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Cape Gazette CAPE LIFE FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 - MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014 55 Georgetown's Old Courthouse gets 1,000th visitor 2013 first year to exceed 1K visitors The 1,000th visitor for 2013 walked into Georgetown's Old Courthouse Nov. 30. Pat Miller of Somerset, Pa was visiting Georgetown with her family to see the Georgetown Public Li- brary's model train exhibit and to have lunch at The Brick Hotel, after which they visited the Old Courthouse. After enjoying a tour of the old building and learning about America's last whipping post, rare tipstaff use, and the in- famous Patty Cannon's court. appearance, Miller was surprised when she was told she was the 1,000th visitor. She was more surprised when docent Pat Dolecek presented her with a gift basket of items related to the historic structure: a 16 Mile Brewery growler - in 1791, Delaware passed a law es- tablishing the Old Courthouse and the Town of Georgetown in the middle of Sussex County. This location was approximately 16 miles from any sizable town (Laurel, Seaford, Lewes), hence the community was given the nickname "16 miles from any- where." Miller also received a 16 Mile Brewery gift certificate for Old Court Ale, a Brick Hotel paperweight to signify the hotel's use as a temporary courthouse in 1837 while the new Sussex Coun- ty Courthouse was being built, a Brick Hotel gift certificate, a commemorative plate of the new Sussex County Courthouse and a gift certificate to the Upper Crust coffee shop and art gallery now featuring Georgetown's courthouses. Chardon Jewelers, The Brick Hotel, 16 Mile Brewery, and the Upper Crust all contributed to the gift basket. Renovated by the State of Dela- ware for the nation's bicentennial in 1976, the structure was largely unused until three years ago, when the Georgetown Historical Society began opening the build- ing to visitors during the warmer months. 2013 was the first year that the visitor count exceeded the 1,000-person level. The Old Courthouse will re- Members of the Miller family (I-r) grandson Chris, son-in-law David, daughter Michele, husband Bruce and 1,000th visitor winner Patri- cia stand in the Old Courthouse in Georgetown. main closed until spring 2014, when the Georgetown Historical Society members will once again open the structure for tours and viewing. It is 150 feet from the Georgetown Circle on South Bedford Street. The anticipated opening date is Saturday April 5, 2014, with the building being open every Saturday thereafter from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. until fall. There is no charge for admission, and parking is abundant. For details on the historic structure search Facebook: Old-Court- house, Georgetown, Delaware. AS THE 1,000TH visitor, Pat Miller of gifts relate to the Old Courthouse. Somerset, Pa receives an Award Win" of Heart,Attack ' : / Return to the life you love. Our Cardiac Services offer emergency care for heart attack, interventional procedures for the heart, treatment for electrical disorders and open heart surgery when necessary. For details, visit or call (302) 645-3300. SUBMITTED PHOTOS explanation from docent Pat Dolecek about how her Cardiac & Vascular Lewes, Delaware.