In our long and colorful history, the city has seen many changes. One loss that is now regretted is that of many of our early homes and buildings, many unavoidably from storm and fire. We do have, though, a wealth of photographs taken in the late 1890s and early 1900s of some of those standing at that time. Our display features views of churches, homes and businesses, many still with us, and many lost forever.
On November 1, 1902, a four-masted wooden schooner was launched from the William Rogers’ Shipyard in Bath, Maine. She was named the “City of Georgetown” and she was under charter to the Atlantic Coast Lumber Company carrying over 528,000 feet of lumber to New York on her first commercial run. She was undoubtedly the handsomest craft of her size to engage in the lumber business. Her owners and citizens of Georgetown were stunned when they learned in February of 1913 that she was sunk off the Delaware Capes, following a collision with a German steamer. All hands were saved. A beautiful portrait of this “lovely lady” graces a corner of our Museum.