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Chester Bethel Methodist Church

“Chester-Bethel Methodist Church (M.E.) is located, on the Faulk Road, near Zebley’s Corner. As early as 1765 Captain Thomas Webb, a pensioned British officer, was preaching Methodism at Marcus Hook and in the Isaac Tussey home at the top of Penny Hill. Several residents of Brandywine Hundred, near Zebley’s Corner, became converted and they formed […]

The Private Papers of Clara Dashiell

Immanuel Baptist Church

“In 1865, a group of members withdrew from the Second Baptist Church for the purpose of organizing a new church. Their first get-together meeting was held on May 25, 1865. On May 29, letters were granted to them. The church was formally organized on Thurs., June 22, at the home of Anne Semple, 902 Market […]

Cookman Methodist Church

“Cookman M. E. Church was organized in 1888 and named for the Rev. Alfred Cookman. On July 4, 1888, the first floor of 1307 Scott St. was rented, the second floor being occupied by a fife and drum corps. The Rev. W. W. Taylor proceeded to prepare the room for services. The first meeting was […]

Department of State Photographs: Cities & Towns

The Cities and Towns category of the Delaware Public Archives General Photograph Collection consists of 333 photographs of various cities and towns in Delaware. Several of the photos are from the nineteenth century, but a majority were taken during the twentieth century. The following cities and towns are included: Arden, Bower’s Beach, Bridgeville, Cheswold, Clayton, […]


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 […]