The conflicting claims of the proprietors of Maryland and Pennsylvania resulted in a lengthy and sometimes violent concerning the ownership and boundaries of Susan County. Residents who had been Maryland’s before the controversy was resolved in 1775, found themselves to be inconvenienced when traveling to Lewes, the original seat of government. Hundreds of persons signed petitions requesting removal of the county seat to a more central location. On January 29, 1791, the Delaware Assembly approved legislation resulting in the establishment of Georgetown.

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LOCATION: Georgetown - Northeast Corner of the Public Square (Circle).