“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Middletown in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Middletown Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
1. Middletown Marker
Inscription. Beginning in the 1690s, settler Adam Peterson and his family acquired several tracts of land here. One tract, surveyed in 1733 was given the name "Middletown." The origin of the name is believed to derive from the area's location at the middle point of a road that led from the head of the Bohemia River to the banks of Appoquinimink Creek. Located at the intersection of this road was the busy King's Highway, this crossroads was an important stop for travelers by the mid-18th century. A tavern was established here and a small village developed around it. The town grew rapidly after the railroad arrived in 1855. Located in the midst of some of the state's most productive farmlands, this became an important shipping point for a variety of agricultural products. Of particular note is the prosperous peach industry which flourished until a disease known as "Peach Yellows" destroyed many of the orchards here and elsewhere on the Delmarva Peninsula.
Middletown was incorporated by the Delaware General Assembly on February 12, 1861.
Erected 2001 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-118.)
Location. 39° 26.974′ N, 75° 43.018′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the
Middletown Town Square image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
2. Middletown Town Square
intersection of W. Main Street and Broad Street, on the right on W. Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Middletown DE 19709, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Middletown Academy (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union Lodge No. 5 A.F.&A.M. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sgt. William Lloyd Nelson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old St. Anne's (approx. one mile away); Three Welsh Members (approx. one mile away); This Tree Was Living When William Penn Came to Pennsylvania (approx. one mile away); Former Site of the Alston and Hunn Farms (approx. 1.4 miles away); Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
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Middletown World War I Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
3. Middletown World War I Memorial
Located in the town square.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,004 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 22, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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