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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Wilmington, Delaware
Wilmington is the county seat for New Castle County
Wilmington is in New Castle County
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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
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
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
(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
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
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
[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
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
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
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
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
• 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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
• 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Charlotte Shephard Henderson
Also to lovers of music,
he believing that great . . . — — Map (db m184910) HM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Golden Lion Tamarin
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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
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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