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Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station


Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, December 31, 2010
1. Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station Marker
Inscription. Many of the European immigrants who came to this country at the end of the nineteenth century brought with them a variety of epidemic diseases including cholera, typhus, smallpox and bubonic plague. This posed a serious threat to urban areas such as Wilmington and Philadelphia. The Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station was established here at Cape Henlopen by the Federal Government in 1884 to protect these cities by examining all immigrants for contagious diseases. Immigrants who showed signs of such diseases, as well as those suspected of contact with them, were quarantined for 10 to 60 days. The others were able to proceed to their destination point. In its heyday, the hospital could accommodate as many as 1,650 people. At the height of its use, the Station's facilities included a hospital, barracks, stables, and a blacksmith shop, as well as buildings for bathing, disinfecting, cremation, and boat storage. By the time the Quarantine Station was closed during World War I, as many as 200,000 people had passed through this facility.
Erected by Delaware State Parks.
Location. 38° 47.167′ N, 75° 6.048′ W. Marker is in Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker can be reached from Dock Drive. Click for map. Located near the fishing pier within Cape Henlopen State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Lewes DE 19958, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quarantine Station (within shouting distance of this marker); German Submarine at Cape Henlopen (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ever Changing Cape Henlopen (approx. 0.8 miles away); Standing Guard (approx. 0.8 miles away); Delaware’s Beachnesters (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Osprey (approx. 0.8 miles away); Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse (approx. one mile away); The Great Dune (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Lewes.
Categories. Notable PlacesScience & Medicine
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 595 times since then and 82 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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