Hatchet is buried during Return Day

Unique tradition dates back to the late 1790s
November 17, 2016

The Sussex County chairpeople bury the hatchet in sand that’s been brought from Lewes, because that was the first county seat, said Rosalie Walls, former Queen of Return Day. “That’s supposed to get rid of all the bad things they’ve said about each other. Whether it happens or not, I’m not sure.”

Watch the rest of her interview on our Behind The Scenes: Return Day video.

Subscribe to the Daily Newsletter