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Historical Markers and War Memorials in New Castle County, Delaware

 
Clickable Map of New Castle County, Delaware and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg New Castle County, DE (633) Kent County, DE (250) Cecil County, MD (181) Kent County, MD (100) Gloucester County, NJ (55) Salem County, NJ (115) Chester County, PA (295) Delaware County, PA (257)  NewCastleCounty(633) New Castle County (633)  KentCounty(250) Kent County (250)  CecilCountyMaryland(181) Cecil County (181)  KentCounty(100) Kent County (100)  GloucesterCountyNew Jersey(55) Gloucester County (55)  SalemCounty(115) Salem County (115)  ChesterCountyPennsylvania(295) Chester County (295)  DelawareCounty(257) Delaware County (257)
Wilmington is the county seat for New Castle County
Adjacent to New Castle County, Delaware
      Kent County (250)  
      Cecil County, Maryland (181)  
      Kent County, Maryland (100)  
      Gloucester County, New Jersey (55)  
      Salem County, New Jersey (115)  
      Chester County, Pennsylvania (295)  
      Delaware County, Pennsylvania (257)  
 
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1Delaware, New Castle County, Arden — NC-92 — Village of Arden
On Harvey Road.
Arden is an intentional community, founded in 1900 by social reformers Frank Stephens, a sculptor, and Will Price, and architect, to create a society based on Henry George’s Single Tax economics and William Morris’s arts and crafts philosophy. . . . Map (db m92287) HM
2Delaware, New Castle County, Arundel — Delcastle
On McKennan's Church Road, on the right when traveling north.
Near this site..."an eminence near McKennan's Church", the Continental forces took position against a British detachment encamped a half-mile away near Mill Town sent as a decoy, while the main body of the British army marched north to Kennett . . . Map (db m145587) HM
3Delaware, New Castle County, Arundel — NC-209 — Former Site of the Delcastle Prison FarmFormer Site of the Delcastle Prison Farm
On McKennans Church Road, on the left when traveling north.
Farmland along McKennans Church Road, formerly owned by the Wells and Gregg families, was acquired by the New Castle County Workhouse at Greenbank circa 1915-16 and named Delcastle Farms. Located approximately two miles from the main prison . . . Map (db m145624) HM
4Delaware, New Castle County, Arundel — NC-204 — The William Montgomery House
On Old Limestone Road, on the left when traveling north.
A stone on the facade inscribed with the initials "I.M" and a date of "1789" suggests that construction of this dwelling occurred during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a period of early industrialization in Delaware. Evidence of a stone . . . Map (db m145726) HM
5Delaware, New Castle County, Bear — Address by President Abraham Lincoln
President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, an early national cemetery for the Civil War dead. Starting in 1909, a date . . . Map (db m184904) HM WM
6Delaware, New Castle County, Bear — Boswell Square
On St. Andrews Road at Loch Lomond Street, on the right when traveling east on St. Andrews Road.
Named for James Boswell who was born in 1740 in Edinburgh, Scotland and was educated at Utrecht and Edinburgh University. Although a lawyer by profession, Boswell traveled widely in Europe and wrote at length of his journeys with skill and wit. The . . . Map (db m146784) HM
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7Delaware, New Castle County, Bear — Delaware Medal of Honor Recipients and Those Who Died in Service Memorial Cenotaph
[Medal of Honor Recipients markers] Here interred, with full military honors, at dedication services on October 15, 1989, are inscriptions conveyed from state and national monuments, symbolically representing those Delawareans who made . . . Map (db m184901) HM WM
8Delaware, New Castle County, Bear — POW/MIA Chair of HonorYou Are Not Forgotten — All Gave Some • Some Gave All —
Since World War I more than 91,000 American soldiers[, sailors, airmen, and marines] are unaccounted for. This unoccupied seat is dedicated to the memory of [t]hese brave men and women and to the [s]acrifices each made in serving this . . . Map (db m184896) HM WM
9Delaware, New Castle County, Bear — Sgt. James P. Connor Memorial Circle
Near Chesapeake City Road, 0.1 miles west of Summit Bridge Road (Delaware Route 71/896), on the right when traveling west.
Medal of Honor recipient WWIIMap (db m189388) WM
10Delaware, New Castle County, Bear — NC-126 — Sgt. James P. Connor Memorial Circle
Near Chesapeake City Road, on the right when traveling west.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware, on January 12, 1919, James P. Connor entered the U.S. Army in January 1941. As a member of the 7th Infantry, 3rd Division, he was a participant in the amphibious landing at Cape Cavalaire in southern France. On August . . . Map (db m144315) HM
11Delaware, New Castle County, Bear — The John Barbour PreserveThe Father of Scottish Literature
On East Scotland Drive just west of St. Andrews Road, on the right when traveling west.
John Barbour was born about 1316 and died in 1396. He was a native of Aberdeen, Scotland, a well educated man and for 40 years served as Archdeacon of St. Machar Cathedral. In the mid 14th century there were no Scottish universities. John . . . Map (db m146790) HM
12Delaware, New Castle County, Bellefonte — A Pathway through the Past
Near Cauffiel Parkway.
The trail you are standing on is surrounded by clues to this area's history. Some clues are clearly visible. Others are in the ground where you cannot see them. Archaeologists and historians study all these clues along with written records to learn . . . Map (db m39710) HM
13Delaware, New Castle County, Bellefonte — NC-201 — Blue Rock Community Club
On Brandywine Blvd., on the right when traveling north.
Established in 1917 as part of the esteemed General Federation of Women's Clubs, The Blue Rock Community Club (BRCC) provided an important social and service-oriented outlet for women. Beginning with just 11 founding members, the Club became an . . . Map (db m94235) HM
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14Delaware, New Castle County, Bellefonte — NCC-239 — Mount Pleasant Methodist Episcopal (ME) Church and Parsonage
On Philadelphia Pike (Business U.S. 13).
Mount Pleasant ME Church formed in 1837 as an outgrowth of local camp meetings. Construction on the simple stone church began in 1838 and a cemetery was established in 1841. In 1893, Mount Pleasant added stained glass windows, a raised pulpit, and . . . Map (db m140549) HM
15Delaware, New Castle County, Bellefonte — NC-170 — Mount Pleasant School
Near Carr Rd, 0.5 miles west of Philadelphia Pike.
On February 12, 1829, the Delaware Legislature passed the “Act for the establishment of free schools.” To meet the educational needs of the area’s youth, local residents formed a committee that purchased a parcel of land from Joseph Orr . . . Map (db m80519) HM
16Delaware, New Castle County, Bellefonte — The Cauffiel House and EstateA Country Home on the River
Near Cauffiel Parkway near U.S. 13.
Once the summer home of a prosperous Wilmington businessman and his family, the Cauffiel House has changed little since it was built in the late 1920s. The colonial style brick house still looks down to the Delaware River over land that was . . . Map (db m39709) HM
17Delaware, New Castle County, Brandywine — NC-114 — Grace Episcopal Church
On Concord Pike (U.S. 202) 0.2 miles north of Woodlawn Rd..
On December 30, 1835, a group of local residents met at the Talley School House to organize themselves as a congregation of the Episcopal Church. The old school, which was located on Naaman’s Road, was purchased the following February to serve as a . . . Map (db m128090) HM
18Delaware, New Castle County, Christiana — NC-173 — Christiana Presbyterian ChurchAmerican Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site
On Old Baltimore Pike (Delaware Route 7) near Delaware Route 7, on the right when traveling south.
Known in its early days as the "Presbyterian Church at Christiana Bridge," this congregation was organized in the 1730s. A church structure was built on this site soon after and a graveyard was established by the mid-18th century. Rev. Charles . . . Map (db m145161) HM
19Delaware, New Castle County, Christiana — NC-205 — Christiana Public School #111-C
On N. Old Baltimore Pike (Delaware Route 7), on the right when traveling north.
Formal education for African American children in Christiana began in the 1880s with the construction of a one-room schoolhouse. Many African American schools in existence at this time were marked by dilapidated facilities, a lack of running water, . . . Map (db m145173) HM
20Delaware, New Castle County, Christiana — NC-98 — Christiana United Methodist Church
On W. Main Street, on the right when traveling west.
The origin of this congregation may be traced to the earliest days of Methodism in America. In March, 1771, Joseph Pilmore, one of the first Methodist missionaries from England, preached outdoors at Christiana. Upon returning in 1773, Pilmore noted . . . Map (db m145164) HM
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21Delaware, New Castle County, Christiana — John Lewden House
On East Main Street (Delaware Route 7) 0.2 miles north of Christiana Road (Delaware Route 273), on the right when traveling north.
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Map (db m174442) HM
22Delaware, New Castle County, Christiana — NC-51 — Lafayette
On East Main Street (Delaware Route 7), on the right when traveling west.
General Lafayette enroute to Virginia, to command expedition against Benedict Arnold, landed 1500 troops here, with cannon, stores, and ammunition, March 2, 1781. Council of Maryland issued warrant to impress carriages, teams and drivers for his use . . . Map (db m145051) HM
23Delaware, New Castle County, Christiana — NCC-231 — Last Mustering of The Delaware Continentals
On East Main Street (Delaware Route 7), on the right when traveling west.
An Act of the Second Continental Congress established the Delaware Regiment on December 9, 1775. Delawareans were eager to fight for independence from Great Britain, and the regiment quickly grew to over 700 men in 1776. The regiment was initially . . . Map (db m145050) HM
24Delaware, New Castle County, Christiana — NC-184 — Old Fort Union American Methodist Episcopal Church
On N. Old Baltimore Pike (Delaware Route 7) at Bayard Street, on the left when traveling north on N. Old Baltimore Pike.
In 1813 a group of African-American Methodists led by Peter Spencer formed an independent denomination that came to be known as the African Union Church. It was the first incorporated religious body in the United States controlled entirely by . . . Map (db m145162) HM
25Delaware, New Castle County, Christiana — NC-52 — Samuel Patterson
On West Main Street just north of Flanders Way, on the right when traveling west.
Operated flour mill one-fourth mile south. Was captain in French and Indian War. In American Revolution was member of Boston Relief Committee, colonel of Delaware battalion of famous "Flying Camp," Brigadier General of Delaware militia and first . . . Map (db m67210) HM
26Delaware, New Castle County, Christiana — Talbot's Fort
On Christiana Bypass (Delaware Route 273) just west of Brown's Lane.
Colonel George Talbot , cousin of Lord Baltimore, in defiance of William Penn's claim to Delaware, erected a fort nearby, 1684, on land of the Widow Ogle. Talbot dispossessed settlers between here and Iron Hill who refused to acknowledge Baltimore . . . Map (db m145052) HM
27Delaware, New Castle County, Christiana — Village of Christiana
On W. Main Street, on the right when traveling east.
Colonial River Port and Crossroads A National Historic District 1684 [reverse side] Named for Queen Christina of Sweden Home of Col. John Read Landing of Marquis de Lafayette and 1500 Troops. March 1781 Major colonial . . . Map (db m145361)
28Delaware, New Castle County, Claymont — NC-176 — Archmere
On Philadelphia Pike, on the right when traveling north.
This was once the home of John Jakob Raskob (1879-1950), financier, DuPont and General Motors executive, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and developer of the Empire State Building. Known as "The Patio," his palatial home was . . . Map (db m14697) HM
29Delaware, New Castle County, Claymont — NC-123 — Church of the Ascension
On Philadelphia Pike, 0.1 miles north of Darley Road.
The roots of this congregation can be traced to 1843 and the missionary efforts of Rev. Greenbury W. Ridgely and the Rt. Rev. Alfred Lee, who conducted services every other Sunday in the Claymont Stone School. The church was accepted into the . . . Map (db m154091) HM
30Delaware, New Castle County, Claymont — NC-105 — Claymont Stone School
On Philadelphia Pike (U.S. 13) at Darley Road, on the right when traveling south on Philadelphia Pike.
Also known as Naaman's Creek School No. 1, THE CLAYMONT STONE SCHOOL was built on land donated by John Dickinson, the "Penman of the American Revolution," in 1805. The building was expanded and renovated in 1905. Evidence suggests that it may have . . . Map (db m146379) HM
31Delaware, New Castle County, Claymont — NC-192 — Grubb / Worth Mansion
On Philadelphia Pike (Business U.S. 13), on the right when traveling north.
John Grubb, one of the original English settlers in Delaware, acquired a one-third interest in a 600 acre tract of land at this location in 1680. Several generations passed and the Grubb family greatly increased their land holdings in the area and . . . Map (db m146375) HM
32Delaware, New Castle County, Claymont — NC-162 — Hickman Row
On Hickman Road (Delaware Route 491), on the right when traveling north.
The industrial expansion of Brandywine Hundred in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was largely reflective of national trends in the growth and development of heavy industry. As large corporations moved to locations outside of major cities, . . . Map (db m154138) HM
33Delaware, New Castle County, Claymont — In Honor of All Veterans
On Governor Printz Boulevard (U.S. 13) east of Philadelphia Pike (Business U.S. 13), in the median.
To those who have served in peace, we are thankful for their steady watch and perseverance. To those who have seen battle, we know there are no unwounded comrades Those who gave their lives that others may live . . . Map (db m154166) WM
34Delaware, New Castle County, Claymont — Mother Catherine Rosarii
On Philadelphia Pike (Business U.S. 13) north of Princeton Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
First Superior 1951 - 1957Map (db m146380) HM
35Delaware, New Castle County, Claymont — NC-99 — Old Claymont High School
On Green Street at Lawson Street, on the right when traveling south on Green Street.
Constructed 1924-25. Also known as the Green Street School. Prominent in United States history as the first public high school in the 17 segregated states to be legally integrated. In January 1951, eight black students applied for admission. Due . . . Map (db m14705) HM
36Delaware, New Castle County, Claymont — NC-160 — Robinson House
Near Philadelphia Pike at Naamans Road.
The oldest portion of this structure is believed to have been built circa 1730. In the 1740s the house and surrounding property were sold to Philadelphia merchant Thomas Robinson. Other holdings included a milling operation and landing on nearby . . . Map (db m14704) HM
37Delaware, New Castle County, Claymont — NC-91 — The Darley House
On Philadelphia Pike (U.S. 13) at Darley Road, on the left when traveling north on Philadelphia Pike.
The home of world-renowned illustrator Felix O.C. Darley (1822-1888). Built in the late 18th century and enlarged several times during the first half of the 19th century, the house was purchased by Darley in 1863 and renamed "The Wren's Nest." . . . Map (db m14137) HM
38Delaware, New Castle County, Claymont — The Guardian of Defenders Memorial
On Philadelphia Pike (Business U.S. 13).
. . . Map (db m154092) WM
39Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — "Old Fire Bell"
On Madison Street just south of 5th Street (Delaware Route 9), on the left when traveling south.
Used from 1890 until 1950 to summon volunteer firemen. Dedicated to all volunteers, past, present, and future of Delaware City.
Volunteer Fire Company Organized Mar. 17, 1887 Delaware City Hose Co. Jan 23, 1889 Delaware . . . Map (db m174523) HM
40Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Batteries Hentig and DoddThe 1890s modernization continued
Reported missing.
By the turn of the century, Fort Delaware had become part of a coastal defense system, linking Fort Mott in New Jersey and Fort Dupont in Delaware. Batteries* Hentig and Dodd, which each housed two rapid-fire guns, were intended to furnish . . . Map (db m21662) HM
41Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Building the C&D Canal
On Clinton Street, 0.1 miles south of Harbor Street when traveling south.
Although the idea of a waterway crossing the upper Delmarva peninsula was suggested in the 1600s, the canal did not become a reality until 1829. Over 2,600 workers, including many Irish immigrant and African-American laborers, dug the canal with . . . Map (db m174514) HM
42Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — ChapelFort DuPont
On New Castle Avenue north of Delaware Route 9, on the right when traveling south.
Fort DuPont’s chapel was constructed in 1941 to meet the spiritual needs of soldiers preparing to go abroad. The spire on this chapel indicates its non-denominational status. The Army considered wooden structures “temporary.” Most of . . . Map (db m156151) HM
43Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — NC-100 — Christ Episcopal ChurchDelaware City
On Clinton Street at Third Street, on the right when traveling south on Clinton Street.
In 1847, the Reverend Andrew F. Freeman and the Reverend Thomas F. Billop were appointed as a committee to organize and solicit subscriptions for a Protestant Episcopal church in Delaware City. The parish was formally organized on May 28, 1848, . . . Map (db m10208) HM
44Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — City of Delaware City Veteran's Point
On Harbor Street just west of Clinton Street, on the right when traveling west.
For all who served their country in time of need.Map (db m174521) WM
45Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Coastal Defense Forts
On Clinton Street at Harbor Street, on the right when traveling north on Clinton Street.
The British attack on Lewes, Delaware, during the War of 1812 demonstrated the need for forts to protect the Delaware River and the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia. The War Department recognized Pea Patch Island's strategic location and . . . Map (db m174520) HM
46Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Collins-Blackburn Memorial Building
On Madison Street, 0.2 miles south of 5th Street (Delaware Route 9), on the right when traveling south.
This building, formerly known as Delaware City School #118C, served as a school for the African American students of Delaware City between the years of 1922 and 1961. During these years 13 teachers taught over 300 students.Map (db m174522) HM
47Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Commanding Officer QuartersFort DuPont
On New Castle Avenue.
Constructed in 1910 at the head of Officers Row, the Commanding Officer Quarters sits on what was once Delaware City farmland. The building is prominently located on the north corner of the Parade Ground, a highly visible and dominating . . . Map (db m189100) HM
48Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Constructed by First Engineers1933
On Sussex Avenue just east of Wingate Road, on the right when traveling west.
These brick were brought from England in the 17th Century and used in the construction of Lord Fairfax Mansion at Belvoir, Virginia, 1736.Map (db m174452) HM
49Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Delaware City Fire CompanyIn Memory of Our Members
On 5th Street.
March 17, 1887 First Organized; January 23, 1889 Delaware City Hose Co.; July 9, 1924 Reorganized Delaware City Fire Co. No. 1; January 29, 1926 Incorporated; November 7, 2004 815 Fifth St.Map (db m140485) HM
50Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Delaware City Fire CompanyFireboat One-Five — Brief History of the Delaware City Fire Company River Rescue Division —
On Canal Street at Hamilton Street, on the right when traveling north on Canal Street.
In the years prior to WW II, many of the local citizens were watermen and made their living from the river. If a boat crew was in distress and needed assistance, other boat owners from town would navigate their craft to make the needed rescue. . . . Map (db m189888) HM
51Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — NC-97 — Delaware City School No. 118C
Near Madison Street, 0.3 miles south of 5th Street.
In 1919 Delaware radically altered its state school system, opening a new era in the education of African-American youth. Progress was stimulated by the efforts of the Delaware School Auxiliary Association and its primary supporter, P.S. duPont, who . . . Map (db m10445) HM
52Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — NCC-258 — Equal Suffrage Study Club
On Michael N. Castle Trail, 0.3 miles south of 5th Street (Delaware Route 9), on the right when traveling north.
In 1914, the Equal Suffrage Study Club, founded by and for African American women, encouraged the public to campaign for women's voting rights and inclusion of African American women. This club was one of Delaware's most active suffrage . . . Map (db m205501) HM
53Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Fishing, Hunting & Trapping
On Clinton Street, 0.1 miles north of Front Street, on the right when traveling north.
The river marshes around Delaware City provided the ideal habitat for fishes, waterfowl and muskrats. In the 1800s, local residents thought this wildlife would always be available and abundant. The harvesting of fish and birds in excessive . . . Map (db m174497) HM
54Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Floated Across The River
On Officers Row, 0.1 miles west of Wingate Road, on the right when traveling west.
As operations at Fort Dupont continued to expand, so did the need for additional housing. The solution? Utilize surplus housing from nearby Fort Mott, New Jersey, which was in caretaker status. In December 1931, the 1st Engineers rolled . . . Map (db m174451) HM
55Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — NCC-227 — Fort DuPont
On Delaware Route 9 at New Castle Avenue, on the right when traveling west on State Route 9.
This fort was originally established in 1863 as the Ten Gun Battery opposite Fort Delaware. In 1897 construction began on concrete gun batteries armed with long-range rifles, rapid-fire rifles and mortars. The fort was renamed in honor of Rear . . . Map (db m140397) HM
56Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Fort DuPont World War II Memorial
On Sussex Avenue. Reported permanently removed.
The U.S Army’s World War II XIII Corps (Dec ’42-Sept ’45) stationed its headquarters at Ft. DuPont (May ’43-June’44) prior to transferring to Eto. XIII Corps troops reached the Elbe River, near Tangermunde, Germany, in April 1945, the closest that . . . Map (db m140451) WM
57Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Gun EmbrasureA window for cannon fire.
Ten separate granite block formed each gun embrasure. Granite could absorb the shock of enemy fire, and thus protect the troops within the fort's walls. The iron shutters on the outside of the embrasure were designed to shield the gun crews from . . . Map (db m174814) HM
58Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Heronry on Pea Patch Island
On Clinton Street at Harbor Street, on the left when traveling north on Clinton Street.
Just a half-mile off Delaware City's Battery Park, Pea Patch Island is home to a large colony of herons in America. While Fort Delaware occupies the southern end of the island, nine species of wading birds have settled on the marshy, forested . . . Map (db m189915) HM
59Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Historic Delaware City
On Clinton Street.
Delaware City’s story begins in 1801 when the Newbold brothers, Barzilla, Clayton, and John, of New Jersey, acquired 1600 acres of land on the Delaware River, John Newbold built a wharf that became a center for trading and shipping grain, giving . . . Map (db m189478) HM
60Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — In Memory of W. Emerson Wilson1908 - 1982
Through his leadership Pea Patch Island was returned to the State of Delaware by the Federal Government in 1948. He was the founder and first president of the Fort Delaware Society, January 1950 and was elected chairman of the board in 1956.Map (db m10207) HM
61Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Leah Roedel: First Lady of ParksPioneer of Preservation
On Wilmington Avenue, 0.2 miles north of Exchange Road, on the right when traveling north.
Fort DuPont State Park Tucked beneath the northern foot of Reedy Point Bridge, Fort DuPont is one of the last open riverfront areas left in northern New Castle County. Once farmland, the site has been dedicated to defending the Delaware . . . Map (db m174456) HM
62Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Michelle N. Smith BridgeC & D Branch Canal — Delaware City —
On 5th Street (Delaware Route 9) at Canal Street, on the right when traveling north on 5th Street.
This bridge is named for local heroine Michelle Newton Smith, an Emergency Medical Technician with the Delaware City Fire Co. Smith, who dedicated her life to helping others, was aiding an injured motorcyclist along U.S. 13 when she was struck by an . . . Map (db m213305) HM
63Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Officers RowFort DuPont
On Sussex Avenue.
Officers Row was a home to commissioned officers and their families. The road was the originally the Henry farmhouse driveway leading from the canal (bottom left). The fountain replaced the “triangle” between Officers Row, Elm and Maple. . . . Map (db m140434) WM
64Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — NC-178 — Old Delaware City Public School
On Clinton Street, on the right when traveling north.
Delaware City was founded in 1826, in anticipation of the opening of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. The town was incorporated in 1851. The benefits of proximity to the canal resulted in a sustained period by prosperity and expansion of the . . . Map (db m94190) HM
65Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Parade GroundsFort DuPont
On Sussex Avenue.
This 18 acres of open space has been the focal point for most of the fort’s existence and has served many purposes over the years. Geographically, the Parade Ground separated officers’ quarters from enlisted barracks and utilitarian buildings. . . . Map (db m140448) HM
66Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Pea Patch Island
Fort Delaware is located on Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River. The island is sometimes said to have gotten its name from a boat loaded with peas that ran aground on a mud shoal in the 1770s. The spilled peas sprouted, mud caught in the . . . Map (db m21589) HM
67Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Post ExchangeFort DuPont
On Sussex Avenue.
The Post Exchange (PX) was constructed in 1906. Later known as Burton Hall, the PX was a multi-purpose facility that over the years included a gymnasium, bowling alley, barber shop, pool tables, soda fountain, exchange and library.Map (db m188564) HM
68Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Post HeadquartersFort DuPont
On Sussex Avenue.
This is the fort’s headquarters, also known as the administration building, constructed in 1901. The first floor of the building contained offices, the second floor was used for courts martial and records storage. The fort’s first official . . . Map (db m140447) WM
69Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Power StationBack-up electric plant for the fort.
In the late 1890s, when the fort was being modernized, these generators were installed to provide back-up power for the lights, elevators, and the firing of the twelve-inch guns. An electrical service ran under the Delaware River to supply the . . . Map (db m174813) HM
70Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Sailing on the C&D Canal
On Clinton Street at Harbor Street, on the right when traveling north on Clinton Street.
The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal offered easy passage between Philadelphia and Baltimore for both freight and passengers. By reducing the miles traveled between the two cities, the canal improved access to Pennsylvania's Susquehanna Valley and . . . Map (db m174515) HM
71Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Sally PortMain entrance to the fort.
In its original state, heavy iron-studded oak doors (like the one before you) stood at both ends of the sally port. Large granite blocks, quarried in Quincy, Massachusetts, line its walls. A sample of the fort’s fine brickwork can be seen on the . . . Map (db m21665) HM
72Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Small But Mighty
On Clinton Street at Harbor Street, on the right when traveling north on Clinton Street.
They seem scary to many people, but a world without bats is scarier. Bats eat millions of flying pests each night, helping to control mosquitos and moths and saving farmers billions of dollars in pesticides. White-Nose Syndrome [WNS] . . . Map (db m190540) HM
73Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — The Diving Bell
On Clinton Street, on the right when traveling north.
Made in Philadelphia 1839 for the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Company, it was used as an air chamber for workmen to make underwater repairs on the lock gates. The canal was opened in 1829 and was operated until the sea level canal was opened at . . . Map (db m189476) HM
74Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — The Lock at Delaware City
On Clinton Street, 0.1 miles north of Front Street, on the right when traveling north.
This earthbound rectangle of water before you was once the eastern gateway to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, one of four locks that regulated water depth along the canal to allow vessels to make the 14-mile journey between the Delaware River . . . Map (db m174502) HM
75Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Theatre
On Sussex Avenue just east of Wingate Road, on the right when traveling west.
The Theatre was constructed by the U.S. Army's 1st Regiment and the Works Progress Administration in 1933 to provide entertainment for soldiers, their families, employees and civilians. Adult tickets were 20 cents and children's tickets were 10 . . . Map (db m174453) HM
76Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware City — Waterfront at Delaware City
On Clinton Street at Harbor Street, on the right when traveling north on Clinton Street.
This quiet waterfront promenade was once part of a busy, noisy commercial district that included coal wharves, a steamboat dock, sheds and stores, and broad staging areas for local produce destined for markets in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Piers . . . Map (db m174518) HM
77Delaware, New Castle County, Edgemoor — Delaware: Trading with the world
On Lighthouse Road, 0.9 miles north of Ellerslie Road, on the right when traveling north.
The Delaware estuary is the second largest freshwater port in the United States. It hosts the country's second largest concentration of petrochemical facilities. Shipping of petrochemicals and other products has revitalized ports along the . . . Map (db m191845) HM
78Delaware, New Castle County, Edgemoor — Memories of Fox PointThe old days remembered
On Lighthouse Road, 0.9 miles north of Ellerslie Road, on the right when traveling north.
The history of Fox Point has been rich and varied with each generation leaving its indelible influence on the area. Gertrude Dunlap, historian of the Fox Point Association, fondly recorded the memories of long time residents of the Fox Point . . . Map (db m191846) HM
79Delaware, New Castle County, Edgemoor — Natural history of the Delaware Estuary
On Lighthouse Road, 1 mile Ellerslie Road.
Shellfish call the muddy bottom their home Among the many species of bottom-dwelling invertebrates the most commercially important are oysters and blue crabs. The estuary has been famous for high-quality oysters for over a century. After . . . Map (db m191859) HM
80Delaware, New Castle County, Edgemoor — Timeline of the Delaware River
On Lighthouse Road, 0.7 miles north of Edgemoor Road.
1640 Native people welcomed the early explorers Before the arrival of the first Europeans, this area was occupied by Lenape Indians, who depended on the forests, river valleys and waterways for their survival. When the early Dutch . . . Map (db m191668) HM
81Delaware, New Castle County, Edgemoor — Welcome to Fox Point State ParkUnique in many ways
On Lighthouse Road, 1 mile north of Ellerslie Road, on the right when traveling north.
Fox Point State Park is unique in Delaware's system of state parks. The park and its surroundings have a colorful history. As home to the Lenape Indians, the Swedes, Dutch, and English, it has been a hunting ground, farmland, a resort, and an . . . Map (db m191848) HM
82Delaware, New Castle County, Elsmere — NC-199 — The "Annie Oakleys": First Female Prison Guards in the United States
On Greenbank Rd, 0.1 miles west of Albertson Dr., on the right when traveling east.
Completed in 1901, the New Castle County Workhouse at Greenbank was named the first penal institution in the United States to employ armed female guards. Nicknamed "Annie Oakleys" for their excellent shooting ability with the machine guns and rifles . . . Map (db m195007) HM
83Delaware, New Castle County, Elsmere — NC-161 — The Delaware Continentals
On Newport Gap Pike (Delaware Route 41) 0.7 miles south of Kirkwood Highway (Delaware Route 2), on the right when traveling north.
On December 9, 1775, the Continental Congress resolved that a body of troops be raised in Delaware "for the defense of American liberty." Commanded by Colonel John Haslet, the Delaware Regiment consisted of more than 500 battle-ready troops when . . . Map (db m128084) HM
84Delaware, New Castle County, Elsmere — Veterans Memorial
On Spruce Avenue, 0.1 miles north of Kirkwood Highway (Delaware Route 2), on the left when traveling south.
In honor of all VeteransMap (db m174339) WM
85Delaware, New Castle County, Glasgow — NC-142 — Aiken's Tavern Historic District
On Glasgow Avenue (old Rt. 896), 0.1 miles north of Pulaski Highway (U.S. 40), on the right when traveling north.
In the years prior to the Revolutionary War, John Aiken commenced the operation of a tavern and storehouse at this location near the intersection of two of the major roadways of the Delmarva Peninsula. Aided by their proximity to this important . . . Map (db m153860) HM
86Delaware, New Castle County, Glasgow — Delaware Militia
On Pulaski Highway (U.S. 40).
The federal government recognized the need for a militia. It is mentioned in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The 2nd Amendment states “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the . . . Map (db m140181) WM
87Delaware, New Castle County, Glasgow — Exploring the Past of Pencader Hundred
On Pulaski Highway (U.S. 40).
Exploring the Past of Pencader Hundred (Headings only-the lower scrip is not legible) Welsh Tract Church, Milling, Development of Roads, Iron Production, New Castle and Frenchtown Railroad, C & D Canal, Revolutionary War, Native American . . . Map (db m140189) HM
88Delaware, New Castle County, Glasgow — Historic Iron Ore Mining
On Route Newark.
What is iron ore? Iron is a silvery-white, solid metal, though when found in Pencader Hundred, it commonly appears as a brown and sometimes nearly black oxide of iron. Its chemical symbol Fe, is derived from ferrum, the Latin word for iron. By . . . Map (db m140211) HM
89Delaware, New Castle County, Glasgow — Marquis de Lafayette
On Pulaski Highway (U.S. 40).
The great debt we owe the French people was repaid 136 years later during the First World War when the American Expeditionary Force arrived in France. On July 4, 1917, American troops marched through Paris, ending at the grave of Lafayette. At . . . Map (db m168721) HM
90Delaware, New Castle County, Glasgow — Mason Dixon Line & the Boundaries of Delaware
On Pulaski Highway (U.S. 40).
Delaware boundaries are made up of three distinct lines. * The 12-mile radius, surveyed 1701. ** The Transpeninsular Line, surveyed 1751. *** The Mason-Dixon Line, surveyed 1763. All the lines were completed even before Delaware became a . . . Map (db m153857) HM
91Delaware, New Castle County, Glasgow — NC-124 — Pencader Presbyterian Church
On Glasgow Avenue (old Rt. 896) at Pulaski Highway (U.S. 40), on the right when traveling north on Glasgow Avenue (old Rt. 896).
On October 15, 1701, William Penn granted 30,000 acres of land to William Davies, David Evans, and William Willis "in behalf of themselves and Company of new Welsh Purchasers." Known as the Welsh Tract, this expansive holding attracted large . . . Map (db m153859) HM
92Delaware, New Castle County, Glasgow — NC-203 — Poplar Hall
On Denny Road, on the left when traveling west.
James Boulden the Elder and his family moved to Delaware from Maryland in the mid-18th century, amassing wealth and expanding their land ownership in Pencader Hundred as the century progressed. The two-story brick mansion house was built during this . . . Map (db m147803) HM
93Delaware, New Castle County, Glasgow — The Hundreds of Delaware
On Pulaski Highway (U.S. 40).
What is a Hundred? A hundred is an old English subdivision of a county. Although the origin is somewhat shrouded in mystery, basically it was a tract of land large enough to provide a hundred men to serve the king’s wars. In American colonies . . . Map (db m156915) HM
94Delaware, New Castle County, Glasgow — The March Through PencaderA Fight for Freedom
On Pulaski Highway (U.S. 40).
Philadelphia Campaign Troop Maneuvers in Delaware and Maryland August 25-September 10, 1777 (as shown on the map) (Inscription in the lower right) The Philadelphia Campaign was so-named since the city was the British . . . Map (db m153862) HM
95Delaware, New Castle County, Glasgow — Veterans Memorial
Near Chesapeake City Road, 0.1 miles west of Summit Ridge Road (Delaware Route 71/896), on the right when traveling west.
In honor of all Delaware Veterans and their families Map (db m189387) WM
96Delaware, New Castle County, Greenville — NC-78 — Camp Brandywine
On Kennett Pike (Delaware Route 52) at Briars Lane on Kennett Pike.
In the Civil War the first camp of this name was at Wilmington Fair Grounds for the First and Second Delaware Regiments. The same name was given this site in September 1862 for a camp of Pennsylvania troops sent to guard powder mills. They were . . . Map (db m45573) HM
97Delaware, New Castle County, Greenville — Eleutherian Mills
On Buck Road, on the left when traveling south.
[1st plaque] Eleutherian Mills This is Eleutherian Mills, where E.I. du Pont built his home in 1803. Here also is the restoration of E,I. du Pont's garden, as well as a workshop, vehicle and weather vane exhibits in the Barn, and . . . Map (db m213322) HM
98Delaware, New Castle County, Greenville — Hickory Tree Stump Monument
On Burnt Mill Road, on the right when traveling east.
. . . Map (db m213827) HM
99Delaware, New Castle County, Greenville — Owl's Nest
On Owl's Nest Road, on the right when traveling east.
Est. 1915 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m213869) HM
100Delaware, New Castle County, Greenville — Pierre Samuel DuPont de Nemours Memorial
On Buck Road.
Sacred to the memory of Pierre Samuel DuPont de Nemours Knight of the Order of Vasa, of the Legion of Honor and of the Order of Du Lis, Counselor of State, Member of the First Constituent Assembly, President of the Council of Ancients and member of . . . Map (db m128801) HM

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