Near Newark in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Dorothy P. Miller: Champion of Preservation
Pioneer of Preservation
The White Clay Creek Valley
The White Clay Creek Valley is a stream and floodplain habitat surrounded by rolling, forested hills. An important natural resource, the valley is home to more than 250 plant species, 30 species of mammals, and 185 species of birds.
This area is rich in cultural history as well. Native American Indians have lived in the White Clay Creek Valley for at least 12,000 years. The famous survey team of Mason and Dixon spent many weeks working on the lands of the White Clay Creek Valley.
Through the efforts of concerned citizens, the White Clay Creek Valley has survived the threat of encroaching urban development. This area is now preserved for us in the form of White Clay Creek State Park which includes the bi-state White Clay Creek Preserve.
Saving a Stream Valley
The White Clay Creek Valley is one of the last areas of natural, open space left in New Castle County. This area was threatened in the late 1960s when plans were made to dam the stream and to create a reservoir. This project would have resulted in the flooding of the valley. Community and environmental
A direct result of this successful conservation effort was the donation of more than 1,700 acres of land by the DuPont Company to the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware. These lands now comprise the White Clay Creek Preserve.
A Champion of Preservation
From lobbying legislators to organizing community support, Dorothy Miller has been involved in every major effort to preserve the natural beauty of the White Clay Creek Valley. Because of her efforts, protected lands have increased from just 24 acres to almost 3,000 acres. Dorothy strongly believes that we must "conserve as much of the stream valley as we can for future generations."
Described by those who know her as informal, honest, outspoken, and dedicated, Dorothy continues to positively influence the lives of everyone who enjoys these protected lands. If you see her as you wander through this beautiful valley, be sure to say hello and thank you.
Dorothy is well acquainted with the plants, trees, birds, and animals of the White Clay Creek Valley. An avid birdwatcher, she can be found exploring the valley almost every day, often leading birding and other nature programs.
Erected by Delaware State Parks.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Exploration • Native Americans • Women. In addition, it is included in the Delaware State Parks 🏞️ series list.
Location. 39° 43.616′ N, 75° 46.023′ W. Marker is near Newark, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on Creek Road 0.2 miles north of Hopkins Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1475 Creek Rd, Newark DE 19711, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Chambers House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Wedge (approx. 1.1 miles away); Minguannan Indian Town (approx. 1.4 miles away in Pennsylvania); New London Avenue School (approx. 2.6 miles away); Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); Ebenezer United Methodist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Newark's New London Community (approx. 2.8 miles away); Mt. Zion Union American Methodist Episcopal (UAME) Church (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newark.
Regarding Dorothy P. Miller: Champion of Preservation.
Dorothy P. Miller passed away on February 22, 2016.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on August 13, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.