Connecting Delmarva

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This 19th century map of the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad System shows how the railroad connected all points on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Connecting Delmarva

John M. Clayton was determined to put an end to the isolation of the Delmarva Peninsula with a railroad system. In 1849, Samuel M. Harrington decided to make that vision a reality. He wanted the railroad to be a major trunk line connecting the port of Norfolk with Wilmington. Eventually, rails would connect the peninsula and end two centuries of isolation for Delaware. The communities along the tidewater were overshadowed by new communities springing up along the railroad. The second half of the 19th century saw railroads tying communities on the Peninsula to each other and the nation.

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