Date Posted: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

This blog is part of a special behind the scenes series for Archives Month.

Woodland United Methodist Church, Woodland Delaware
Woodland United Methodist Church, Woodland Delaware

Kate Fair, markers coordinator

Delaware has over 570 historical markers located throughout the state. Historical markers are first proposed by members of the public, vetted for historical significance by the Delaware Public Archives, and financially sponsored by state senators and representatives. The Delaware Historical Marker program was established in 1931 by an Act of the Delaware State Legislature to “determine and select such points of historic interest throughout the State … and erect monuments … to be appropriate at such points.”

Delaware historical markers are plaques and signs placed throughout the state to commemorate and visually educate the public about the people, places, and events that are significant to Delaware’s state, local, and national history. Since the program’s inception, Delaware historical markers have undergone a variety of stylistic changes. To view these changes and learn more about historical markers, log on to and follow us on Instagram @dpamarkers. Be sure to share your Delaware historical marker photos with us!

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