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By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2010
Bethany Beach Loop Canal Marker
Delaware (Sussex County), Bethany Beach — SC-158 — Bethany Beach Loop Canal
Completed July 8, 1910, the Loop Canal marked the end of a long journey for vacationers traveling to Bethany Beach in the town’s early days. Arriving in Rehoboth by railroad, travelers would continue their voyage by boat, crossing Rehoboth and . . . — Map (db m37155) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Bethany Beach — Charles W. Cullen BridgeIndian River Inlet
The present inlet was formed in 1929 and was widened and stabilized by the Corps of Engineers from 1938-1940. The first three bridges that spanned the inlet were plagued by a series of failures due to environmental and meteorological conditions. . . . — Map (db m108109) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Bethany Beach — SC-73 — Shipwreck of the Faithful Steward
The Faithful Steward, bound from Londonderry, Ireland to Philadelphia, ran aground on a shoal September 1, 1785 with 249 passengers aboard. Stormy weather drove the vessel toward shore where it became stranded in 4 fathoms (24 feet) of water within . . . — Map (db m108226) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Bethel — S-79 — Bethel Shipyard
With the incorporation of the Lewisville Marine Railway Company in 1871, Bethel’s reputation as a center for ship repair and construction was firmly established. Approximately 40 vessels were built here before the last ship was launched in . . . — Map (db m60463) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Bethel — SC-191 — Sailor's Bethel Methodist Church
The roots of this congregation can be traced to 1809, when a house of worship was constructed to serve the needs of the many residents of this area who were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. First known as Elzey Moore’s Meeting . . . — Map (db m60464) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Blades — SC-100 — Blades United Methodist Church
Formerly known as Cannon's Chapel, the first church building was constructed in the early 1870's on East High Street (then known as Concord Road). The Church was incorporated on July 16, 1877. In 1887, the Trustees of the Church purchased land at . . . — Map (db m4536) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Bridgeville — Bridgeville, Delaware
Settled in 1684 by Christopher Nutter Through a land grant from Charles Calvert, The third Lord Baron of Baltimore Originally referred to as "Attawattacoquin" Later known as "Bridge Branch" until January 3, 1871, . . . — Map (db m50178) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Bridgeville — SC-209 — Chaplain's Chapel United Methodist Church
Methodism came to this area in the late 18th century when pioneering circuit riders such as Francis Asbury visited local residents to spread the message of their faith. The origin of this congregation can be traced to 1859, when the members of two . . . — Map (db m38655) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Bridgeville — SC-200 — Edward Redfield
Landscape painter Edward Willis Redfield was born near Bridgeville, Delaware on December 19, 1869. After studying in Philadelphia and Paris he moved to Buck’s County, Pennsylvania, where he became leader of a colony of artists called the New Hope . . . — Map (db m38654) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Bridgeville — SC-132 — Site of Jacobs School #143
In 1863 the Sussex County Levy Court formally approved the creation of a new school district to serve the needs of local citizens. A frame schoolhouse was constructed on this site on land provided by Thomas Jacobs. Measuring twenty feet in width and . . . — Map (db m4537) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Bridgeville — Sudler House
Erected about 1750, with additions during the Federal period. Land was granted to Cacilus Stevens in 1658. Francis Asbury preached here. William Jessop, an early occupant, was a pioneer Methodist missionary in Canada. From 1833 to 1971 the Sudler . . . — Map (db m38653) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Clarksville — SC-109 — St. George's United Methodist Church
The roots of this congregation can be traced to the late 1700’s, when Methodist pioneers such as Francis Asbury and Freeborn Garrettson visited this area to propagate the faith. Meetings were held in the open air and in private residences. By 1816 a . . . — Map (db m38381) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Clarksville — SC-119 — Union Wesley United Methodist Church and Campground
The roots of African-American Methodism in this area can be traced to the late 18th century when Methodism pioneers such as Francis Asbury and Freeborn Garrettson traveled locally organizing black “classes” for worship. Over time some . . . — Map (db m37844) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Cross Keys — SC 98 — Carey's Camp
By the late eighteenth century a Methodist Society had been organized in this area. In 1888, two years after the construction of Carey’s Church, the first official Carey’s Camp Meeting was held in the grove adjoining the church. These . . . — Map (db m48565) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Cross Keys — Carey's Camp
Carey's is one of the few campgrounds still in existence on the Delmarva Peninsula. * The Tabernacle where the Evangelistic services are held each summer is encircled by 47 tents, occupied only during camp. * Many changes have been made over . . . — Map (db m49791) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Dagsboro — SC-59 — Dagsboro
Settled at the site of a gristmill on Pepper Creek, this village was originally known as Blackfoot Town. The present name of the community is derived from that of John Dagsworthy. A New Jersey native who moved to this area in the mid- 18th . . . — Map (db m37239) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Dagsboro — SC-118 — Prince George's Chapel
Before the settlement of the boundary dispute between Delaware and Maryland, this area was considered to lie in Maryland. On July 5, 1755, responding to the request of members of the Church of England residing in the upper portion of Worcester . . . — Map (db m39556) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Delmar — Delmar War Memorial1941-1945
In memory of our comrades who died for freedom in World War II

John G. Cropper • George C. Curdy • Harold E. Dutton • Roland Galusha • Howard E. Hastings • Robert B. Hayman • George Kerekesh • Calvert A. Legates • Ralph McCain • Harry Neill • . . . — Map (db m39782) HM

Delaware (Sussex County), Delmar — S-69 — Highball Signal
Signals of this type were used on early railroads to control train movements. When the track was clear, the station agent would hoist the ball, permitting the train to proceed. The signal is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. — Map (db m39780) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Delmar — SC-103 — Town of Delmar
The town of Delmar was established soon after the Delaware Railroad reached this area in 1859. Although fire devastated Demare in 1892 and 1901, the town continued to build and grow. Incorporated on March 9, 1899, Delmar became known as the . . . — Map (db m3865) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Dewey Beach — Standing Guard
Built from 1939 to 1942, the 11 concrete observation towers along Delaware's coast were built to protect the shores during World War II - and to last about 20 years. They are still standing after 60 years. The towers were the eyes for the guns of . . . — Map (db m68875) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), east of Dagsboro — S-23 — Baltimore Hundred
Prior to 1775 this hundred was claimed as part of Worchester County, Maryland being named for Lord Baltimore. After boundary line between Maryland and Delaware was confirmed, Baltimore Hundred became part of Sussex County, Delaware. — Map (db m37404) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Ellendale — SC-184 — Ellendale's Railroad Square
Ellendale’s Railroad Square was a major rail junction and a beehive of economic activity in Sussex County. The first section of the Junction and Breakwater Railroad from Harrington to Milford was completed in 1859. In March 1860, the Company’s . . . — Map (db m38647) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Ellendale — SC-198 — Town of Ellendale
This area began as forest and swamp bridging the Divide between the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. European Contact made it a province of fur traders and hunters. In the 18th century, farming and timbering pushed back the swamp. With the . . . — Map (db m37196) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Fairmount — SC-122 — Indian Mission United Methodist Church
In 1881 the Nanticoke Indian people constructed this church to provide a place to join for religious devotions. Known as “Johnson’s Chapel,” the church was affiliated with the Methodist Protestant denomination. On March 27, 1884, . . . — Map (db m37564) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Fenwick Island — Fenwick Island Lighthouse
On December 29, 1858, the Lighthouse Board issued the following announcement: “Notice to Mariners New Light-House at Fenwicks Island, Delaware” Notice is hereby given that the new tower at Fenwicks Island, Delaware, is . . . — Map (db m63345) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Fenwick Island — Mason and Dixon Line-Survey Start
This is the marker from which Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon started the survey for the famous Mason-Dixon Line that separates Delaware from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

This marker was settled in 1750 by John Emory and Thomas . . . — Map (db m95336) HM

Delaware (Sussex County), Fenwick Island — The History of the Lighthouse
The Fenwick Island Lighthouse was listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the Department of Interior in 1979 in recognition of its significance of the rich maritime history of Delaware. In 1852, responding to pressure to improve . . . — Map (db m63347) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Frankford — SC-93 — Antioch Camp Meeting
A " Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church was established in this area by the 1830's. The first church was purchased in 1857. On February 28, 1890 land was purchased at this site for the purpose of construction of a new church. Annual . . . — Map (db m37323) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Frankford — SC-137 — Frankford United Methodist Church
In 1819, a group of Methodists purchased a parcel of land north of present-day Frankford. A frame chapel was erected, and on March 4, 1820, the members of the congregation met there to elect trustees and formally organize themselves as Antioch . . . — Map (db m37256) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — SC-86 — “Pettijohn’s Old Field”
The future home of Sussex County’s seat of government was a sparsely populated rural area when the 76 acres which would become the Town of Georgetown were purchased on May 9, 1791. Located “near the centre” of the country at a place . . . — Map (db m423) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — SC-95 — Academy / Masonic Hall
In 1827 the Delaware legislature authorized a lottery for the purpose of funding the construction of “an Academy and Masonic Hall.” Land was purchased in 1840, and construction commenced the following year. The building was formally . . . — Map (db m427) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — Delaware Confederate War Memorial
Base inscription-erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy Caleb Ross Chapter #2635 and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Delaware Grays Camp #2068. Front text-not legible, back text-not legible, side text-Smith Gilley, Confederate Army, . . . — Map (db m105569) WM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — S 76 — Delaware Technical and Community College
Site of the first community college in the State of Delaware. Formerly William C. Jason High School, this college was created by the Delaware General Assembly in 1966 and opened the doors to students in September 1967. Because of its central . . . — Map (db m49022) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — SC-96 — General Alfred T.A. Torbert
Born in Georgetown on July 1, 1833, Torbert attended local schools prior to his appointment to the West Point Class of 1855. After the outbreak of the Civil War he rose rapidly in rank, serving as a regimental and brigade commander of New Jersey . . . — Map (db m39375) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — S-72 — George Alfred Townsend Birthplace
George Alfred Townsend, famous Civil War newspaper correspondent, journalist and author, was born on this block on January 30, 1841. Townsend’s novels and poetry reflect his deep love for his native region. His best-known historical novel, The . . . — Map (db m38692) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — SC-46 — Georgetown
Site of town purchased May 9, 1791 from Abraham Harris, Rowland Bevins,and Joshua Pepper, and laid out for county-seat of Sussex County in accordance with Act of General Assembly of January 29, 1791. Named Georgetown in honor of George Mitchell, . . . — Map (db m49083) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — SC-170 — Georgetown Fire Company
On April 11, 1903, the commissioners of the Town of Georgetown held a public meeting to organize a fire company for the community. The effort was in response to the demands of businessmen and homeowners who had experienced rising insurance . . . — Map (db m48860) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — SC- 133 — Georgetown Presbyterian Church
In 1859 a petition was submitted to the Lewes Presbytery requesting the creation of a Presbyterian Church in Georgetown. The congregation was organized the following year. Meetings were first held in the Sussex County Courthouse. The . . . — Map (db m48861) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — SC-193 — Georgetown Train Station
In 1857 efforts to extend a rail line from Harrington to the harbor at Lewes were initiated. Though the line was completed to Milford in 1859, additional work was delayed until 1867. By 1868 the rails had reached Georgetown. With extension of the . . . — Map (db m38697) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — SC-142 — Grace United Methodist Church
In the spring of 1891, Rev. Louis A. Bennett was directed to establish a Methodist Protestant Church in Georgetown. His efforts were successful, and a frame church was completed the following year on the northwest corner of East Market and King . . . — Map (db m49013) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — Joseph T. Adams HouseBuilt in 1868
Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Plaque placed Return Day 2000 — Map (db m38695) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — Old Courthouse
Constructed in 1791 at the direction of the State Legislature, this structure served as the seat of Sussex County government until 1837, when it was sold and moved to this location to make way for the construction of the present County Courthouse. . . . — Map (db m38685) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — SC-107 — Prospect A.M.E. Church
The roots of African-American Methodism in this community can be traced to the organization of a black “class” within the local Methodist society in the 1790’s. By the 1830’s a group of residents had affiliated themselves with Bishop . . . — Map (db m49017) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — SC-88 — Relocation of the County Seat
The conflicting claims of the proprietors of Maryland and Pennsylvania resulted in a lengthy and sometimes violent dispute concerning the ownership and boundaries of Sussex County. Residents who had been Marylanders before the controversy was . . . — Map (db m424) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — SC-85 — Return Day
This event draws thousands as winning and losing candidates joining in celebration on the Thursday following each general election. Poor traveling conditions and interest in the outcome of political contests may have resulted in an extended stay . . . — Map (db m426) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — SC-101 — St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church
Incorporated on June 21, 1794, St. Paul’s P.E. Church is the oldest organized church in Georgetown. Prior to completion of the first church building, services were held in the Sussex County Courthouse. In 1805, a special lottery sanctioned . . . — Map (db m49011) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — SC-87 — Sussex County Courthouse
In 1835 a lottery was authorized to raise funds to replace the frame structure which had served as Courthouse since 1791. Construction of the new building began in 1837 following the sale and relocation of the original Courthouse to its present site . . . — Map (db m425) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — Sussex County Korean War Memorial
In Honor and Memory of All Korean War Veterans Who Served and Died for Freedom

LeRoy M Cook • Vernon L. Deshields • Gene O. Hanzer • Kenneth C. Hyslop • Laurence C. Layton • William A. Lockwood • Charles G. Messick • Darrell R. Steele • . . . — Map (db m38691) WM

Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — Sussex County Vietnam Veterans MemorialWelcome Home
1Lt Thomas B. Adams, USA - Selbyville LCPL Linden Wayne Brittingham, USMC - Milton PFC William Joseph Bunting, USA - Frankford CPL Reginald Wayne Burris, USA - Ellendale SGT Richard Samuel Dennison, USA - Bethel PFC Elmer Lee Faulkner, Jr., USMC - . . . — Map (db m38687) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — Sussex County World War II Memorial
In Honor of Those Who Paid the Supreme Sacrifice in World War II Arnold Lee Roach • Harry Ernest Hill • Harold Kenneth Scott • Robert E Marvel • John E. Adams • William H. Hudson • Edward P. Steele • Harold Lee West • E. Alden Townsend, III • . . . — Map (db m38689) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — SC-139 — The Brick Hotel
This locally famous landmark was constructed in 1836 by Joshua S. Layton and Caleb B. Sipple, builders of the Sussex County Courthouse across the Square. It replaced a frame Public House that had stood on the site. County courts were held here . . . — Map (db m38694) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — SC-111 — The Judges
This home takes its name from the many judges who have lived in it. The Judges was built circa 1809 by Peter Robinson, who served as Secretary of State for Delaware under three governors and was appointed Associate Justice for Sussex County in 1832. . . . — Map (db m38696) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — Wesley M.E. Chapel Cemetery
Site of 1st Methodist Chapel Erected in 1806 — Map (db m39376) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — SC -117 — Wesley United Methodist
This congregation’s beginnings can be traced to a visit from Methodist pioneer Francis Asbury to a gathering of farm families at the home of Abraham Harris on September 24, 1779. A prominent local landowner, Mr. Harris later conveyed a . . . — Map (db m49020) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Georgetown — S 80 — William C. Jason Comprehensive High SchoolFirst African-American Secondary School In Sussex County
Named after the first African-American president of Delaware State College, the school opened in October 1950. Funds were provided in the will of H. Fletcher Brown a local philanthropist, and by the State General Assembly. Initially Jason . . . — Map (db m49021) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Greenwood — SC-149 — St. Johnstown Methodist Church
In the spring of 1779, Methodist pioneer Francis Asbury visited this area to spread the message of his faith. His efforts were successful and resulted in the organization of a local society of Methodists. Early meetings were held in the homes of . . . — Map (db m38650) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Gumboro — SC 97 — Bethel Church
During the late 18th century Methodist itinerants traveled throughout the peninsula. Their efforts were well-received in rural areas such as this, described as the “heart of Methodism” in the 1780’s. The seeds sown by those early . . . — Map (db m60914) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Gumboro — SC 57 — Gumboro Hundred
Created 1873 by Act of General Assembly from the southern parts of Broad Creek and Dagsboro Hundreds. — Map (db m48582) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Gumboro — SC-181 — Gumboro School
In 1919 the Delaware General Assembly enacted legislation to reform the state’s system of public education. Through the efforts of P.S. DuPont and the Delaware School Auxiliary Association, a program to replace many of the state’s . . . — Map (db m49015) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Gumboro — SC-106 — Gumboro United Methodist Church
Gumboro United Methodist Church traces its roots from the post Civil War era when a group of local citizens organized under the name of Union Methodist Episcopal Church. In the early 1870s the Church purchased the structure used by the . . . — Map (db m49014) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Gumboro — SC 141 — Jones Cemetery
By the 1840’s, a group of local Methodists were meeting nearby in Jones School. Desiring a permanent place of worship, the congregation built a church in 1857 at a site one-half mile west of here. In 1861, Jacob Jones and his wife, Love . . . — Map (db m48566) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Gumboro — SC 121 — Westwoods Methodist Church
During the spring of 1779, Methodist pioneer Freeborn Garrettson visited this area to bring the message of his faith to the people. The efforts of Reverend Garrettson and others who followed were met with considerable success. Numerous . . . — Map (db m48567) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Hardscrabble — SC 123 — Asbury United Methodist Church
On May 16, 1812, land at this location was conveyed by Minos and Sally Tindall to representatives of the local Methodist society “in trust that they shall build or cause to be erected thereon a house or place of worship for the use . . . — Map (db m48857) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Hardscrabble — Hardscrabble
The term "Hardscrabble" was created during the 1700s when two men of Irish extraction engaged in a rough fight where Sussex 473 and 446 cross. The skirmish ended in a stalemate, even when the first structured store was built in 1895 by Garrison . . . — Map (db m39370) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Hollymount — SC-132 — Saint George's Chapel
During the late 17th and early 18th centuries, a great number of settlers came to this area from the lower Eastern Shore counties of Maryland and Virginia. They brought many elements of their culture including an affiliation with the . . . — Map (db m38196) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Hollymount — St. Georges Chapel
Indian River Hundred Original Building - 1719 Present Building 1794 Remodeled 1893 This Marker presented by the Daughters of the American Colonists • 1962 — Map (db m38637) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Laurel — SC-160 — Centenary United Methodist Church
In 1801 there was a great revival of religion amoung the residents of the area. The growing appeal of the Methodist movement resulted in hundreds of new members for the church. A class was formed in the Laurel area, and in 1802 a church was . . . — Map (db m11816) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Laurel — SC-145 — Christ United Methodist Church
In the fall of 1831, Reverend Thomas Pearson came to Laurel to assist with the establishment of a Methodist Protestant congregation in the community. With its founding, the church became one of the first of this denomination in Delaware. Early . . . — Map (db m4430) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Laurel — SC-202 — Hope Lodge No. 4Grand Lodge of Delaware , A.F. & A.M.
On June 23, 1800, a charter was issued by the Grand Lodge of Maryland for Lodge No. 31 in “Laurel Town.” The first Worshipful Master of the Lodge was Jesse Green (1766-1834). A Maryland native who moved to Delaware in the 1790s, . . . — Map (db m60600) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Laurel — S-84 — Laurel
This site was originally part of a tract known as "Bachelor's Delight". From 1711 to 1768 it was included in a 3,000 acre Nanticoke Indian Reservation, authorized by an act of the Maryland Assembly. A village known as "Laurel" existed as early as . . . — Map (db m4423) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Laurel — SC- 150 — Mount Pleasant Methodist Church
The origin of this church can be traced to the organization of a local society of Methodists in 1778. The first meetings of the group, then known as the Broad Creek Society, were held in the homes of its members. On October 19, 1779, . . . — Map (db m60624) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Laurel — SC-195 — Mount Zion United Methodist Church
This congregation was organized in 1809. Services were held in a structure that was first known as Elzey Moore's Meeting House, and later renamed Wesley Chapel. With the closing of Wesley in 1852, the congregation was divided. On January 8, 1853, . . . — Map (db m4539) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Laurel — S-68 — Nathaniel Mitchell(1752-1813)
This Federalist served as the governor of Delaware between 1805-1808. He was born in Laurel in 1752, attended Old Christ Church, and is buried in this churchyard. Mitchell was commissioned as adjutant of militia 1775, promoted captain in 1776, and . . . — Map (db m39779) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Laurel — Nathaniel Mitchell
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Delaware (Sussex County), Laurel — Old Christ Church
Established on Broad Creek in 1770 as a "Chapel of Ease" of Stepney Parish, Maryland on land purchased by a levy of 80,000 pounds of tobacco. Building completed by Robert Holston in 1772 at a cost of £510. — Map (db m39778) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Laurel — Pioneer of PreservationTed Harvey: Innovator for Preservation
Trussum Pond Tranquil waters trapped by a grist mill dam in the early nineteenth century made Trussum Pon a haven for the baldcypress. However, the trees now seen dotting the pond's surface are all that remain of a once extensive prehistoric . . . — Map (db m4540) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Laurel — SC-120 — St. Paul's United Methodist Church
In 1865 the Maryland Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church established a “mission” or charge circuit in southwestern Sussex County. At the time local members of that faith were holding meetings in Sharp’s school, a one . . . — Map (db m61627) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Laurel — SC-182 — The Wading Place
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 . . . — Map (db m11817) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Laurel — SC-169 — Trinity Methodist Church
In 1865, Reverend Isaac Adkins of the Methodist Protestant Church began to conduct services in Dorothy School House. The congregation was formally organized the following year. Meetings continued to be held in the school until 1873, when . . . — Map (db m61577) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — BreakwatersLewes * Maritime History Trail
Two massive breakwaters shield Lewes Harbor from the punishing seas where Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet. They create an 800-acre anchorage that is nearly empty now, but in the early 1900s it was capable of sheltering 1,000 vessels from . . . — Map (db m39380) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — 5 — Burton-Ingram House
c.1800. Contains hand-hewn timbers, cypress shingles, fine stairway, interior and exterior moulding. Cellar walls are made of sailing-ship ballast stones and brick. Moved & restored in 1962 by the Lewes Historical Society. — Map (db m113692) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Burton-Ingram House Addition
Late 18th century house which replaces original wing burnt in 1922. Donated by the Town of Milton in 1965. Moved and restored by the Lewes Historical Society. — Map (db m113693) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-219 — David Hall House
This house was the home of Colonel David Hall (1752-1817), patriot of the Revolution and Governor of Delaware. Devoted to the struggle for American Independence, he enlisted in the Continental Army in 1776 and was commissioned as a Captain in . . . — Map (db m38011) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-185 — Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse
Located on the eastern end of the Delaware Breakwater, this brown conical structure was built in 1885. The tower is composed of four tiers of cast iron plates lined with two feet of brick. It is twenty-two feet in diameter at the base and is set . . . — Map (db m39378) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station1884-1926
Many of the European immigrants who came to this country at the end of the nineteenth century brought with them a variety of epidemic diseases including cholera, typhus, smallpox and bubonic plague. This posed a serious threat to urban areas such as . . . — Map (db m39387) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Delaware PilotsLewes * Maritime History Trail
Marine pilots know the shoals, lumps, and ledges of the Delaware intimately. They know the bends of the dredged channel, the characteristics of every lighthouse and range light, and the location of wrecks. They understand tides and currents and the . . . — Map (db m39379) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Delaware’s Beachnesters
Each spring, upon arrival from their Central and South American wintering grounds, Delaware beachnesters establish colonies and take part in courtship rituals. The birds lay their eggs in shallow nests scraped into the sand mostly between the dunes . . . — Map (db m94322) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — deVries Monument — Dutch Settlement of Delaware
Erected By The State of Delaware To Commemorate The Settlement On This Spot, Of The First Dutch Colony, Under De Vries, A.D. 1631. Here was the cradling of a state. "That Delaware exists as a separate Commonwealth is due to . . . — Map (db m37400) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Dodds Corner
Serving Lewes with a general store and its harbor as ship chandlers, the Dodd family occupied this site from the latter part of the 18th Century until it was acquired in 1929 by Benjamin Ableman of Georgetown from one Joseph Frank Dodd, the . . . — Map (db m37099) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Frederick E. HudsonNovember 29, 1923 - February 18, 2008 — "Fred"
Born in Ocean View, Delaware, Fred attended Lord Baltimore School and with his friends often explored the natural and historic scenery of Old Sussex. Fred proudly served his country in World War II in the U.S. Army 1059th Signal Company Service . . . — Map (db m113697) HM WM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — German Submarine at Cape HenlopenThe Surrender of U-858
On May 14, 1945, the officers and crew of the German submarine, U-858 gave themselves up to U.S. Marines after hearing of Germany's surrender to Allied troops. They and their vessel were escorted here to the Fort Miles Army dock. Crew members were . . . — Map (db m39382) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — H.M. Brig DeBraak
On May 25, 1798 at 4:00 pm, H.M. Brig DeBraak capsized and sank off the coast of Cape Henlopen, Delaware during a sudden squall. This memorial honors the thirty-three members of the eighty-five man crew who were lost at sea. James . . . — Map (db m38436) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Harbeson Railroad Station Privyc. 1870
Established c. 1870 as Broadkin Station, the Harbeson Railroad Station served first the Junction & Breakwater and later the Pennsylvania Railroads as a passenger depot for nearly sixty years. After that time, the station continued to serve as a . . . — Map (db m113696) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-186 — Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse
A temporary light was established on the south end of the recently completed National Harbor of Refuge Breakwater on January 1, 1902. It was replaced in 1908 by a three-story frame lighthouse. A series of storms damaged the structure, resulting in . . . — Map (db m39374) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC 180 — Hiram Rodney Burton House
The land upon which this house now stands was acquired in 1675 by Helmanus Wiltbank, a prominent early resident and property owner of Lewes. The oldest portion of the present structure is believed to have been constructed by Cornelius Wiltbank . . . — Map (db m48936) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-204 — Home of Major Henry FisherHero of the American Revolution
A native and lifelong resident of this community, Henry Fisher (1735-1792) was one of Delaware's foremost leaders in the struggle for American Independence. His prominence as a skilled pilot and his firm support of the Patriot cause resulted in his . . . — Map (db m39377) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — John Penrose Virden
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Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Last Lewes Pilot Skiff
Used to take Del. Bay and River Pilots from pilot boat Philadelphia and pilot boat Delaware to and from ships in Del. Bay before World War II Rowed by 4 apprentice pilots Built by Dave Watson Lewes Master Small Boat . . . — Map (db m114550) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — S-31 — Lewes
Under orders from Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch erected Fort at Hoorn Kil (Lewes Creek) 1659 but were soon dispossessed by Marylanders. Here was also a communistic settlement established in 1662 by Mennonites from Holland under Peter Cornelius . . . — Map (db m19404) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — LewesZwaanendael
On north side of town was Zwaanendael, first Dutch settlement on Delaware soil. Founded 1631 on creek, named by settlers Hoorn Kil in honor of town of Hoorn in Holland. Colony was destroyed by Indians same year. DeVries, a director of company which . . . — Map (db m19407) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Lewes
The Dutch in 1673 established a court in Hoorn Kil for the inhabitants “on the east and west sides of Cape Henlopen unto Bomties (Bombay) Hook.” Governor Andros of New York in 1676 established an English court at Whorekill, the . . . — Map (db m19408) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Lewes
Here lived Ryves Holt, colonial chief justice; and four governors, David Hall, who commanded a Delaware regiment in the Revolution, Daniel Rodney and Caleb Rodney, sons of John Rodney, and Ebe W. Tunnell; also Colonel Henry Fisher, Revolutionary . . . — Map (db m19409) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — S-31 — Lewes
Under orders from Peter Stuyvesant the Dutch erected Fort At Hoorn Kil (Lewes Creek) 1659 but were soon dispossessed by the Marylanders. Here was also a communistic settlement established in 1662 by Mennonites from Holland under Peter Cornelis . . . — Map (db m38194) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Lewes Maritime History Trail
University of Delaware The University of Delaware (UD) has been involved with marine research since 1950, when a group of local fishermen became alarmed by drastic decline in Delaware Bay fisheries approached the Delaware General Assembly . . . — Map (db m113700) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-157 — Lewes Presbyterian Church
The origin of this church can be traced to the earliest days of Presbyterianism in America. A congregation was established here in 1692 under the leadership of the Reverend Samuel Davis. The steady flow of immigrants from Scotland and Ireland . . . — Map (db m38573) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Lewes-Rehoboth Canal
The Lewes-Rehoboth Canal connecting Rehoboth Bay and Delaware Bay was authorized by the U.S. River and Harbor Act of 1912. Initially, the canal was envisioned as a means of access to the sea for farmers and saw mills along the Indian River and Bay. . . . — Map (db m19307) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Life Saving StationLewes Maritime History Trail
The United States Life Saving Service (U.S.L.S.S.) was commissioned to rescue shipwrecked mariners along our nation's coast. Established in 1876 and 1884, repectively, the Cape Henlopen and Lewes stations worked together to save thousands . . . — Map (db m38472) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — LighthousesLewes Maritime History Trail
Lighthouses Two of the many lighthouses that have guided mariners on Delaware Bay for nearly 250 years can be seen from Lewes beach. The rust-colored Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse was built in 1885. It replaced an earlier . . . — Map (db m38524) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-175 — Lightship Overfalls
Responsible for establishing aids for the navigation of our nation’s waterways, the United States government Initiated the use of manned lightships or “floating lighthouses" in 1820. These vessels addressed many needs. They could be placed in . . . — Map (db m19312) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC- 138 — Maull House
This house is believed to have been built by Samuel Paynter, a carpenter who purchased this property in 1737. Following its completion, the house and surrounding land was sold in 1741 to Luke Shields, a prominent bay and river pilot. The . . . — Map (db m48920) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Menhaden FisheriesLewes Maritime History Trail
Menhaden, a small bony, oily fish was pursued not to be eaten but to be pressed for its oil and ground into fertilizer. Lewes' fisheries began in 1883 and reached their zenith in 1953 when the docks at Lewes strained unde the weight on . . . — Map (db m38820) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-214 — Menhaden Fishing Industry
The Atlantic Menhaden is a small herring-like fish found in the coastal waters of the Eastern United States. Used by Native Americans to fertilize crops, these oily fish were also used by European settlers to produce fuel for lamps. In the mid-19th . . . — Map (db m19428) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Milk House
Donated by Mr. & Mrs. Byron Pepper of Georgetown, Delaware Typical building of farms of the 19 and early 20 century — Map (db m113694) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Old Bethel Church
Built in 1790 as a meeting place for Methodists, this structure originally stood at third and Market Streets and consisted of one large room with an end gallery (slave box). In 1828 it was moved to Church and Mulberry Streets and enlarged to . . . — Map (db m48916) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Old Court House
In 1680, Governor Andros authorized the erection of a court house of logs to cost 5000 pounds of tobacco. Near this wall was the second building used from 1740 to 1791, when the county seat was moved to Georgetown. The church rented building . . . — Map (db m37347) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Otis H. Smith City Dock
In Honor of Otis H. Smith Entrepreneur, Civil Servent Mayor, City of Lewes 1950-1968 Otis H. Smith was the founder and President of Fish Products Co., one of the country's largest menhaden processing operations. During his long . . . — Map (db m38597) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Overfalls LightshipLewes Maritime History Trail
The Lightship Overfalls is one of the 179 ships that servrd as floating lighthouses on America's three coasts and the Great Lakes between 1820 and 1985. Lightships were used where it was not feasible to build a lighthouse, possibly because . . . — Map (db m38840) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Quarantine StationLewes * Maritime History Trail
In 1880, the fear that foreigners were bringing epidemic diseases to the United States led the federal government to create the National Quarantine System. Around the country, from stations like the one that was here, doctors were dispatched to . . . — Map (db m39385) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Ryves Holt HouseOldest Building Standing in State of Delaware
In this house lived Ryves Holt Chief Justice of “Three Lower Counties On Delaware,” 1745 to 1763 Member of Assembly of “Three Lower Counties On Delaware,” 1734-1737, 1742-1744, 1746-1755, And Speaker . . . — Map (db m48877) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-202 — St. Peter's Episcopal Church
In 1680, the Justices of the County petitioned Governor Edmond Andros for the right to grant lands. Under this authority, a lot of ground at this location was reserved for “publick use.” Many of the settlers who came to this area . . . — Map (db m38630) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Standing Guard
Built from 1939 to 1942, the 11 concrete observation towers along Delaware's coast were built to protect the shores during World War II - and to last about 20 years. They are still standing after 60 years. The towers were the eyes for the guns of . . . — Map (db m39595) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Tapping the Power of Wind Energy in Coastal Delaware
The University of Delaware's 2-megawatt wind turbine generates clean power and represents an important contribution to renewable energy development in the United States. Clean Energy Using wind power reduces our use of fossil . . . — Map (db m113701) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC221 — The Blizzard of 1888
Known as the “Great White Hurricane,” the Blizzard of 1888 was one of the most devastating weather events in recorded history. Affecting coastal states from Virginia to Maine, this paralyzing storm resulted in widespread death and . . . — Map (db m19316) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-167 — The Bombardment of Lewes
In March of 1813, the Royal Navy established a blockade of the Delaware Bay and River. The British squadron, under the command of Commodore John P. Beresford, RN, took up stations off Lewes and the Delaware Capes, and began to conduct raids along . . . — Map (db m19308) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The Bombardment of Lewes
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Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-168 — The Cannonball House
The War of 1812 had a major impact on the town of Lewes and surrounding area. The naval blockade that was initiated by the British in March of 1813 lasted for most of the next two years. With maritime commerce limited, the local economy suffered. . . . — Map (db m30358) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The Cape Henlopen LighthouseBeacon in the Night
For more than 150 years, the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse guided ships into Delaware Bay on their way to the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia.

The Cape Henlopen Lighthouse had its beginnings in 1761. Philadelphia merchants and ship owners . . . — Map (db m79167) HM

Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-230 — The Coursey-Daisey Nanticoke Indian Burial Ground
​ Located with in this neighborhood, a short distance south of here, is the burial ground of the Coursey and Daisey families, members of the Nanticoke Indian tribe. The graveside is unmarked except for a family tombstone noting the site. It . . . — Map (db m104206) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The De Vries Monument
Commemorates the establishment of the first permanent European presence on the Delaware Bay 1631 In 1631, a group of settlers under David Pietersz de Vries landed near this spot to form a whale hunting station and agricultural . . . — Map (db m38631) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The Ever Changing Cape HenlopenCape Henlopen, Delaware
Cape: a piece of land jutting into a body of water beyond the rest of the coast line; a headland; a promontory. Delaware's coastline is constantly changing. The daily effects of wind, tidal currents, and wave action are reshaping and redesigning the . . . — Map (db m39388) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The Explorations of Giovanni da Verrazzano
This stone is from Castello di Verrazano, the explorer's ancestral home in Val di Greve Chianti, Italy. He was engaged by the King of France in 1524 to lead a voyage of discovery to North America aboard his ship Dauphine. That Voyage is . . . — Map (db m63067) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The Fisher-Martin Housec. 1730
This house is an excellent example of Sussex County architecture circa 1730. It was moved to its present site in 1980 to help celebrate Lewes' 350th anniversary in 1980. — Map (db m113690) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The Great DuneLiving Sands
You are standing on the Great Dune, the largest sand hill between Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. This is the dune's highest point, about 80 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.

It took thousands of years and the actions . . . — Map (db m79166) HM

Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The Legacy of Ted Freeman
Theodore C. Freeman was born in Haverford, Pennsylvania on February 18, 1930. When he was fifteen months old, Ted's family moved to Lewes, Delaware. As Ted grew up, aviation became his passion. On his 16th birthday, Ted earned his pilot's . . . — Map (db m114560) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The New Devon Inn
The New Devon Inn Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places By the United States Department of the Interior 1926 — Map (db m38157) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The Osprey
The Osprey or Fish Hawk is found April through October in both salt and freshwater areas of the state. Almost as large as a Bald Eagle, the Osprey looks like a cross between a hawk and a gull.

Osprey can spot fish from extreme heights. . . . — Map (db m94323) HM

Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The U.S. Navy at Cape HenlopenA Century of Service
The United States Navy's ties to Cape Henlopen spanned nearly 100 years. The Navy first came to the Cape in 1898 to build a signal tower during the Spanish American War. In the 20th century, the Navy kept a communications station he, beginning with . . . — Map (db m79201) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — The War of 1812Lewes Maritime History Trail
During the War of 1812, British vessels blockaded the mouth of Delaware Bay in an effort to disrupt shipping patterns and supply lines and cause economic hardship in the Mid-Atlantic. But when crews attempted to land at Lewes to replenish . . . — Map (db m38598) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — SC-161 — The Zwaanendael Club
This building was constructed in 1898 by the Sussex Trust Title and Safe Deposit Company. It was opened in October of that year, and continued to serve as the Lewes branch of the bank until being replaced by a new structure on Second Street in 1911. . . . — Map (db m37396) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Thompson Country Store
Built at Thompsonville De. c.1800 Operated by Thompson family from 1888-1962. Moved, repaired and reopened by the Lewes Historical Society in 1963. — Map (db m113695) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Unknown Sailors' Cemetery
Lewes has been a Port-of-Call and a Harbor-of-Refuge since the 17th century. For generations during the ages of sail, a public burial ground in this immediate locality became the final resting place for hundred of sailors who lost their lives and . . . — Map (db m39373) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — World Wars I and II
In honor of those who made the supreme sacrifice and of those who served in World Wars I and II. They have fought, "to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy." — Map (db m113689) WM
Delaware (Sussex County), Lewes — Zwaanendael House
Zwaanendael House A memorial of the first settlement in Delaware by the Dutch, on Lewes Creek A.D. 1631 — Map (db m63578) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milford — Abbott's Mill
The origin of Abbott’s Mill can be traced to the fall of 1795 when local carpenter Nathan Willey entered into a contract to purchase land at this location. On April 23, 1802, Willey and several of his neighbors presented a petition to the Court of . . . — Map (db m38641) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milford — Absalom Jones1746-1818
Born near this place on a plantation known as “Cedar Town”, Jones moved to Philadelphia in 1762 and in 1784 purchased his freedom. He helped to establish the Free African Society in 1787. A leader of the independent African-American . . . — Map (db m38626) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milford — Fort Saulsbury
Constructed in 1917 as a coastal defense fortification of the U.S. Army. Names for Willard Saulsbury, U.S. Senator from Delaware 1859-1871. Two batteries were located within the fort, each with two 12-inch gun emplacements. The north battery was . . . — Map (db m38634) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milford — Joseph Oliver
In memory of Joseph Oliver who departed this life February 28, twenty minutes after seven in the morning in the Year of our Lord 1807 aged about eighty years.

Joseph Oliver was owner of land North of the Mispillion River, formally known as Saw . . . — Map (db m41882) HM

Delaware (Sussex County), Milford — Major General Alfred T.A. Torbert
Torbert Memorial Statue This memorial statue was commissioned by the Milford Museum to honor and commemorate the 175th anniversary of the birth of Major General Alfred T.A. Torbert, born July 1, 1833.

General Torbert, a West Point graduate, class . . . — Map (db m38639) HM

Delaware (Sussex County), Milford — SC-14 — Milford
Town laid out by Joseph Oliver 1787. Village was located on tract then called "Saw-Mill Range". Named Milford from fording place near mill-dam erected by Rev. Sydenham Thorne across Mispillion Creek, 1787. First incorporated 1807. Old town in Kent . . . — Map (db m38632) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milford — SC 26 — Milford
Town laid out by Joseph Oliver 1787. Village was located on tract then called "Saw-Mill Range". Named Milford from fording place near mill-dam erected by Rev. Sydenham Thorne across Mispillion Creek, 1787. First incorporated 1807. Old town in Kent . . . — Map (db m38638) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milford — Mispillion River Greenway Historical Sites
See individual pictures for text. — Map (db m41884) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milford — SC-115 — Slaughter Neck United Methodist Church
The history of this congregation can be traced to the early days of Methodism in this country. In 1777 a group of area residents gathered at the home of a “Mr. Shockely” to organize a local Methodist “Society.” While visiting . . . — Map (db m38623) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milford — The Towers
The Towers has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. — Map (db m41880) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milford — Vale-Williams Memorial City Hall
Here stood the home of Col. Robert Hill Williams. After it was destroyed by fire his daughter Maria Elizabeth Williams Vale and her husband Ruby Ross Vale constructed upon the site the present City Hall and gave it to the City of Milford - an . . . — Map (db m41883) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Millsboro — SC 102 — Dickerson Chapel A.M.E. Church
On May 2, 1868, the African Methodist Episcopal Church purchased land west of Millsboro from John M. Burton and first church building was soon built. In 1885, the Church officially changed its name to Dickersons Chapel to honor Bishop . . . — Map (db m48859) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Millsboro — SC- 129 — Godwin's School - District #190
On March 10, 1896, the State Board of Education approved a resolution recommending the creation of a new school district to serve the needs of local residents. The recommendation was forwarded to the Sussex County Levy Court with a petition . . . — Map (db m48862) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Millsboro — SC 136 — Grace United Methodist Church
In 1827 a Methodist Society was formed in this community, then known as Washington. On February 16, 1828, representatives of the congregation purchased a parcel of land for the purpose of erecting “a house or place of . . . — Map (db m48585) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Millsboro — SC-212 — Home of John J. Williams"Conscience of the Senate"
Born May 17, 1904, John J, Williams was a native and lifelong resident of Sussex County, Delaware. After completing his education in local public schools, he established the Millsboro Feed Company with his brother in 1922. Rapid growth of . . . — Map (db m37936) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Millsboro — SC- 54 — Indian River Hundred
So named in 1706. This hundred together with Lewes and Rehoboth, Broadkill, and Cedar Creek Hundreds, formed what the early settlers called “Old Sussex.” — Map (db m48583) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Millsboro — SC- 210 — Saint Mark's Episcopal Church
The first organized services for members of the Protestant Episcopal Church in this community were conducted by Rev. John A. Childs in a local schoolhouse in the mid 1840s. As a result of the declining condition of Prince George’s Chapel in nearby . . . — Map (db m38195) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Millsboro — The Ableman Homestead
An inn, one of several built in Delaware towns during this period, was established on this corner at the end of the 18th century and remained open until the end of the 19th century. This site was purchased by Abel Ableman and occupied from 1902 . . . — Map (db m37299) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Millsboro — SC-201 — Town of Millsboro
For countless centuries, this was an important meeting place for the Native American residents of the Delmarva Peninsula. In 1792, the state legislature authorized the construction of a mill dam “across the head of the waters of . . . — Map (db m49019) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-208 — Carey Storehouse
Believed to have been constructed circa 1830 by Joseph Carey, this is the oldest surviving commercial building in Milton. It was one of many such mercantile establishments that were located in the town during the economic boom years of the 19th . . . — Map (db m37846) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-216 — Golden Rule Lodge #17, I.O.O.F.
The origins of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows can be traced to the creation of beneficial trade societies in England. Composed of craftsmen who practiced a variety of different or "odd" occupations, the purpose of these organizations was . . . — Map (db m69352) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-127 — Goshen Cemetery
In 1801 funds were raised to support the building of a place of worship for local Methodists. On January 16, 1802, church trustees purchased land here “on a rising ground beautifully situated for that purpose.” A frame chapel was erected . . . — Map (db m38402) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-152 — Goshen United Methodist Church
A local society of Methodists was organized and meeting in this community by the 1790s. The first meetings were held in the homes of its members. On July 7, 1801, the group initiated the subscription of funds to establish a permanent place of . . . — Map (db m38358) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-176 — Governor David Hazzard
Born on May 18, 1781, he was the son of local residents John and Mary Houston Hazzard. Like his father, he engaged in extensive mercantile and agricultural pursuits. As a young man he was a local magistrate and an officer in the State Militia during . . . — Map (db m37561) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-198 — Governor James Ponder
A lifelong resident of this community, James Ponder was born October 31, 1819, the son of John and Hester Milby Ponder. His father was a successful merchant who was active in local political affairs. After receiving his education in the academies of . . . — Map (db m37702) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-188 — Governor Joseph Maull
Born in Lewes on September 6, 1781, he was the son of John and Mary Marsh Maull. Choosing to become a physician, he studied medicine with Doctor Jacob Wolfe. By 1803 he had moved to Milton, where he served the medical needs of local residents for . . . — Map (db m37693) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-207 — Governor Joseph Maull Carey
Born in Milton on January 19, 1845, he was the son of merchant Robert H. Carey and his wife, Susan. Educated in local schools, he later attended Union College and received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. An active supporter of . . . — Map (db m37728) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-162 — Governor Samuel Paynter
A native and lifelong resident of this area, Samuel Paynter was born at Drawbridge on the Broadkill River on August 24, 1768. He was a successful merchant, farmer, and mill-owner, whose prosperity was closely linked to the commerce of the river. . . . — Map (db m37562) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-244 — Mansion Farmer: the David Robbins Homestead
This two-story, late 19th century Victorian house was constructed in phases by the Robbins family between 1860-1909 and came to replace a modest structure built by David Robbins Sr. in the early 1800s. The most notable change made was a two-story . . . — Map (db m114435) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-83 — Milton
Located at the head of the Broadkill River, Milton became an important point for the shipping of agricultural products during the 18th century. A thriving shipbuilding industry supported the growth of the community, with large numbers of vessels . . . — Map (db m37125) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-82 — Milton
Located at the head of the Broadkill River, Milton became an important point for the shipping of agricultural products during the 18th century. A thriving shipbuilding industry supported the growth of the community, with large numbers of vessels . . . — Map (db m37541) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-153 — Milton Fire Department, Inc.
Like many local communities, Milton was plagued by numerous destructive fires during the 19th century. By the 1890s, citizens were calling for the establishment of a fire department to protect the town and surrounding area. The effort was ultimately . . . — Map (db m37395) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-217 — Milton Museum
On October 22, 1857, land at this location was conveyed to members of the Methodist Protestant Church. Construction of a house of worship was completed soon thereafter. The congregation consisted largely of persons who were employed in the . . . — Map (db m38284) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-196 — Milton Public Library
The Milton Library Association was organized in January 1875, and incorporated in March 1883. The first library consisted of one bookcase in Welch’s Store. Books were donated by members who paid an annual fee for user privileges. In later . . . — Map (db m37729) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-215 — Rising Sun Lodge #4, F. & A.M., P.H.A.
The roots of African-American Masonry in this country can be traced to the period of the American Revolution, when founder Prince Hall and others established the first Masonic Lodge for men of color in Boston, Massachusetts. By the early 19th . . . — Map (db m69807) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-143 — Shipbuilding on the Broadkill
Like the Native Americans before them, the European settlers of the 17th and 18th centuries utilized the Broadkill River as a means of transportation. Clearing of lands resulted in an abundance of grain and wood products. To transport these products . . . — Map (db m37397) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-144 — Ships and Men
The first vessel of record constructed on the river was the shallop BROAD KILL, which was registered in Philadelphia in 1737. Like many of the early products of local shipyards, it was an open boat designed for sailing the sheltered water of rivers . . . — Map (db m37398) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-156 — St. John The Baptist Episcopal Church
With expansion of settlement away from coastal areas in the early 18th century, there was a growing need for houses of worship to be located nearer to the homes of the settlers. In the spring of 1728, a frame chapel was constructed approximately two . . . — Map (db m38629) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-165 — The Holly Industry
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 . . . — Map (db m37399) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton — SC-235 — White's Chapel United Methodist Church
Organized in 1838, a Methodist Society then called the "Coolspring Methodist Episcopal Meeting House" began holding meetings in a schoolhouse situated on a nearby farm owned by Mrs. Jane Warrington. Trustees were elected and incorporated "to build . . . — Map (db m125876) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Milton area — S 27 — Cedar Creek Hundred
Originally known as Cedar Hook Hundred. Before 1683 that part of hundred lying north of Cedar Creek formed part of St. Jones County, now Kent County. When Mispillion Creek was made northern boundary of Sussex County, the northern part of . . . — Map (db m36932) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Mission — SC 105 — Bethany United Methodist Church(Lowe's Crossroads)
In the early part of the twentieth century, members of the Old Jones’ Methodist Church began to search for a more central location for the congregation to worship. Although the land for the new church was donated by Sarah C. Collins in . . . — Map (db m48564) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Nassau — S-29 — Broadkiln Hundred
Originally known as Broadkill Hundred, after creek of that name, kill being Dutch work for creek. Name changed by General Assembly 1833 when Georgetown Hundred was set off. In 1835 Act was repealed, and Broadkiln Hundred embraced same . . . — Map (db m36881) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), near Bridgeville — S. 50 — Seaford Hundred
Detached from Northwest Fork Hundred by Act of General Assembly, 1869. Northwest Fork Hundred, originally claimed by Maryland, then embraced all territory west of Northwest Fork. Delaware obtained undisputed title in 1775, upon . . . — Map (db m48997) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), near Clarksville — SC-190/141 — Blackwater Presbyterian ChurchAmerican Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site
In The 17th century, the colony of Maryland was founded as a refuge for Catholics and members of other religious faiths then subject to persecution. Many of the early settlers of this region, then a part of Maryland, were Presbyterians who had been . . . — Map (db m122258) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), near Dagsboro — SC-113 — Hickory Hill Methodist Church
For many years local Methodists were forced to travel a considerable distance to attend services. In 1873, Houston’s School House was established as a preaching place within the local circuit. The success of this effort stimulated . . . — Map (db m61105) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), near Georgetown — SC 151 — Cokesbury Church
A Methodist meeting house was erected nearby circa 1803. In December of that year, the lot on which the building stood was conveyed to trustees on the condition that they finish and maintain the structure as a church and school. The . . . — Map (db m49023) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), near Johnson — SC-92 — Old Sound Methodist Church
In April, 1799, one of the state’s first Methodist societies was organized near this site by Reverend Freeborn Garrettson. On April 29, 1784, one acre of ground was purchased here for the erection of a “preaching house.” The . . . — Map (db m38147) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), near Millsboro — Ancient Paths
In the ancient past Delaware was crossed by a network of Paths first forged by large animals and herds of buffalo migrating along the coast searching for food and salt deposits. The first settlers in this first state were The Nanticoke (Tidewater) . . . — Map (db m49012) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), near Millsboro — SC- 99 — Zoar Methodist Church
Zoar Methodist Church was founded in the late 18th century. Bishops Coke and Asbury are believed to have ministered to congregations in a log structure which served as the first church building. A cypress-shingle church was constructed . . . — Map (db m60454) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), near Milton — SC-174 — Zion United Methodist Church
This congregation was formally established in 1818 when a group of local Methodists obtained land on which to construct a house of worship from Aletta Clark. Known as Zion Methodist Episcopal Church, the small frame structure was located a short . . . — Map (db m37100) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), near Warwick — SC-187 — Harmony United Methodist Church
This congregation was organized in 1818 by members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. On March 20, 1819, trustees Purnal Johnson, Burton Johnson, William Hanzor, John Cornish, and Mitchell Johnson, purchased one half acre of land in Indian River . . . — Map (db m37934) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), near Whitesville — SC- 104 — Line United Methodist Church
On January 31, 1785, Planner Shores sold a one acre lot to the trustees of the local Methodist Society. A part of a tract known as “Pleasant Grove”, the land was located on the border of Delaware and Maryland. The deed . . . — Map (db m49925) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Oak Grove — S-64 — Bethel Church
Francis Asbury established a congregation at home of White Brown in this vicinity in 1778. The original church known as Brown’s Chapel was built 1781, completed 1806 by White Brown, Lemuel Davis, and Jacob Kinder. Early preachers here were . . . — Map (db m60595) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Ocean View — SC-124 — Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church
During the spring of 1779, Methodist pioneer Freeborn Garrettson visited this area to bring the message of his faith to the people. Garrettson’s efforts were favorably received, and a number of local Methodist “societies” were organized. . . . — Map (db m38084) HM
Delaware (Sussex County), Ocean View — SC-78 — Ocean View DelawareBirthplace of the Commercial Broiler Industry
In 1923, Cecile Long Steele started a flock of 500 chicks. At 16 weeks, they weighted 2 and ¼ pounds and sold for 62 cents a pound. By 1989, growers produce birds of twice the weight in half the time. Sussex County leads the nation in . . . — Map (db m37175) HM

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