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

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

Pencader Heritage Museum

Pencader Heritage Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., September 8, 2020
1. Pencader Heritage Museum Marker
Inscription.  The Pencader Heritage Museum and Research Center highlights artifacts that reflect life in Pencader Hundred from the Colonial Era through the Afghanistan War. Our rotating displays reveal the rich heritage to be found in this area. We have items of interest for all ages, some can be picked up and handled. Join us in celebrating the past, in order to appreciate the present.

Pencader Patriots Corner

Here we celebrate veterans from all wars. On display are original and replicated uniforms dating from the Revolutionary War to modern times. You can handle an engine display board from an M-48 built in Newark by the Chrysler Corporation. A World War II foot locker and its "combat ready" contents revealed what was necessary for life in the trenches. Our displays feature Civil war documents, Confederate currency and revolutionary cannonballs.

The Pencader Room

-Native American Indian Exhibit
An extensive display of artifacts donated by Chief Quiet Thunder. Learn how the American Indian lived as one with the land and nature.

-Wilson- Slack exhibit
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this prominent family's life in the Pencader Hundred, through paintings and recollections of community life.

-Research Center
Local family files, landowner maps, census records, slave ownership and manumission records. Delaware history books by local authors, and University of Delaware yearbooks are among the many resources available to explore the past.

The Cooch Room

Pictures and documents depicting the locally renowned Cooch family. Dayett Mills - Today and Yesterday

Early Schools and Churches in Pencader Hundred

New Castle-Frenchtown Railroad artifacts including a "sleeper stone", maps of routes and tunnel construction

The Battle of Cooch's Bridge - cannonballs found in local backyards from the Battle of September 1777, a replica of a Delaware regiment flag, statues of soldiers from the Revolutionary War

Welsh Settlers in Pencader - Welsh flag, excerpts from the William Penn Land Grant to the Welsh settlers

Highlights of Pencader Historic Sites - maps and commentary on local sites including Welsh Tract Church, Aikens Tavern, Cooch's Bridge, Baynard House and Ott's Chapel

-Collection of Early Household Items and Tools - shaving kit, meat grinder, sheep shears, typewriter, gasoline burning clothes iron

Dayett Room

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to the Dayett Room will see both permanent and rotating exhibits. Antique hand-operated printing equipment from the early 1900s will show how labor intensive it was to produce newspapers, advertising, business stationery, etc. prior to the advent of electricity.

A nod to long-time local industries, milling and papermaking, is shown in equipment and photos from Curtis Paper Company and Dayett Mill.

Here are local maps from the early 20th century,; records from Delaware Archives detailing establishment of local roads; artifacts excavated before development of some local land, etc.

Gift Shop

This is not your usual "gift shop". We have books and bowls, toys and trinkets, all hand-crafted by our museum staff. Our wooden bowls and beautiful wine bottle stoppers are all carved from local trees. Children's spinning tops and puzzle games (batteries not needed) are great for grownups too. Fascinating books, signed by the author, about historic sites in Pencader Hundred are available for sale. Our gift shop is a main source of revenue for our musem and every item is "Made in America".

Roesearch Center

Where are your family roots? They might be in Pencader Hundred and Pencader Heritage Museum is the place to look for them.

Available from earliest time are census reports, maps (some showing land owners' names), Delaware wills, marriages, church histories and cemetery readings, all focused mainly on Pencader Hundred. Also in the collections are histories of local long-time families and schools.

CDs and DVDs of Pencader programs speakers and events are available for viewing at the museum. See the list on our website:

Have you heard of a by-gone Delaware place name? We can probably tell you where it is. Come and delve into the past!
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Anthropology & Archaeology.
Location. 39° 38.382′ N, 75° 43.771′ W. Marker is near Newark, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on Dayett Mills Road south of Old Baltimore Pike, on the right when traveling south. This marker is to right of Geology marker. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newark DE 19702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Preserving the History of the Battlefield (here, next to this marker); French General Comte de Rochambeau and the French Army Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Hessian Soldiers Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Royal Deux-Ponts Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware Militia (within shouting distance of this marker); Germans & German-Americans in The American War of Independence (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Cooch's Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newark.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on September 27, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photo   1. submitted on September 8, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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