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Fells Mill Historic District

NCC-233: Constructed in 1749, the area is home to one of the earliest mill sites on the Red Clay Creek. A three-story flour mill once served as the center of activity on the site, and was the location of Oliver Evans’ first automated flour mill operation. In 1790 his mill was the third invention patented […]

Bullseye-Ferry Landing

SC-172: Before Dutch control of what is now Sussex County, Native American Iwatama Socuum held “Long Reach,” now Bullseye-Ferry Landing Preserve. After 1674, when the Dutch left, it was held by the Waples family and later, the Faucett family. In 1696, Peter Waples established a Ferry across the Indian River from this location for travelers […]

Newark Union Church and Cemetery

NCC-255: Newark Union Church was built in 1845 near the site of a 1704 poplar log Quaker meetinghouse and burial ground. The church was originally a one-room, two-story fieldstone structure built by Lewis Zebley and John Sharpley for $800. Renovations in 1906 transformed the building into a late Gothic Revival style church with stuccoed exterior […]

Harvey Barn

NCC-249: The Harvey Farm was purchased in 1922 to become the Village of Ardentown. In 1931, the barn, believed to have been built in the 1890s, was converted into the Robin Hood Theatre, a professional summer theater. Film and stage actors including Barbara Bel Geddes, Will Geer, Jack Klugman, Tony Perkins, and Barbara Rush appeared […]

Askekesky (Acksquessance)

SC-280: In 1711, the Colony of Maryland authorized Colonel William Whittington to survey a tract of 1000 acres near this location for a reservation for the Indian River Indians, who were remnant groups of the Assateague and Nanticoke Indians. The Indian River formed the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania at the time. Maryland deeded the […]

River Road

NCC-73: Portion of the early cart road laid out by Augustine Herrman, Lord of Bohemia Manor, to connect his Maryland estate with Appoquinimink Creek and the Town of New Castle. Known as “The Old Man’s Road”, this was one of the earliest links between the Delaware River and the Chesapeake Bay. Installed in 1949. Marker […]

Brandywine Village and The Road to Yorktown

NCC-246: On September 4-7, 1781, residents of Brandywine Village watched as thousands of American and French troops marched through their community along the King’s Highway on their way to Yorktown, Virginia. The combined forces, under the commands of Generals Washington and Rochambeau, nearly quadrupled the size of Wilmington while they camped on the outskirts of […]

Town of Clayton

KC-59: First known as Smyrna Station, the Town of Clayton began when the railroad came to this area in the mid-1850’s. In 1860, the name was changed to honor Delawarean John M. Clayton, a former United States Secretary of State and strong advocate of the railroad. Incorporated on April 15, 1887. Clayton became one of […]


KC-28: Town laid out by Joseph Oliver 1787. Village was located on tract then called “Saw-Mill Range.” Named Milford from fording place near mill-dam erected by Rev. Sydenham Thorne across Mispillion Creek, 1787. First incorporated 1807. Old town in Kent County, new town in Sussex County. Home of Governors Tharp, Causey, Burton, and Watson. Installed […]

Block House Pond

SC-288: Block House Pond, a natural spring-fed pond, has provided fresh water, ice, and recreation to the City of Lewes for several centuries. The pond was likely named for a nearby blockhouse built to protect Lewes in the 1670s, where town residents sought shelter during the Bombardment of Lewes in 1813. In the late-1800s and […]