This part of Sussex County is known as the “land of 25 jewels” for the many small towns that gush with the charm of times past. “The people may change, but the essence of small-town living does not,” says Scott Thomas of the Southern Delaware Tourism office.
The region features several historic districts in Georgetown, Milton and Laurel. The town of Bethel, once a busy shipbuilding center, is home to the Bethel Heritage Museum. National Geographic described the museum as a “toy village come to life.”
Rural Sussex now finds itself a center for development of environmentally friendly and energy efficient homes. Five years ago Insight Homes began designing and building communities near towns such as Milton, Bridgeville, Seaford and Dagsboro that are guaranteed to be in the top 1 percent of energy efficient homes in the country, meeting requirements of the American Lung Association Health Home and the EPA, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy. Insight has built in a total of eight communities in Sussex so far.