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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 […]

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Rehoboth Beach

RG #7180   1873 – 1899 Rehoboth Beach was initially a religious seaside resort. In 1873, Reverend Robert Paul, 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 […]

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Hartly

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 […]

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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, […]

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Seaford

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 […]

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Delmar

RG #7050   The 1800s In 1859, the Delaware Railroad extended its line to the southern boundary of Delaware and built a station on land donated to create a right-of-way for this purpose. Town lots were laid out near the station, and a house and store built. The town that formed was named by combining […]

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Wyoming

RG #6180   1850 – 1899 The Town of Wyoming is located about a mile west of the Town of Camden in an area of rich agricultural land. By the nineteenth century, a community had formed, known as West Camden. In the 1850s, when the Delaware Railroad was plotting the line of its track through […]

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Woodside

RG #6170   The 1800s In 1864, the Cowgill family was instrumental in convincing the Delaware Railroad to build a depot and station to serve the farms in the area south of Wyoming; it was named Willow Grove Station. The Cowgills also lobbied for a post office which initially took the name Fredonia. In 1869, […]

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Little Creek

RG #6120   The 1800s The Town of Little Creek, first called Little Landing, was established where the Little River (earlier called Little Creek) met the public road [currently Route 9]. A draw bridge was built spanning the river as early as 1802.1 The Town was at its height in the nineteenth century when a […]

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Farmington

RG #6035   The 1800s In 1855, Governor William Tharp, a Treasurer of the Delaware Railroad, was instrumental in having a railroad station built near his home to serve the southern Kent County farming community. A town formed here which was initially called Flat Iron, but within ten years, the name was changed to Farmington. […]

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