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

The Holly Industry

 
 
The Holly Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 12, 2010
1. The Holly Industry Marker
Inscription. Since ancient times the holly tree has been a decorative symbol of the winter holiday season. The abundant growth of this colorful evergreen in Delaware resulted in the establishment of a major export industry during the first half of the 20th century. Considered the last cash crop of the growing season, the harvest and sale of holly and other seasonal greenery provided many rural families with much-needed income. By the 1930s, Delaware was the leading producer in the nation. The importance of this business to the state’s economy was recognized in 1939, when the American Holly was designated as the state tree. One of the pioneers of the holly industry was Charles G. Jones Sr. of Milton. A fertilizer salesman, Mr. Jones started his business in 1906. Utilizing his network of customers, he became the state’s most successful exporter. Known as “Jones, The Holly Wreath Man,” his creative marketing and reputation for quality resulted in the sale of local goods throughout the United States and in numerous foreign countries. Much of the product was shipped via rail. Milton and the surrounding area became known as “The Land of Holly.” The increasing use of artificial goods, and wage law requirements affecting piecework businesses, resulted in the rapid decline and end of the industry by the 1960s.
 
Erected
The Holly Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 12, 2010
2. The Holly Industry Marker
2002 by The Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-165.)
 
Location. 38° 46.722′ N, 75° 18.579′ W. Marker is in Milton, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker can be reached from near Chandler Street. Touch for map. Located in Milton Memorial Park, waterside, Broadkill River. Marker is in this post office area: Milton DE 19968, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shipbuilding on the Broadkill (within shouting distance of this marker); Ships and Men (within shouting distance of this marker); Milton Public Library (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Milton Fire Department, Inc. (about 500 feet away); Governor David Hazzard (about 500 feet away); Milton Museum (about 600 feet away); Governor Samuel Paynter (about 600 feet away); Carey Storehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milton.
 
Also see . . .  Adoption of the Delaware State Tree. Charles C. Jones, Sr., a fertilizer salesman from Milton, Delaware, was one of the pioneers of the holly export industry in Delaware. Known as "Jones, the Holly Wreath Man, " Jones became the state's leading exporter, shipping holly products throughout the United States and to many foreign countries. The area surrounding
The Holly Industry Tribute image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 12, 2010
3. The Holly Industry Tribute
These holly trees symbolize respect & gratitude to
Charles G. Jones, Sr.
"The Holly Wreath Man"

His company shipped local natural
christmas decorations nationwide
& Milton became known as
"The Land Of Holly"
Milton became known as "The Land of Holly" and Milton was referred to as "The Holly Capital of the World". (Submitted on October 31, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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The Holly Industry Marker and Tribute image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 12, 2010
4. The Holly Industry Marker and Tribute
The Holly Industry Marker in Milton Memorial Park, with Holly Tree Tribute image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 12, 2010
5. The Holly Industry Marker in Milton Memorial Park, with Holly Tree Tribute
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 679 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 4, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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