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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Delaware City, 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 (519) Kent County, DE (218) Cecil County, MD (167) Kent County, MD (86) Gloucester County, NJ (55) Salem County, NJ (114) Chester County, PA (241) Delaware County, PA (200)  NewCastleCounty(519) New Castle County (519)  KentCounty(218) Kent County (218)  CecilCountyMaryland(167) Cecil County (167)  KentCounty(86) Kent County (86)  GloucesterCountyNew Jersey(55) Gloucester County (55)  SalemCounty(114) Salem County (114)  ChesterCountyPennsylvania(241) Chester County (241)  DelawareCounty(200) Delaware County (200)
Location of Delaware City, Delaware
    New Castle County (519)
    Kent County (218)
    Cecil County, Maryland (167)
    Kent County, Maryland (86)
    Gloucester County, New Jersey (55)
    Salem County, New Jersey (114)
    Chester County, Pennsylvania (241)
    Delaware County, Pennsylvania (200)
 
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1Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — "Old Fire Bell"
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
2Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Batteries Hentig and DoddThe 1890s modernization continued
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
3Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Building the C&D Canal
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
4Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — ChapelFort DuPont
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
5Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — NC-100 — Christ Episcopal ChurchDelaware City
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
6Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — City of Delaware City Veteran's Point
For all who served their country in time of need.Map (db m174521) WM
7Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Coastal Defense Forts
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
8Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Collins-Blackburn Memorial Building
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
9Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Commanding Officer QuartersFort DuPont
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 m140437) HM
10Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Constructed by First Engineers1933
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
11Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Delaware City Fire CompanyIn Memory of Our Members
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
12Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Delaware City Fire CompanyFireboat One-Five — Brief History of the Delaware City Fire Company River Rescue Division —
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 m174493) HM
13Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — NC-97 — Delaware City School No. 118C
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
14Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Fishing, Hunting & Trapping
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
15Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Floated Across The River
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
16Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — NCC-227 — Fort DuPont
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) WM
17Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Fort DuPont World War II Memorial
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
18Delaware (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
19Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Historic Delaware City
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 m140461) HM
20Delaware (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
21Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Leah Roedel: First Lady of ParksPioneer of Preservation
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
22Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Officers RowFort DuPont
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
23Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — NC-178 — Old Delaware City Public School
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
24Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Parade GroundsFort DuPont
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
25Delaware (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
26Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Post ExchangeFort DuPont
The Post Exchange (PX) was constructed in 1906. Later known as Burton Hall, the PX was multi-purpose facility that over the years included a gymnasium, bowling alley, barber shop, pool tables, soda fountain, exchange and library.Map (db m140449) HM
27Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Post HeadquartersFort DuPont
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
28Delaware (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
29Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Sailing on the C&D Canal
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
30Delaware (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
31Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Small But Mighty
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 m174516) HM
32Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — The Diving Bell
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 m10201) HM
33Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — The Lock at Delaware City
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
34Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Theatre
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
35Delaware (New Castle County), Delaware City — Waterfront at Delaware City
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
 
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