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Near Dover in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Kitts Hummock

 
 
Kitts Hummock Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Nate Davidson, July 17, 2008
1. Kitts Hummock Marker
Inscription.  Like the Native Americans before them, European settlers used this rising ground or "hummock" on the shore of the Delaware Bay as a place for fishing and recreation. In 1738, Jehu Curtis received a patent for lands that he called "Kitt's Hammock." By the early 1800s, the Pleasanton family had established a tavern here for the entertainment of visitors. Around 1846, a hotel was built nearby. Known for a time as the Bay View Hotel, it was long the center of local activities. In the latter decades of the 19th century, a number of small cottages were erected here. Many were owned by residents of Dover who left the sweltering heat of summer behind for the cooling effects of the waters and bay breezes. Kitts Hummock continues to provide a peaceful refuge for residents and visitors alike.
 
Erected 2003 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-80.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1738.
 
Location. 39° 6.156′ 
Kitts Hummock image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Nate Davidson, July 17, 2008
2. Kitts Hummock
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N, 75° 24.133′ W. Marker is near Dover, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is at the intersection of S. Bay Drive and Kitts Hummock Road on S. Bay Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3076 Kitts Hummock Rd, Dover DE 19901, 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. St. Jones Neck (approx. 2.1 miles away); The St. Jones River: Why the Mansion Faces South (approx. 2½ miles away); Byfield (approx. 2½ miles away); Home of John Dickinson (approx. 2.6 miles away); C-45G (approx. 3.1 miles away); C-60 (approx. 3.1 miles away); LGM-30 (approx. 3.1 miles away); Town of Bowers (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 9, 2011, by Nathan Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 975 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 9, 2011, by Nathan Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 19, 2022