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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Wilmington, Delaware

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Wilmington is the county seat for New Castle County
Wilmington is in New Castle County
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      Kent County, Maryland (99)  
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      Chester County, Pennsylvania (275)  
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1Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — 18 — "K. C." and "B. C." Stones — Old Swedes Churchyard Walking Tour —
These are the earliest dated fieldstone markers in the churchyard. Along with the carved initials, 1726 is still visible. The initials stand for Kathrina and Brita Cock, Swedish sisters who died from typhoid fever within two days of each . . . Map (db m174903) HM
2Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — 5 — "M. B." Stone — Old Swedes Churchyard Walking Tour —
This small stone is probably one of the oldest still visible in the churchyard. It is not known who M. B. was or when he or she died. The stone is typical of the simple rough markers of the late 1600s and early 1700s.Map (db m174891) HM
3Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — "Sign of the Ship" Tavern
Site of famous tavern of Revolutionary days known as "The Sign of the Ship." John Marshall was then innkeeper. Officers of Continental Army were quartered here. Washington, Lafayette, Aaron Burr and Commodore Perry were among its distinguished . . . Map (db m140394) HM WM
4Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — 1313 Delaware Avenue
This property 1313 Delaware Avenue has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m173770) HM
5Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — 1315 Delaware Avenue
This property 1315 Delaware Avenue has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m173844) HM
6Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — A City’s Growing Demand for WaterCool Spring Reservoir Plaza
(Upper left) The Cool Spring Reservoir was designed by consulting civil engineer William E. Morris of Philadelphia and others as an open air reservoir formed by an earthen embankment and bordered by 10th and Van Buren Streets. Work on the . . . Map (db m173923) HM
7Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — A French Legion Kept Watch HereWashington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route
During the American Revolution Lauzun's Legion spent the winter and spring of 1782-1783 in Wilmington to help guard Philadelphia and Baltimore from British attack. The troops were housed in the Wilmington Academy, located where the Grand Opera . . . Map (db m166673) HM
8Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NCC-248 — Abraham Shadd Family
Abraham Doras Shadd (1801-1882) was the grandson of Hans and Elizabeth Schad, a Hessian soldier and free Black woman who settled in Delaware in the 1770s. Abraham was a shoemaker and a well-known abolitionist in Wilmington who aided freedom . . . Map (db m191564) HM
9Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — African American Medal of Honor Recipients Memorial
[Panel 1:]African American Medal of Honor Recipients Memorial The Medal of Honor takes its place in our country as the highest award for military valor. The honor, awarded by the President in the name of Congress, may only be accorded an . . . Map (db m173924) HM
10Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-169 — Alexis I. duPont Middle School
The oldest portion of this structure was erected in 1893 to replace two smaller schools that were no longer adequate to serve the needs of local students. This building was constructed largely through the efforts of the duPont family, long-time . . . Map (db m145425) HM
11Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Allegheny PachysandraPachysandra procumbens
The roots of Pachysandra have been used in herbal teas; in the Cherokee culture; as an additive for inflammation and digestive issues.Map (db m191262) HM
12Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Ameraucana
• Developed in the 1970s to retain the gene that produces blue eggs. 🏠 Origin: United States. 💡 Known for light-blue eggs.Map (db m191240) HM
13Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Andean CondorVultur gryphus
Bald and Beautiful Ever wonder why vultures have bald heads? This is a feeding adaptation revolving around their diet of carrion — dead and decaying carcasses. Having a feather-free head allows them to put their whole head into rotting . . . Map (db m191217) HM
14Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Angora
• Breed dates back to at least 3,500 years ago. • Produces up to 5 pounds of wool per shearing. 🏠 Origin: Turkey 💡 Known for wool used for mohair fabrics.Map (db m191245) HM
15Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-80 — AnthonyDelaware's First Known Black Settler
A black man named Anthony was among the first permanent settlers of New Sweden. He came to the colony from the West Indies in 1639 aboard the Swedish ship Vogel Grip. Records indicate that Black Anthony became a free man named Antoni Swart, an . . . Map (db m127648) HM
16Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-80 — Anthony(Delaware's First Known Black Settler)
A black man named Anthony was among the first permanent settlers of New Sweden. He came to the colony from the West Indies in 1639 aboard the Swedish ship Vogel Grip. Records indicate that Black Anthony became a free man named Antoni Swart, an . . . Map (db m191255) HM
17Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Arrowwood ViburnumViburnum dentatum
• The fruits can be used to make an herbal tea that was used to calm nerves in the 1800's. • The branches and twigs have been used as a preventive conception technique as well as the poultice was ground and applied to swollen legs of . . . Map (db m191265) HM
18Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-A10 — Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church
Organized about the year 1769. Early meetings held in academy woods, Gilpin’s Wharf and Thelwell’s School. Church Built in 1789. Dedicated to Bishop Francis Asbury. Here is buried Allen McLane, Lieutenant in Caesar Rodney’s Regiment 1779; . . . Map (db m92275) HM
19Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Barred Rock
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20Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Bath House
Built in 1929, Winterthur's twin bath houses provided space for family members and weekend guests to change before and after swimming. Behind the circular grillwork in the stone wall that connects the two houses lies a stereo system. It broadcast . . . Map (db m184885) HM
21Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Bayard PlotOld Swedes Churchyard Walking Tour
More than twenty Bayards are interred in this underground vault. They include four U.S. Senators: (1) James A. Bayard the Elder (1717-1815), a member of Congress, U.S. Senator, and a member of the Commission for the Treaty of Ghent in 1814; (2) . . . Map (db m174898) HM
22Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-102 — Bethel A.M.E. Church
On May 10, 1846, a group of African-American residents of Wilmington who had affiliated themselves with the African Methodist Episcopal Church held a meeting for the purposes of electing trustees and organizing as a corporate body. At the time, . . . Map (db m168200) HM
23Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Bill McGowan — 1992 ~ Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee —
William Aloysius McGowan Born: January 18, 1896 in Wilmington, DE Died: December 9, 1954 in Silver Spring, MD Elected to Hall of Fame by Committee on Baseball Veterans: 1992 He introduced a colorful umpiring style with vigorous, . . . Map (db m128080)
24Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Bird's Eye ViewRiverfront Wilmington
"Wilmington…a first-class city in every respect." Richard Edwards, Editor & Publisher Industries of Delaware, Historical and Descriptive Review, 1880
This view of Wilmington, . . . Map (db m195008) HM
25Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — 22 — Bishop Alfred Lee — Old Swedes Churchyard Walking Tour —
He served as pastor of Calvary Church, Rockdale PA from 1838 until 1841, at which time he was consecrated as first bishop of the Diocese of Delaware. Prior to Lee's consecration, affairs of the Episcopate had been administered by Assistant . . . Map (db m174913) HM
26Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Black and White Ruffed LemurVarecia variegata
Ruffed lemurs plant trees! Undigested fruit seeds fall to the ground in their feces, which is good fertilizer. The future of forests depends on them. World's Largest Pollinator! Pollen gets stuck to the "ruffs" on fur around this . . . Map (db m191236) HM
27Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — BobcatLynx rufus
Demand for fur coats pushed many wild cats to the brink of extinction. Thanks to protective legislation, species like bobcats are rebounding. Brandywine Zoo animal keepers train this bobcat and other zoo animals to voluntarily get in . . . Map (db m191218) HM
28Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-101 — Brandywine Village
Around 1740 water-powered mills began to appear in this area where the Brandywine River ends its journey falling 124 feet in its final five miles. Small vessels carrying grain from nearby farms sailed directly to the mills. Other ships laden with . . . Map (db m129264) HM
29Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NCC-246 — Brandywine Village and the Road to Yorktown
On September 4-7, 1781, residents of Brandywine Village watched as thousands of American and French troops marched through their community along the King’s Highway on their way to Yorktown, Virginia. The combined forces, under the commands of . . . Map (db m140593) HM WM
30Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — 4 — Brinckle Family — Old Swedes Churchyard Walking Tour —
The Brinckles are an old Delaware family. The Rev. Samuel G. Brinckle was the first Rector of Christ Church, Christiana Hundred, "preaching almost until the time of his death in 1863," Gertrude Brinckle was the longtime librarian at the . . . Map (db m174890) HM
31Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-138 — Brown v. Board of Education
Delaware remained a racially segregated society until the mid-twentieth century. Though the segregation of public schools was supported by the “separate but equal” doctrine that had been upheld by the nation’s highest court, the facilities and . . . Map (db m165893) HM
32Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — 3 — Burr Family Vault — Old Swedes Churchyard Walking Tour —
Horace Burr was a physician, an author and served in the Delaware Legislature. At Old Swedes he was Senior Warden and Vestryman. His 1899 translation of the early Swedish church records is still used today and is a valuable genealogical research . . . Map (db m174866) HM
33Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Burrowing OwlAthene cunicalaria
This owl lives in underground colonies called "prairie-god towns" made by burrowing mammals. They share tunnels with prairie dogs, armadillos, foxes, skunks, and more. Do you see the tunnels our keepers made in this exhibit? Cowboys . . . Map (db m191238) HM
34Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NCC-238 — Burton V. Wilmington Parking Authority
In August 1958, Wilmington City Councilman and Civil Rights activist William “Dutch” Burton worked with the NAACP to expose the racially discriminatory practices of the Eagle Coffee Shoppe. The restaurant was located on this site in a . . . Map (db m140547) HM
35Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Caesar Rodney Monument
This statue was dedicated in 1923 to commemorate Caesar Rodney's ride to Philadelphia, July 1-2, 1776. Despite ill health, Rodney rode through thunder and rain to cast the deciding vote in the Delaware delegation for independence.Map (db m127806) HM
36Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Charles Springer1658 - 1738
Buried here under the south porch of Old Swedes ChurchMap (db m174437) HM
37Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — 10 — Charles Springer — Old Swedes Churchyard Walking Tour —
He was born in Sweden in 1658 and educated in London. On his way home from his duties in the Swedish Legation one evening in 1678, he was kidnapped and shipped to Virginia to serve five years as an indentured servant. Springer learned of the . . . Map (db m174895) HM
38Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-120 — Chester-Bethel United Methodist Church
The roots of this congregation can be traced to the efforts of Methodist pioneer Thomas Webb, who visited this area to spread the message of his faith in the years prior to the American Revolution. Influenced by his sincerity and eloquence, a local . . . Map (db m128089) HM
39Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Chester-Bethel United Methodist Church Veterans Memorial
In memory of those who served in the Armed ForcesMap (db m39342) WM
40Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Christiern and Maria Brynberg
Born Halland, Sweden, Christiern first appears Old Swedes Church records in 1714. The daughter of Elizabeth Justis and Matthias Peterson, Maria descends from Måns and Brita Andersson who arrived on Kalmar Nyckel in 1640. Christiern and Maria . . . Map (db m174896) HM
41Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Christopher Columbus1451 - 1506 — Italian Explorer, Navigator, and Colonizer —
side one Born circa 1451, in Genoa, Italy, at the start of the Renaissance, Christopher Columbus proposed to reach the rich trading lands of Asia by sailing west across unchartered seas. This revolutionary idea was finally accepted by Queen . . . Map (db m69347)
42Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-146 — Clifford BrownLegendary Jazz Musician
Born on October 30, 1930 in Wilmington, Delaware, Clifford Brown was one of the most influential jazz musicians of the mid-20th century. He began to play the trumpet as a teenager while attending Howard High School. By 1948 he was playing in . . . Map (db m130221) HM
43Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Conservatory
Between 1902 and 1929, a tile-roofed porte cochere, (or covered entry) protected Winterthur guests and residents from foul weather as they alighted from their horses and carriages. In 1929 Henry Francis du Pont relocated the entrance to the . . . Map (db m184880) HM
44Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Conservatory
To replicate the conservatory of his beloved English house, Wyncote, Joseph Shipley imported nearly identical cast-iron supports and glass from England. A hot-water heating system that ran under the floor helped keep the displayed plants healthy . . . Map (db m191263) HM
45Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-121 — Cool Spring Park
With the completion of Cool Spring Reservoir in 1877, an adjoining parcel of unused land was reserved for park purposes. Formally designated as Cool Spring Park, the grounds were managed by the Wilmington Water Department until 1967, when the City . . . Map (db m10917) HM
46Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Daniel S. Frawley StadiumDaniel S. Frawley, 1943 - 1994 — Mayor, City of Wilmington 1985-1993 —
This stadium is dedicated to the memory of Daniel S. Frawley in recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of the people of Wilmington to make this city a better place to live, work, & raise a family, and for his leadership, foresight and . . . Map (db m191267) HM
47Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Delaware Blue Hen
• Became the Delaware state bird in 1939. • Accompanied Delaware soldiers in the Revolutionary War. 🏠 Origin: United States. 💡Known for steel-blue feathers and lightly tinted white eggs.Map (db m191243) HM
48Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NCC-242 — Delaware Chemical Engineering Company
Francis Irenee du Pont (1873-1942) began developing this site as an experimental laboratory for his newly-created Delaware Chemical Engineering Company in 1915. Du Pont used the lab to continue his research with smokeless gunpowder and other . . . Map (db m140577) HM
49Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-207 — Delaware Children's Theatre
Plans for this colonial revival-style structure were drawn by Philadelphia architect Minerva Parker Nichols, one of the first female architects in the United States. Construction of the building, which features eclectic components as well as the . . . Map (db m128081) HM
50Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Delaware Military AcademyUnion Field Cannon — Used by Delaware Troops at Gettysburg 1863 —
Dedicated to All Delaware Veterans Delaware Military Academy By CMCPO Joshua Loper, First DMA Eagle Scout Military Science Course Project Unique 1861 Iron Cannon Last Survivor from Lobdell Foundry Union Field Cannon Used by . . . Map (db m66921) HM WM
51Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Delaware Stadium Corporation
Delaware Stadium Corporation was established June 18, 1992 to develop, own, and operate a multi-purpose sports facility for the State of Delaware. Upon the dedication of this plaque, the DSC wishes to gratefully acknowledge . . . Map (db m191272) HM
52Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-141 — Delaware's Jewish Community
This building, once known as the Morrow Building, symbolizes the founding of an organized Jewish community in Delaware. Jews have been present in Delaware since the 1650's. Until the late 19th Century, the Jewish community was too small to maintain . . . Map (db m166679) HM
53Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Domestication Origins
Goats were domesticated more than 10,000 years ago in the Middle East and Western Asia. Known for their easily digestible milk, there are more than 900 million goats spanning 200 breeds in the world. Chickens . . . Map (db m191244) HM
54Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — 19 — Dr. Joseph Capelle — Old Swedes Churchyard Walking Tour —
Dr. Joseph Capelle was a surgeon in the French army serving under General Rochambeau's command. After serving throughout the Revolutionary War, he decided to make his home here in America. He became a respected practitioner, a founding member of . . . Map (db m174904) HM
55Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — duPont Carillon Tower
This musical tower was erected by Alfred I. duPont as a token of love and affection to the memory of his parents Eleuthere Irenee duPont and Charlotte Shephard Henderson Also to lovers of music, he believing that great . . . Map (db m184910) HM
56Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Eagle Roll Mills
This pair of roll mills, built in 1839, produced the finest Eagle brand sporting powder. In 1886, an iron water turbine replaced the original wooden water wheel that powered the mills. In this step the ingredients sulphur, saltpeter, and charcoal . . . Map (db m193725) HM
57Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — East Terrace
When Henry Francis du Pont expanded the house in the late 1920s, he resolved to preserve as many of the site's fine old tulip-poplar and American beeches as possible. Working with Marion Coffin, a landscape architect and close friend, he created a . . . Map (db m184886) HM
58Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — 17 — East Wall Letters — Old Swedes Churchyard Walking Tour —
As noted at marker #8 "Iron Letters on the Church," wrought iron letters were hammered into the mortar on this east wall, above the altar window. Originally the lettering was "LUX-L.I. TENEBR ORIENS-EX ALTO." (Light from on high . . . Map (db m174906) HM
59Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-85 — Ebright Azimuth
The highest bench mark monument in Delaware is located on Ebright Road. This horizontal control mark denotes an elevation of 447.85 feet above sea level. The Delaware Geological Society through its relationship with the National Geodetic Survey has . . . Map (db m128088) HM
60Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Edward's Playhouse
This ruin is the surviving part of a farmhouse that stood on the Levi Weldin property at the time that Joseph Shipley purchased the land. In the 1890s the Bringhurst family altered the structure, turning it into a playhouse for their youngest child, . . . Map (db m191248) HM
61Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — 21 — Elizabeth Montgomery — Old Swedes Churchyard Walking Tour —
Miss Montgomery was the daughter of Capt. Hugh Montgomery, of Revolutionary War fame. She was prominent in Wilmington society in the first half of the 19th century. A successful teacher, she was also a founding member of the Female Bible Society. . . . Map (db m174908) HM
62Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-143 — Ezion-Mount Carmel United Methodist Church
In 1805 a group of African-Americans, desiring greater freedom of worship, withdrew from Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church to form a separate congregation. Led by Peter Spencer and William Anderson, they established what was then known as the . . . Map (db m14757) HM
63Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Fairfax, Delaware
Fairfax Delaware, conceived & built by Alfred J. Vilone. One man's vision becomes security & happiness for thousands. Dedicated in appreciation & esteem by members of his organization, December 18, 1951.Map (db m192438) HM
64Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-190 — First Flight of the Delaplane
Near this site, on October 21, 1910, the first heavier than air aircraft built in Delaware made its first flight. The aircraft, known as the Delaplane, was built by Robie Seidelinger and piloted by Eddie Bloomfield. The construction was funded by . . . Map (db m92283) HM
65Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-77 — First Presbyterian Church
This church originally stood at the corner of 10th and Market Streets and was the first Presbyterian church in the city. It was constructed in 1740, just after Wilmington received its charter from King George II. Following the Battle of the . . . Map (db m13557) HM
66Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Five Points Civil Association Fire Squad Bell
This bell was donated to the Five Points Civic Association Fire Squad by the Weccacoe Fire Company, 2nd & Jackson Streets, Wilmington, Delaware and used to summon men to alarms in the early 1900's. It was reconditioned and placed here as a . . . Map (db m130506) HM
67Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Fort Christina
Fort Christina-This park commemorates New Sweden, the colony founded when Peter Minuit’s expedition landed from the Swedish ships Kalmar Nyckel and Fogel Grip on the natural wharf of rocks at the riverside about March 29, 1638. Fort Christina, built . . . Map (db m140502) HM
68Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Fort Christina Monument
Fort Christina Monument was dedicated here June 27, 1938 celebrating the tercentenary of the landing. Participants included the Swedish Royal Commission led by their royal highnesses, the Crown Prince, the Crown Princess, and Prince Bertil, the . . . Map (db m174441) HM
69Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Fort Christina National Historic Landmark
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70Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NCC-236 — Forty Acres
Forty Acres was established in 1864 as an early streetcar suburb of Wilmington. The area was once part of a larger land tract called Hope Farm. Joshua Heald purchased forty acres of the farm and developed the neighborhood and the first horse-drawn . . . Map (db m140542) HM
71Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-113 — Frank E. Schoonover Studios
The Frank E. Schoonover Studios were constructed in 1905 by Wilmington philanthropist Samuel Bancroft, Jr. Plans were provided by architect E.L. Rice, incorporating a Queen Anne design with four contiguous units. The original occupants were Frank E. . . . Map (db m173772) HM
72Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-175 — Frank Furness Railroad District
The B&O Water Street Station (1888), the Pennsylvania Railroad Office Building (1905), and the Wilmington Train Station (1907), comprise a unique campus of railroad architecture by renowned Philadelphia architect Frank Furness (1839-1912). . . . Map (db m129553) HM
73Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-128 — Freedom Lost
By the late 1700s the institution of slavery was declining in Delaware. A changing economy and the active efforts of Quakers and Methodists had led to the manumission of many slaves and dramatic growth of the state’s free black population. Though . . . Map (db m168333) HM
74Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Fruit Cellar
This structure, dating from the 1850s, provided storage for fruits and vegetables grown on the property. The cool, even temperatures of this underground vault kept fruits and vegetables fresh for an extended period of time, allowing Joseph Shipley . . . Map (db m191266) HM
75Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Gardener's Cottage
Built in 1855, this house is called the Gardener's Cottage, because Joseph Shipley's English gardener Robert Salisbury was its first tenant. Shipley brought Salisbury to Rockwood to help him develop the gardens. Baltimore architects Thomas and James . . . Map (db m191251) HM
76Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Gardens and Landscape
Joseph Shipley chose this property because the natural rock formations provided the perfect setting for a picturesque landscape. On this land, which he named "Rockwood," Shipley recreated an English country estate and its gardens based on the . . . Map (db m191253) HM
77Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — 15 — Garesche, Bauduy, Deschappelle Families — Old Swedes Churchyard Walking Tour —
These French families fled a slave insurrection in Santo Domingo in 1791 and relocated to Wilmington. Peter Bauduy helped convince his friend Éleuthère Irénée duPont to settle here, and was an early partner of duPont's. Some members of these . . . Map (db m174910) HM
78Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — General Casimir Pulaski1747 – 1779 — Pulaski Park —
Exiled from his native Poland for his part in its struggle for liberty. He came to this country formed the Pulaski Legion and gave his life in the war of American IndependenceMap (db m196561)
79Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — George Read Memorial
In memory of George Read signer of the Constitution of the United States by the Delaware State Society, NSDAR, in this year Bicentennial year 1987. (Inscription on tomb stone) George Read born A.D. September 1732 Died 21st September 1798-Member . . . Map (db m107935) HM
80Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-100 — GibraltarPlaced on the National Register of Historic Places ~ 1998
In 1844, John Rodney Brinkle, grandnephew of Delaware patriot Caesar Rodney, built the Italianate core of this Brandywine granite home, named for the high, prominent rocky outcropping upon which it sits. In 1909, Hugh Rodney Sharp (1880-1968) and . . . Map (db m145461) HM
81Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Golden Lion Tamarin / The Amazon River and Rainforest / White-faced Saki
Golden Lion Tamarin Leontophithecus rosalia Golden lion tamarins were once critically endangered, with few as 200 in the wild. With intensive conservation efforts of AZA zoos and field partners, there are now . . . Map (db m191648) HM
82Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — 9 — Graffiti Doors — Old Swedes Churchyard Walking Tour —
Preparations to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the consecration of Old Swedes in 1998 produced some unexpected results. Painters removed dozens of coats of paint from the south doors in preparation for painting. They found carved . . . Map (db m174892) HM
83Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-156 — Grand Lodge of Delaware A.F.&A.M.
Organized Freemasonry in Delaware can be traced to the mid-18th century. For many years Lodges were chartered by other states. On June 6, 1806, representatives of Masonic Lodges located in Wilmington, New Castle, Newark, and Laurel, met at this . . . Map (db m92276) HM
84Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-84 — Gravesite of Bishop Peter Spencer (1779-1843) and His Devoted Wife, Annes
Born a slave, Bishop Spencer was the father of Delaware’s independent Black church movement. In 1813, he founded the Union Church of Africans, presently known as the African Union Methodist Protestant Church. The mother AUMP church . . . Map (db m144198) HM
85Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Grubb Family Burying Ground
In 1677, John Grubb (1652-1708) came from Stoke Climsland, Cornwall and settled on the Delaware River at "Grubb's Landing." He was one of the first Englishmen in Delaware. John and his wife Frances raised nine children: Emanuel Grubb . . . Map (db m144195) HM
86Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-6 — Gunning Bedford, Jr.
1747-1812. Member of Continental Congress and of Annapolis Convention. A framer of United States Constitution, which Delaware was first to ratify. Appointed First District Judge of Delaware by President Washington. Purchased this property 1793 as . . . Map (db m14706) HM
87Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — H. Fletcher Brown: The Man and the Vocational School
In 1938 the Wilmington Board of Education proudly dedicated a new vocational high school on the northwest corner of Market and 14th Streets. State and city dignitaries attended the ceremony that officially opened a school that for the next three . . . Map (db m131160) HM
88Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Ha-Ha
A ha-ha is a sunken wall often used on English estates instead of a fence because it allows for uninterrupted views of the meadows while keeping out livestock. Such views at Rockwood are best appreciated on the veranda, from where the lawns appear . . . Map (db m191264) HM
89Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Harriet Tubman(born Araminta Harriet Ross; 1820 - March 10, 1913)
"I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other." Born on Maryland's eastern shore, Harriet Tubman's family of eleven suffered the . . . Map (db m130473) HM
90Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — 2 — Hendrickson House — Old Swedes Churchyard Walking Tour —
Originally it was one room with fireplace down stairs and a large bedroom above. The Hendricksons raised eight children in this house. It was enlarged later, and served as home to five generations of Hendricksons. After many years of . . . Map (db m174858) HM
91Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NCC-257 — Henry Clay Village
Henry Clay Village formed near the textile mills north of Wilmington in the early 1800s. As domestic textile production declined following the War of 1812, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company absorbed failing mills into its powder-making operations. . . . Map (db m184913) HM
92Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Hercules "Type A" Turbine Water Wheel
In March of 1890 the DuPont Company purchased this state-of-the-art water turbine from the Holyoke Machine Company in Massachusetts. At that time, this turbine represented cutting edge technology that increased the efficiency and output of the . . . Map (db m193728) HM
93Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Historic ShipyardsRiverfront Wilmington
"Iron Steam Shops, Steam Boats & Iron Sailing Vessels Completed in Every Particular" Harlan & Hollingsworth & Co., Wilmington, Delaware, 1878 To comply with federal law protecting historic sites, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, . . . Map (db m130502) HM
94Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — Historic ShipyardsRiverfront Wilmington
"This is the great art—the modern triumph of skill and labor. There go the ships." Harper's New Monthly Magazine, April 1878 The Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation purchased the Harlan & Hollingsworth shipyard in 1917. The . . . Map (db m130503) HM
95Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-A1 — Holy Trinity Church(Helica Irefaldighets Kyrka)
In 1638 a colony from Sweden landed at the Rocks nearby. There they built Fort Christina, worshiped therin until 1667 and then built a log church at Cranehook on South side of Christiana River. In 1698, inspired by their pastor, Eric Bjork, they . . . Map (db m11014) HM
96Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — How a Steam Locomotive Works
A look inside [On the large picture of the locomotive, labels are here listed left to right; for labels within a column, list from top to bottom.] -Brakeman -- In the early days, brakemen used to ride on a front step of the . . . Map (db m168377) HM
97Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — How old is this tree?
A very slow-growing tree, this Cut-Leaf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Dissectum') is more than 50 years old. The owner of a local private estate donated the tree in 1970. Originally planted at Magnolia Bend, it was moved here in 1974 to . . . Map (db m184871) HM
98Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — NC-82 — Howard High SchoolFirst Secondary School for Blacks in Delaware
Founded in 1867 by the Association for the Moral Improvement and Education of Colored People and named for Civil War General Oliver Otis Howard, the original school was located at 12th and Orange Streets. Pierre S. DuPont was the major benefactor . . . Map (db m10914) HM
99Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — In Memory of John Hendrickson, Sr.
. . . Map (db m174438) HM
100Delaware (New Castle County), Wilmington — 8 — Iron Letters on the Church — Old Swedes Churchyard Walking Tour —
Notice the numerals on the bell tower's north side and the letters on the south side. The church was built with a hip roof at both ends. Before the consecration in 1699, Matthias de Foss, a blacksmith of the colony, forged iron letters and . . . Map (db m174846) HM

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