Georgetown is a town in Sussex County, Delaware, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 6,422, an increase of 38.3% over the previous decade. It is the county seat of Sussex County.
Georgetown is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Sussex County Courthouse
Location in Sussex County and the state of Delaware.
The town is home to a large chicken processing plant owned by Perdue Farms. The plant employs a sizable number of immigrants from Haiti and Guatemala. Consequently, Georgetown has more of an international flavor to it than one would expect from a Colonial-era town. Georgetown is also the home of WZBH radio and Georgetown Speedway.
Georgetown is unusual among Delaware municipalities in that the center of the town is built around a circle, instead of the more traditional park-like square. Straddling "The Circle" is the Town Hall, state and county buildings, and the historic Sussex County Courthouse. The original Courthouse was replaced by the current structure which was built in 1837 on South Bedford Street. It was further restored in 1976 and is currently managed by the Georgetown Historical Society. Lawyers' offices, stores, a bank, and the Brick Hotel, which has recently completed renovation, also line the Circle. This layout is similar to that found in Annapolis, Maryland, except that, unlike in Annapolis, where the State House is the focal point of the circle, the center of Georgetown's circle is a small park with a fountain. Georgetown's oldest church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church dates to 1794 and is built in the Victorian Gothic style.
In addition to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Joseph T. Adams House, Brick Hotel, Peter S. Faucett House, First Broiler House, Georgetown Coal Gasification Plant, Stella Pepper Gyles House, Judge's House and Law Office, Dr. John W. Messick House and Office, Old Sussex County Courthouse, David Carlton Pepper Farm, Redden Forest Lodge, Forester's House and Stable, Richards Mansion, St. John's Methodist Church, Short Homestead, Thomas Sipple House, Sussex County Courthouse and the Circle, and Gardiner Wright Mansion are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.McColley's Chapel was listed in 2011