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 Posts & Pages Tagged With: "Historical Markers"

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church

SC-195: originally installed in 2004. This congregation was organized in 1809. Services were held in a structure that was first known as Elzey Moore’s Meeting House and later renamed Wesley Chapel. With the closing of Wesley in 1852 the congregation was divided. On January 8, 1853, members residing in this area obtained this site from […]

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Sailor’s Bethel Methodist Church

SC-191: originally installed in 2004. The roots of this congregation can be traced to 1809 when a house of worship was constructed to serve the needs of the many residents of this area who were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. First known as Elzey Moore’s Meeting House, the name of the church was formally […]

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Blackwater Presbyterian Church

SC-190: originally installed in 2004. In the 17th century, the colony of Maryland was founded as a refuge for Catholics and members of other religious faiths then subject to persecution. Many of the early settlers of this region, then a part of Maryland, were Presbyterians who had been denied their freedom of worship. For many […]

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Governor Joseph Maull

SC-188: originally installed in 2004. Born in Lewes on September 6, 1781, he was the son of John and Mary Marsh Maull. Choosing to become a physician, he studied medicine with Doctor Jacob Wolfe. By 1803 he had moved to Milton, where he served the medical needs of local residents for the remainder of his […]

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Harmony United Methodist Church

SC-187: originally installed in 2004. This congregation was organized in 1818 by members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. On March 20, 1819, trustees Purnal Johnson, Burton Johnson, William Hanzor, John Cornish, and Mitchell Johnson, purchased a one-half acre of land in Indian River Hundred on which to erect a Meeting House. Under the leadership of […]

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Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse

SC-186: originally installed in 2004. A temporary light was established on the south end of the recently completed National Harbor of Refuge Breakwater on January 1, 1902. It was replaced in 1908 by a three-story frame lighthouse. A series of storms damaged the structure, resulting in its removal and replacement in 1926. The present Harbor […]

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Ellendale’s Railroad Square

SC-184A: originally installed in 2004. Ellendale’s Railroad Square was a major rail junction and a beehive of economic activity in Sussex County. The first section of the Junction and Breakwater Railroad from Harrington to Milford was completed in 1859. In March 1860, the Company’s Survey Team, consisting of T.F. Tilghman as chief engineer, 1 surveyor, […]

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Milford’s Struggle for Educational Equality

SC-184: originally installed in 2004. On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Brown v. Board of Education, declaring racially segregated public schools unconstitutional. In August 1954, a petition was submitted to the Milford Board of Education requesting integration. A plan for gradual desegregation was adopted, and on September 8, […]

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Wading Place

SC-182: originally installed in 2004. Here was Laurel’s ancient “Wading Place”, a ford for Native Americans and colonial settlers. Broad Creek crosses this fall in its flow to the Nanticoke River and the Chesapeake Bay. For centuries, the Nanticoke Indians, an Algonquin people, lived in the Nanticoke Watershed, within which Broad Creek is an important […]

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Oak Grove Crownstone

SC-178: originally installed in 2003. Charged with marking the long-disputed boundaries of the colonies of Maryland and Pennsylvania (including the “Three Lower Counties” of Delaware), English astronomers Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon landed in America on November 15, 1763. The following June they traveled to a place on the Delmarva Peninsula which had been previously […]

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