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Delaware Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on January 21, 2021

1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Delaware ranks 37th among states and provinces with markers in this database. Delaware is a state in the United States of America located in the American Northeast. It is also in the Mid-Atlantic region. Delaware is some 2 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 967 thousand people. The state is divided into three counties and all of them have entries in this database. In Delaware we have discovered historical markers in 100 cities and towns lying in 65 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 909 historical markers in Delaware, by our count. We have cataloged 904 historical markers and 77 war memorials—each individually presented on 973 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another five historical markers in Delaware that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

The first Delaware marker in the database, Return Day, was added July 1, 2006. It was photographed in Georgetown in Sussex County. The last one added was submitted on January 19, 2021, and titled American Legion Memorial. It is in Delmar in Sussex County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Delaware was erected in 1901. It was this one: Battle of Cooch's Bridge, and one of our correspondents found it near Newark in New Castle County on August 1, 2008.

Delaware Historical Topics
195 • Churches and Religion
146 • Colonial Era
130 • Industry and Commerce
113 • Education
111 • Settlements and Settlers
88 • Revolutionary War
87 • African Americans
85 • Waterways and Vessels
77 • Cemeteries and Burial Sites
73 • Government and Politics
    ... and others ...

Delawareans don’t want to forget their Churches and Religion history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Delaware about Churches and Religion—195 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Colonial Era with 146 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Churches and Religion topic was Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) and His Devoted Wife, Annes, added September 20, 2007. It had been erected in Wilmington in New Castle County. The last one submitted was submitted on October 2, 2020, and titled Welsh Tract. It had been erected near Newark in New Castle County. One of the earliest marker erected with the Churches and Religion topic that we have listed was erected in 1932. More than one was erected in 1932. This is one of them: Colonel John Haslet, found in Dover in Kent County on January 14, 2008.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Delaware? What we know is that African American Medal of Honor Recipients Memorial is the most viewed entry in the database from Delaware since it was added in 2009. It is located in Wilmington in New Castle County. This year so far, the most viewed Delawarean entry is located in Lewes in Sussex County. It is The Cannonball House.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Delaware county with the most historical markers listed in this database is New Castle County, with 426 of them. It is followed by Sussex County with 337 markers. The Wilmington area of New Castle County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 116. In Sussex County the area with the most markers, 83, is Lewes.

Historical Markers in These
Delaware Counties
426 • New Castle County
337 • Sussex County
210 • Kent County

Checking the database for the city or town in Delaware with the most markers we again find Wilmington at the top of the list with 116 markers in or near it. It is followed closely by Newark in New Castle County with 114 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 19958 at the top of the list with 84 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 19958 is assigned to Lewes DE including the Lewes Beach delivery area.) It is followed by ZIP Code 19801 with 67 markers. (19801 is assigned to Wilmington DE.)

Historical Markers Near These
Delaware Cities and Towns
116 • Wilmington
114 • Newark
83 • Lewes
75 • Dover
50 • New Castle
38 • Dover Air Force Base
31 • Seaford
28 • Laurel
27 • Georgetown
25 • Milton
    ... and others ...

Getting back to New Castle County, the first marker added to the database from there, Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) and His Devoted Wife, Annes, was added September 20, 2007, and was also the first one submitted in all of Delaware. in Wilmington. The last one submitted was uploaded on December 6, 2020, and is titled The Judge Morris Estate and was erected in 2015, near Newark. The earliest marker erected in New Castle County that we have listed was erected in 1901. It was Battle of Cooch's Bridge, found near Newark on August 1, 2008.

Latest entry from Delaware. Click to go there
By Devry Becker Jones, January 17, 2021
Latest Entry from Delaware
“American Legion Memorial”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Newark. The first we touched on earlier: Battle of Cooch's Bridge. The last: The Judge Morris Estate added on December 6, 2020. It had been erected in 2015. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1901: Battle of Cooch's Bridge, added on August 1, 2008.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

Delaware Public Archives is currently in charge of the familiar blue and gold or black and brass official historical markers found all over the state and the Delaware Department of Transportation typically installs and maintains those that are roadside. You will also find official markers erected by the Historic Markers Commission, a predecessor. They erected their first marker in 1931, and we have 477 of their markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from Delaware. Click to go there
By Charles Quandt, June 8, 2017
A Delaware Public Archives Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Tourist Attractions? Or Something Off the Beaten Path?

Delaware offers both and there is plenty of history to check out. If you live in or are visiting Delaware, hit the road and check out places where something of interest once occured, or where famous or infamous people once stood. Our database can help you find some of these places. And perhaps you’ll find some we don’t know about and will take the time to photograph them and add them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Jan. 21, 2021