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Happy Return Day!

Written on: November 7th, 2012 in Research Room

Ox Roast at Return Day 1952

Did you know that it is the 200th anniversary of Return Day?

We had some curious folks from New Castle County stop in to see what all the hubbub was about.  They looked at photographs , and at our newspaper clipping file. They also saw the 1811 legislative petitions from each county asking for election districts for the first time and then they looked at the 1811 Sussex County sheriff election returns.  The 1811 returns contain the first return that states officials will read the results at the courthouse in Georgetown on the Thursday after the Tuesday election.

So if you’re heading to Georgetown tomorrow, have fun at the parade, eat some ox, and enjoy the reading of the returns and burying the hatchet.

1811 Sussex County Sheriff Election Return


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