Mayor Joe Booth of Georgetown carrying the ceremonial hatchet, 1996 Return Day
A Sussex County historic pageant in the town
of Georgetown that features a parade, including election
winners and losers, constituents, high school bands,
firefighters, Little League champs, craft displays, musical
and theatrical entertainment, and a performance by Nanticoke
Indians. Continuing a long-standing tradition, an ox is
roasted in the town circle, and free sandwiches are provided
to all. The former political rivals bury a ceremonial hatchet
in sand (brought from Lewes, the original county seat),
following a custom colonial settlers borrowed from local
Indians, to signify the end of competition and the continuance
of bipartisan government. The event takes place on the
Thursday immediately following Election Day and dates back to
1791 when voters gathered in the county seat to learn election
Project documentation comprises a 3 pages of text,
seventeen 8 x 10 photographs with descriptions, programs and
booklets from various years, and postcards.
Originally submitted by: Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Senator.
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