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 Posts & Pages Tagged With: "Historical Markers"

Israel United Methodist Church

SC-271: originally installed on 12/11/2018. In 1840, Israel United Methodist Church formed in the Belltown community west of Lewes. Israel established a cemetery in 1854 and formally incorporated in 1877. The congregation rebuilt the church in 1890 and again in 1916. Over time, the 1916 structure has been updated with the additions of a vestibule, […]

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Jack Lewis

SC-268: originally installed on 10/15/2018. John I. “Jack” Lewis (1912-2012) moved to Delaware in 1936 as an artist with the Civilian Conservation Corps tasked with documenting activities at CCC camps in the state. After serving in the Pacific with the U.S. Army during World War II, he returned to Delaware and lived in Bridgeville for […]

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Rabbit’s Ferry School 201-C

SC-266: originally installed on 12/11/2018. Rabbit’s Ferry School educated Native American and African American students of the Robinsonville area from 1920-1965. Built in 1919 through Pierre S. du Pont’s school rebuilding program, the school served students in grades 1-8 and later, grades 1-6. Rabbit’s Ferry was one of the last active one-room schools in the […]

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Children’s Fishing Pier

SC-265: originally installed on 4/26/2018. The Great March Storm of 1962 significantly damaged homes, businesses and roads along the Delaware coast. Following the storm, the Village Improvement Association (VIA) used the wood from nearby damaged buildings and the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk to construct the Children’s Fishing Pier as a memorial. The pier was completed in […]

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Louis L. Redding Comprehensive High School

NCC-240: originally installed on 4/16/2019. The Louis L. Redding Comprehensive High School opened in 1953 and served African American students in grades 1-12 in the Middletown area. It replaced the smaller Middletown School 120-C, a three-room wood structure on East Lake Street. The school was named in honor of Delaware’s first African American lawyer, Louis […]

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Forty Acres

NCC – 236: originally installed on 11/14/2018. Forty Acres was established in 1864 as an early streetcar suburb of Wilmington. The area was once part of a larger land tract called Hope Farm. Joshua Heald purchased forty acres of the farm and developed the neighborhood and the first horse-drawn trolley line out of the city […]

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Dover Downs

KC-129: originally installed on 4/24/2019. Dover Downs began as a dual-purpose racing facility that featured a five-eighths’ mile dirt horse racing track built within the larger one mile racetrack of Dover International Speedway. Gov. David P. Buckson, Lt. Gov. John W. Rollins, and Melvin L. Joseph began jointly developing the facility on the former Thomas […]

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Dover International Speedway

KC-128: originally installed on 4/25/2019. The Speedway hosted its first NASCAR event, the Mason-Dixon 300, on July 6, 1969. Richard Petty won that race by 6 laps. The highly-banked, one-mile oval track was created, financed, and built by Gov. David P. Buckson, Lt. Gov. John W. Rollins, and Melvin L. Joseph beginning in August 1967. […]

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East End Breakwater Light

SC-206. Located on the eastern end of the Delaware Breakwater, this brown conical structure was built in 1885. The tower is composed of four tiers of cast iron plates lined with two feet of brick. It is twenty-two feet in diameter at the base and is set upon a circular concrete foundation. When completed it […]

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Holly Industry

SC-165: originally installed in 2002. Since ancient times the holly tree has been a decorative symbol of the winter holiday season. The abundant growth of this colorful evergreen in Delaware resulted in the establishment of a major export industry during the first half of the 20th century. Considered the last cash crop of the growing […]

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