Sussex County

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Sussex County was named by William Penn for the English county of Sussex, which was his home county.

 

Created:  August 8, 1673

County Seat: 

Lewis            1673 – 1791

Georgetown  1791 – present

 

County Courthouse – Georgetown 

 

Location:  1 The Circle / East Market Street

Built:  1837

Style:  Colonial Revival

Architect:  William Strickland

Contractor:  Layton & Sipple

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story red colored brick structure. The southwest front has a wide portico supported by six white colored columns rising to a header with a pediment above the center section. Above the entrance is a small balcony on the second story. A large square brick clock tower rises to a square white colored base with a smaller cupola at the top. The building was remodeled in 1914. The architect was Brinklee & Canning. The building was enlarged in 1969 with an addition constructed on the northeast side of the building.

 

See:  The Delaware Chancery Court is located at 34 The Circle along with the Delaware Supreme Court in Sussex County.

 

County Family Court – Georgetown 

 

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Location:  22 The Circle / East Market Street

Built:  1986 – 1988

Style:  French Renaissance

Architect:  French + Ryan, Inc.

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The northeast front has a central entrance with small balcony above on the second story.  The roof has five dormers on the main section and rises to a balustrade at the top with tall octagonal white colored cupola. The north and south wings have two dormers along the roof. The building is named as the Robert D Thompson Family Court Building.

 

Old County Court House – Georgetown 

 

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Location:  SW – South Bedford Street / West Pine Street

Built:  1791

Style:  Colonial

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story dark colored wood structure. The northeast front has a central entrance on the first story. There are shutters on the windows. On the roof is a wood belfry. The roof is hipped. The building served as the courthouse until 1837.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Kent County and Cumberland County, New Jersey

E – Cape May County, New Jersey and Atlantic Ocean 

S – Worcester County, Maryland and Wicomico County, Maryland

W – Wicomico County, Maryland, Dorchester County, Maryland and Caroline County, Maryland

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2013