnam Veterans MemorialWelcome Home
On South Bedford Street at Georgetown Circle, on the right when traveling north on South Bedford Street.
1Lt Thomas B. Adams, USA - Selbyville LCPL Linden Wayne Brittingham, USMC - Milton PFC William Joseph Bunting, USA - Frankford CPL Reginald Wayne Burris, USA - Ellendale SGT Richard Samuel Dennison, USA - Bethel PFC Elmer Lee Faulkner, Jr., . . . Map (db m38687) WM

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