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Image of MarkerHenry 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. Workers from Ireland, France, Italy, and elsewhere joined Delawareans in seeking opportunities in the powder yards and settling in the community. Mill owners built semi-detached bank houses along the Brandywine for rental to workers. Henry Clay Village supported churches, stores, taverns, hotels, a post office, and a rail station. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

NCC-257: Installed in 2021.

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Near Breck’s Mill Wilmington 19807


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