Founded by Swedes at Fort Christina, the First Permanent settlement in Delaware River Valley. Called Altense by Dutch 1655. Known as Willingtown 1730-1739 and as a City 1832. Washington’s headquarters here in 1777. Became County seat of New Castle County in 1881.

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LOCATION: Wilmington. On Faulkland Road at State Route 48 intersection (near Silverbrook Cemetary).