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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Smyrna, Delaware

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Smyrna is in Kent County
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1 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — KC-67 — "First in the World" — Post # 14 American Legion Ambulance Service
In 1924, the members of the David C. Harrison American Legion Post # 14 initiated the first American Legion ambulance service in the world. Its eighteen founding members were veterans of World War I who volunteered their time to transport the . . . Map (db m39026) HM
2 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — KC-67 — "First in the World" — Post #14 American Legion Ambulance Service
In 1924, the David C. Harrison American Legion Post #14 in Smyrna formed the first American Legion Ambulance Service in the world. The 18 founding members were veterans of World War I who volunteered to transport sick and injured community members . . . Map (db m174556) HM
3 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — Allee House
In 1706 John Allee, of a Huguenot family, bought a 600-acre tract, "Woodstock Bower," of which this land is a part. One of his sons, Abraham, was prominent in Kent County affairs until his death in 1776: Member of the General Assembly 1726, . . . Map (db m39589) HM
4 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — KC-106 — Citizens' Hose Company No. 1. Inc.
The history of Citizens Hose Company No.1, Inc. began on January 6, 1886, when thirty residents of Smyrna voted to "go into permanent organization" to serve the firefighting needs of the community. Their charter was approved by the Delaware . . . Map (db m141288) HM
5 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — KC-2 — Commodore Jacob Jones
Born 1768, near this site. Commanded U.S. Sloop Wasp in notable victory over superior British sloop Frolic, October, 1812, off Cape Hatteras. Commanded frigate Constitution 1818-1829. Died August, 1850. Buried at Cecilton, Maryland. Reinterred in . . . Map (db m39031) HM
6 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — Dedicated To All Who Served
Grey M. Budd • † James E. Brown • † John W. Shallengerger • † C. E. Dick Burris • † Daniel D. Jenkins • † John D. Heverin, Jr. • † Thomas H. Pearce • † Walter L. Marryat • † Roy W. Jones • † William Billy Rohman • † David W. . . . Map (db m130456) WM
7 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — K-123 — Former site of Whitehall Plantation
Whitehall Plantation, once owned by the Chew family, contained over 400 acres of land and was worked solely by enslaved labor. Among those enslaved was Richard Allen who was born here and later founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church. By 1798 . . . Map (db m142525) HM
8 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — KC-60 — Home of Allen McLane
For many years this home was the property of Colonel Allen McLane, statesman and hero of the American Revolution. Born in Philadelphia August 8, 1746, McLane had moved to Delaware by 1769. His military career began when he was commissioned . . . Map (db m39028) HM
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9 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — In Memory of Victor D. Ennis — 1919 - 1955
WWII Air Force Pilot Held prisoner by the enemy for one year Member Citizens Hose Co. Map (db m174547) WM
10 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — In This Place... — Hunting & Trapping Traditions

Waterfowl Wonderlands
THe plentiful and productive Duck Creek marshlands have supported a long tradition of waterfowl hunting. Quoting Jasper Danckaerts, from his 1679 Delaware expedition (Lunt 1968):

"I have . . . Map (db m247064) HM
11 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — In This Place... — Duck Creek Farming & Shipping

Smyrna Shipping:
Starting around the mid-1800's, export of agricultural commodities produced in Duck Creek Hundred - by way of steamships serving Wilmington, Philadelphia and other markets, and later, via emerging railroad lines . . . Map (db m247065) HM
12 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — In This Place... — An Ever-Changing Landscape

Bombay Hook Island - Bygone Days
The series of illustrations tell the story of dramatic changes to the landscape just east of where you stand over the past 200 years...from a riverine one in the 1700's and 1800' a large . . . Map (db m247068) HM
13 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — In This Place... — Late 1600's to Mid-1800's

The "Thoroughfare" and Old Duck Creek
Prior to European settlement, the Smyrna River outlet to Delaware Bay (as we know it today) did not exist. As shown in the map at left, the historic path of "Old Duck Creek" made a right turn . . . Map (db m247070) HM
14 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — In This Place... — Late 1600's - 1700's

A Plentiful and Prosperous Place
The map at left (circa 1630) and quote below highlight the wealth of natural resources as viewed by early Delaware Bay explorers:

"The land is very good and fruitefull...covered . . . Map (db m247079) HM
15 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — Just Down the Road… — Late 1800's to Early 1900's
This poster depicts the heyday of the grand resort that existed at nearby Woodland Beach during the late 1800's to early 1900's. Note the passenger train, steamship, grand hotel, dance hall and other resort facilities. As many as a thousand visitors . . . Map (db m247066) HM
16 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — Just Up the Road... — The Collins Beach Resort — Reported unreadable

"Ho! For Collins Beach!"
Back in the 1800's [unreadable] The famous Hygenia House hotel at left [unreadable] dance pavilion and restaurant. A merry-go-round, bath house and other amenities were also on hand to . . . Map (db m247122) HM
17 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — Korean War Veterans Memorial
Korean War Veterans Memorial Dedication June 28, 2000 War started June 25, 1950Map (db m130459) WM
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18 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — Maj. McLane Bridge Lake Como Spillway
Major Allen McLane of the village of Duck Creek Crossroads, now known as Smyrna, Delaware, was one of Delaware's most significant heroes of the American Revolution. McLane volunteered for service in Virginia at the start of the revolution, and . . . Map (db m174546) HM WM
19 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — Pearl Harbor Memorial
In memory of those who perished December 7th, 1941 "A date which will live in infamy" Never again will one generation of veterans abandon anotherMap (db m174542) WM
20 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — Presbyterian Church of Smyrna
Proclaiming the Excellencies of Jesus Christ
"Behold I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious cornerstone, and whoever believes in him will not be disappointed." 1 Peter 2:5
The First Presbyterian Church of . . . Map (db m174548) HM
21 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — K-102 — School District No. 5
In 1829 the Delaware General Assembly enacted legislation resulting in the establishment of a public school system. The state was subdivided into local districts. One of these was School District #5, which was created to serve the needs of students . . . Map (db m142499) HM
22 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — KC-78 — Sgt. John B. Maberry — Medal of Honor Recipient
Born December 17, 1841, John B. Maberry was the son of John and Temperance Brockson Maberry of Duck Creek Hundred. Responding to the call of his country, he enlisted in the Union Army’s Company F, First Regiment, Delaware Infantry Volunteers, in . . . Map (db m39024) HM
23 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — KC-81 — Site of Duck Creek Presbyterian Church
In 1733 a charter was granted to “a dissenting congregation” of Scots and Irish Presbyterians who had settled in this area. A Meeting House was subsequently erected at this location. The Reverend Thomas Evans conducted the first service . . . Map (db m39032) HM
24 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — KC-84 — Site of Green Pottery
In 1764, Thomas Green sold a one-quarter acre lot at this location to his grandson, Charles Green. Some time thereafter, Charles established a facility for the manufacturing of redware pottery on this site. The business is known to have been in . . . Map (db m39678) HM
25 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — KC-56 — Site of Old Asbury Methodist Church
The roots of Methodism in this community can be traced to the organization of a local “society” in the 1770’s. Meetings were held in private homes before a frame structure was built here circa 1786 on land provided by Col. Allan McLane, . . . Map (db m39027) HM
26 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — Site of the Duck Creek Society of Friends
The first religious organization to hold services in Duck Creek Hundred - 1705. Property transferred to Duck Creek Historical Society - 1962. Michael Desmond, Jr's Eagle Scout Restoration Project - 2002.Map (db m39711) HM
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27 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — KC-71 — Smyrna Opera House and Old Town Hall
In the spring of 1869, the Commissioners of Smyrna approved a plan to erect a Town Hall. Responding to the long-held desire of the citizens for a venue for public gatherings, architect Richard Mitchell designed the building to include a . . . Map (db m39030) HM
28 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — St. Peter's Episcopal Church — 22 North Union Street — Smyrna Historic District —
St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Smyrna Historic District on the National Register of Historic PlacesMap (db m130457) HM
29 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — KC-125 — St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Founded in 1740, St. Peter's was originally located near Duck Creek on the old King's Highway. In 1762 the congregation moved to a newly constructed stone chapel on the site of St. Peter's Cemetery. When the chapel fell into disrepair, the . . . Map (db m141377) HM
30 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — KC-85 — The Barracks
This longtime Smyrna landmark was constructed by Robert Holliday in the late 18th century. The first known residents of the home are believed to have been the family of his daughter, Susannah Holliday Wilson. The origin of the name “The . . . Map (db m39029) HM
31 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — The Delaware House — 27 North Main Street
The Delaware House N. Main & Mt. Vernon Street c. 1817 National Register of Historic Places of the Smyrna Historic DistrictMap (db m39676) HM
32 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — The Gray Box Chateau — 24 North Main Street
The Gray Box Chateau 24 North Main Street has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1764Map (db m174313) HM
33 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — The John Cummins Mansion — 114 North Main Street
The John Cummins Mansion has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior May 23, 1980Map (db m174312) HM
34 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — KC-103 — Thomas D. Clayton School
In 1919, a new era for education in Delaware was initiated when a statewide effort to replace old and outdated facilities was undertaken. In 1922, the new Smyrna Colored School opened its doors for African-Americans and other persons of color . . . Map (db m141287) HM
35 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — Thornley House — 128 West Commerce Street
Thornley House circa 1920 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Map (db m174551) HM
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36 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — KC-113 — Union Cemetery
The name Union Cemetery is derived from the fact that this burial site was created to inter deceased members affiliated with the African-American houses of worship in this area. Originally owned by James and Hester Till, the land for the cemetery . . . Map (db m130460) HM
37 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — Veterans Memorial
Smyrna — Clayton honors their men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United StatesMap (db m130458) WM
38 Delaware, Kent County, Smyrna — Veterans Memorial
This plaque is dedicated to the veterans of all wars whose mortal remains now repose in this cemetery.Map (db m174543) WM
39 Delaware, New Castle County, Smyrna — NC-89 — Clearfield Farm
Built in the mid-eighteenth century by Captain David Clark, Clearfield Farm was the home of his grandson John Clark (1761 -1821), Governor of Delaware from 1817 -1820. John Clark served as Colonel in the Delaware Militia and as Justice of the Peace . . . Map (db m69112) HM
40 Delaware, New Castle County, Smyrna — KC-1 — Duck Creek Hundred
Originally embraced all lands south of Duck Creek and north of Leipsic Creek from Delaware River to Maryland line. In 1869 western half of hundred was detached and joined to western half of Little Creek Hundred to form Kenton Hundred.Map (db m243081) HM
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May. 24, 2024