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

The Wading Place

 
 
The Wading Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, December 8, 2007
1. The Wading Place Marker
Inscription. Here was Laurel's ancient "Wading Place", a ford for Native Americans and colonial settlers. Broad Creek crosses this fall in its flow to the Nanticoke River and Chesapeake Bay. For centuries, the Nanticoke Indians, an Algonquin people, lived in the Nanticoke Watershed, within which Broad Creek is an important tributary. Here were oak and cedar, marsh and creek, bass and perch, deer and wolves. Until 1775 this area was part of Maryland. In the 18th Century events here reflected pressures to the south at Chicone, an Indian Town near present day Vienna. In 1725, Maryland's General Assembly found that the Nanticoke Indians upon some Disgust through Injurys done them by the English removed higher up the River about twenty years agoe...to A place Called broad Creek which was afterwards in the year 1711 purchased for them" with 3,000 acres being set aside as a reservation. As the pressure of English settlement continued to increase, many of the Nanticokes migrated up the Susquehanna River to live under the protection of the Iroquois Confederation. The reservation lands were formally abandoned in 1768. Old Sailor's Path between The Wading Place and Bethel, Rossakutm Creek, and Tussocky Branch at Portsville, are memories of the Nanticoke Age. The Wading Place is the center of today's Broad Creek Greenway from Trap Pond to the Nanticoke
Broad Creek - Looking East image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, December 8, 2007
2. Broad Creek - Looking East
View of Broad Creek from the location of the historical marker, looking east.
River.
 
Erected 2004 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-182.)
 
Location. 38° 33.484′ N, 75° 34.183′ W. Marker is in Laurel, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Delaware Avenue 0.1 miles north of Market Street (Delaware Route 24), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Laurel DE 19956, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Centenary United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Christ United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hope Lodge No. 4 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Laurel (approx. half a mile away); Old Christ Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Nathaniel Mitchell (approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Nathaniel Mitchell (approx. 1.8 miles away); St. Paul's United Methodist Church (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laurel.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative Americans
 
Broad Creek - Looking West image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, December 8, 2007
3. Broad Creek - Looking West
View of Broad Creek from the location of the historical marker, looking west.
Janosik Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, December 8, 2007
4. Janosik Park Marker
Within a few yards of The Wading Place marker, this flagpole is marked with a stone memorializing Johnny Janosik. The inscription reads: Janosik Park. This park is a living tribute to the commitment and compassion of Johnny Janosik toward improving the quality of life in Laurel. It represents his support of community-based projects including The Good Samaritan Shop, The Hope House Project, the Laurel Chamber of Commerce, and the Laurel Redevelopment Corporation. The leadership and generosity demonstrated by Johnny Janosik is reflected in the natural beauty of this park and throughout his beloved Laurel. Dedicated December 2002.
The Wading Place Marker (r), seen looking north along Delaware Avenue , near Broad Creek image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 15, 2012
5. The Wading Place Marker (r), seen looking north along Delaware Avenue , near Broad Creek
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 30, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,947 times since then and 46 times this year. Last updated on September 27, 2008, by Philip Lohrenz of Staten Island, New York. Photos:   1. submitted on December 30, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   2, 3, 4. submitted on January 6, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   5. submitted on October 24, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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