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Rehoboth Beach in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

History of Lake Comegys and Silver Lake

 
 
History of Lake Comegys and Silver Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles Quandt, September 11, 2017
1. History of Lake Comegys and Silver Lake Marker
Inscription. Lake Comegys and Silver Lake are natural freshwater remnants of receding glaciers from the last Ice Age and are notable for their close proximity to the Atlantic ocean. The Nanticoke Tribe held summer encampments around Silver Lake to gather shellfish from the ocean, and various native American artifacts have been found along the lake’s shores. During the colonial era, ship captains fetched freshwater from Silver Lake before heading out into the Atlantic. Lake Comegys, formally "Tan Vat Cove"and Silver Lake formally "Rhodes Pond." "Lake Newbold, "and "Lake Charles,"were originally one lake but were separated in the early 1800s due to pollution from a tannery located at Lake Comegys. During the war of 1812, Colonel Samuel Boyer Davis, American commander of defending forces at Lewes, Blocked access to Silver Lake to strategically keep vital resources out of British hands. In 1933, the Delaware General assembly established Lake Comegys and Silver Lake as State Bird Refuges. In 2004, Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 37 sponsored by Senator George Bunting and Representative Pete Schwartzkopf was adopted. The resolution recognizes the state-owned lakes as natural treasures to Delaware and the United States, distinguishing them as the only natural freshwater lakes in Delaware and "the closest freshwater lakes in the nation in proximity to the
View approaching the marker from the south. image. Click for full size.
By Charles Quandt, September 14, 2017
2. View approaching the marker from the south.
Atlantic ocean… "Also, in 2004 Save Our Lakes Alliance 3, a non-prophet citizens' organization, spearheaded efforts to improve the ecological health and maintain the beauty of Lake Comegys and Silver Lake.
 
Erected 2015 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-238.)
 
Location. 38° 42.425′ N, 75° 4.837′ W. Marker is in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Silver Lake Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. There's a pump station 50 feet to the south. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20111 Silver Lake Drive, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Funland (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company (approx. 0.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); City of Rehoboth Beach (approx. 0.7 miles away); Giovanni Da Verrazzano (approx. 0.9 miles away); Village Improvement Association (approx. one mile away); Standing Guard (approx. 2.1 miles away); The U.S. Navy at Cape Henlopen (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rehoboth Beach.
 
Additional keywords. State Bird Refuge
 
Categories. AnimalsIndustry & CommerceNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels
 
View of Silver Lake image. Click for full size.
By Charles Quandt, September 14, 2017
3. View of Silver Lake
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2017, by Charles Quandt of Dewey Beach, Delaware. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 16, 2017, by Charles Quandt of Dewey Beach, Delaware. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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