“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Delaware City in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Historic Delaware City

Historic Delaware City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 28, 2019
1. Historic Delaware City Marker
Inscription.  Delaware City’s story begins in 1801 when the Newbold brothers, Barzilla, Clayton, and John, of New Jersey, acquired 1600 acres of land on the Delaware River, John Newbold built a wharf that became a center for trading and shipping grain, giving the site the name of Newbold’s Landing.

In 1824, the news (left) that a canal connecting the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay would have its eastern terminus just south of Newbold’s Landing prompted John Newbold’s sons., Daniel and William, to lay out a new town they named Delaware City. In 1826 they sold the first lots and by 1827 the town had ten houses and a population sufficient to justify a July 4th celebration that included a festive outdoor dinner at a table that filled Delaware Street between Clinton and Washington’ streets.

Delaware City was both a base for canal operations---conducting vessels through the locks and collecting tolls---and a way station for travelers needing hotels, stables, food and other services. The economic boom associated with shipping goods across the peninsula on the canal waned with competition from railroads. After 1927, when the Delaware River
Historic Delaware City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 28, 2019
2. Historic Delaware City Marker
entrance to the canal shifted to Reedy Point, any remaining economic benefits to the city from the canal disappeared. Although Delaware City’s growth did not live up to its founders’ financial expectations, the town grew into a community of charming tree-lined streets and inviting neighborhoods.
Erected by Delaware City.
Location. 39° 34.715′ N, 75° 35.278′ W. Marker is in Delaware City, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on Clinton Street. The marker is located in Battery Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Delaware City DE 19706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Delaware Historic Civil Engineering Landmark (a few steps from this marker); The Diving Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Officers Row (approx. 0.4 miles away); Post Headquarters (approx. 0.4 miles away); Commanding Officer Quarters (approx. 0.4 miles away); Post Exchange (approx. 0.4 miles away); Parade Grounds (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Delaware City.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 2, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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