Sussex County is a county located in the southern part of the U.S. state of Delaware, on the Delmarva Peninsula.
Sussex County, like all of Delaware’s counties, is subdivided into Hundreds. There are several explanations given for how the Hundreds were determined: as an area containing 100 families, an area containing 100 people, or an area that could raise 100 soldiers.
Sussex County is home to an extensive system of Southern saltwater and freshwater wetlands, notably the Great Cypress Swamp. This massive freshwater swamp contains the northernmost strand of Bald Cypress trees in the United States.
Most of Sussex County’s economy revolves around agriculture. In fact, Sussex County produces the most poultry of any county in the United States. Tourism also plays a large part of the economy, particularly in eastern Sussex County.