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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 […]

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 […]

Gumboro Hundred

SC-57: Created 1873 by Act of General Assembly from the southern parts of Broad Creek and Dagsboro Hundreds. Installed in 1932. Reinstalled in 1968. Sponsors: Historic Markers Commission, 1932 Public Archives Commission, 1968 Marker Photo Gallery: Resources Related to Millsboro, DE: Location: 34216 Millsboro Highway, Millsboro, DE 19966 Links to more resources:

Abbott’s Mill

The origin of Abbott’s Mill can be traced to the fall of 1795 when local carpenter Nathan Willey entered into a contract to purchase land at this location. On April 23, 1802, Willey and several of his neighbors presented a petition to the Court of General Sessions stating that he had “at a large expense […]

Dickerson Chapel AME Church

SC-102: On May 2, 1868, the African Methodist Episcopal Church purchased land west of Millsboro from John M. Burton and the first church building was soon built. In 1885, the Church officially changed its name to Dickersons Chapel to honor Bishop William Fisher Dickerson. Known locally as the Old Field Church, the church building was […]

Zoar United Methodist Church

Zoar Methodist Church was founded in the late 18th century. Bishops Coke and Asbury are believed to have ministered to congregations in a log structure which served as the first church building. A cypress-shingle church was constructed after the land was purchased from Robert and Sukey Lacey in 1802. Within a few years, camp meetings […]


RG# 7160   Late 1700s – 1849 Around 1792 the headwaters of Indian River were dammed at a place called Rock Hole to establish a grist mill and a sawmill on the northeast side of the river. Originally called Rock Hole Mills, the name was changed in 1809 to Millsborough.1 Additional mills were soon established […]

Storm of 1962

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Am I Part American Indian?

Has anyone ever told you that you may have American Indian ancestry?  Have you ever wondered how you could find out?  One clue may be your last name.  Each tribe has particular surnames that are associated with them.  Names like Coker, Jackson, Durham, and Norwood to name just a few. There are two recognized American Indian […]