OCEAN VIEW, DELAWARE: BIRTHPLACE OF THE COMMERCIAL BROILER INDUSTRY
In 1923, Cecile Long Steele started a flock of 500 chicks. At 16 weeks, they weighted 2 and ¼ pounds and sold for 62 cents a pound. By 1989, growers produce birds of twice the weight in half the time. Sussex County leads the nation in broiler production, now a multibillion dollar industry.
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LOCATION: Ocean View. Located in Ocean View Park, off Central Avenue.