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RG #6150   In the early eighteenth century, a settlement was formed where the Smyrna River intersected the Kings Road; known as Salisbury, it was later renamed Duck Creek Village. Another settlement, called Duck Creek Landing, was formed on the river to the east of Duck Creek Village in more navigable waters. In 1768, Samuel […]

An Unsurpassed Soldiery: The Delaware Regiment During the American Revolution, 1776-1783

During the American Revolution, the Delaware Regiment established a record for military discipline, efficiency, and dependability on the battlefield. On Saturday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m. historian Charles (Chuck) Fithian will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives about this legendary military unit. The regiment’s characteristics and combat prowess in many ways reflected developments […]

St. Georges

RG# 5300   The Town of St. Georges was settled in the first half of the eighteenth century and would develop along both sides of St. Georges Creek. In the nineteenth century, a plan was implemented to connect the Delaware Bay to the Chesapeake Bay by constructing a canal which was opened in 1829. The […]


RG# 7190   Roxana is one of only two communities in Delaware for which the corporation has been discontinued, and it ceased to exist as a town.  Its location was in southern Sussex County near the intersection of Zion Church Road (Route 20) and Roxanna Road (Route 17). Originally called Centreville, it was renamed Roxana […]


RG# 5020   Ardentown was founded in 1922 and along with the Villages of Arden and Ardencroft form the only surviving, non-sectarian, utopian enclave in the United States. Located entirely on the north side of Harvey Road, Ardentown is east of and adjoins Arden and includes all the land between Harvey Road and the southern […]


RG# 5010   Ardencroft is one of the three villages that form the only surviving, non-sectarian, utopian enclaves in the United States. It is located just east of Arden, the first of these villages, founded in 1900, and is across Harvey Road from Ardentown, the second of these villages, founded in 1922. All of the […]

Rehoboth Beach

RG #7180   1873 – 1899 Rehoboth Beach was initially a religious seaside resort. In 1873, Reverend Robert Todd, a Methodist minister from Wilmington purchased over 400 acres along the Atlantic coast of Delaware just north of the Rehoboth Bay and incorporated a religious society called the “Rehoboth Beach Camp Meeting Association of the Methodist […]


RG #6070   The 1800s The 1868 Beers Atlas of Delaware shows a settlement called Arthursville in western Kent County where the road from Dover intersected the Maryland and Delaware Railroad line. The village was re-named Hartly for a Mr. Hart, a railroad employee, who was instrumental in bringing the railroad to the area. The […]

South Bethany

RG #7230   1950 – 1999 In 1952, a tract of 130 acres of marshland located just north of the barrier land separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Little Assawoman Bay was purchased by Richard Hall and his wife for development. They formed the South Bethany Corporation which drained and raised the marshland, established roads, […]


RG #7200   1800 – 1849 Around 1800, Seaford, located at the head of navigation of the Nanticoke River near its confluence with Herring Creek, began to develop as a village with lots being laid out south of West (now King) Street and east of Market Street. A commercial ferry was established across the Nanticoke […]