The state of Delaware produces some 260 million roasting and broiling chickens along with 350 million chicken eggs each year, which are worth some 515 million dollars. This is over 71 percent of the state's entire agricultural production! The majority of the state's poultry farms are in Sussex County, and are run by Perdue Farms and Mountaire Farms (headquartered in Selbyville, DE).
All other livestock in Delaware combined only brings in about 30 million dollars. Furthermore, all crops in Delaware are worth just 180 million dollars each year.
Delaware State University is a historically back university with under 4,000 undergraduate students and about 350 graduate students. The school offers 64 undergraduate degrees and 21 graduate degrees.
Delaware State was established in 1891 as the State College for Colored Students. The school was renamed Delaware State College in 1947 then Delaware State University in 1993.
Oddly enough, the school is located at the north end of Dover near the NASCAR track. The campus covers 400 acres and has seen lots of new development lately. Today there are 30 campus buildings, plus satellite campuses in Wilmington and Georgetown. Their athletic teams compete at NCAA Division I-AA in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. In 2007 they won their division, competed in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, and were quickly trounced by their upstate rivals 44-7 in the first meeting ever between these schools.
According to legend, Fordham Brewery was started in 1703 when Queen Anne of England appointed Benjamin Fordham to start a brewery in the city of Annapolis in the New World.
Fordham Brewery was restarted in historic Annapolis in 1995 at Rams Head Tavern. In 2000 Fordham expanded to a second, larger brewery in Alexandria, VA. In 2003, Fordham moved all of its operations to a 15,000 annual barrel capacity plant in Dover, Delaware, just north of Dover Air Force Base, across the street from First State Billiards.
Name: Copperhead Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 4.7%
Original Gravity: 12.2 ° Plato
Fordham's flagship beer is our interpretation of the Düsseldorf style Altbier. Its deep copper hue is a result of the caramelized malted barley used. Copperhead is significantly hopped to provide its signature balanced flavor this ale is known for.
Name: Light Lager
Style: Lager (German Style)
Alcohol by Volume: 3.8%
Original Gravity: 10.0° Plato
This crisp light lager is low on calories but big on taste. The lighter grains selected for this brew allow for plenty of flavor with less residual sugar. It's the perfect beer for when you want "real" beer taste with fewer calories.
Name: Helles Lager
Alcohol by Volume: 5.1%
Original Gravity: 12.5° Plato
This Bavarian style lager is brewed with four different German grains to produce a deep golden color and intricate flavor profile. Three hop varieties are used to help craft the subtle bitterness. The result is a clean and refreshing lager we know you'll enjoy. Voted "Best Local Lager" by Baltimore Magazine. It is also available at area liquor stores in 12 ounce bottles. If you don't see it, ask for it!
Name: Tavern Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 5.5%
Original Gravity: 12.5° Plato
This American Style Pale Ale has an ample amount of malt flavor to compliment its strong hop profile. It's cold conditioned on fresh whole leaf Cascade hops, creating an enjoyable citrus-like aroma.
Dover weather is typical of Mid-Atlantic states: cold dry Winters; hot muggy Summers; wet Springs; pleasant and colorful Falls
Winters last about two full months (January and February) of cold, snowy weather and a lead-in month (December) of unsettled weather and a month (March) that is a mix of winter and spring. The city does a good job of snow removal when needed and the main roads are kept de-iced as much as possible.
(High-Low-Average for Dec 47°F 32°F 39°F, Jan 42°F 28°F 34°F, Feb 45°F 30°F 36°F, Mar 53°F 37°F 44°F)
Spring usually comes in about mid-March and quickly warms, allowing an early burst of flowers and tree buds.
(High-Low-Average for Mar 53°F 37°F 44°F, Apr 63°F 46°F 54°F, May 73°F 55°F 63°F)
Summer time is a bit too hot and muggy for my taste. Make sure you get a motel room with a good air-conditioner.
(High-Low-Average for Jun 81°F 64°F 72°F, Jul 85°F 69°F 76°F, Aug 83°F 68°F 75°F)
Fall eases in with gradually cooling nights and a lessening of humidity. The leaves change and a walk in the woods is great exercise for body and mind.
(High-Low-Average for Sep 76°F 60°F 68°F, Oct 66°F 50°F 57°F, Nov 56°F 40°F 47°F)
Kraft Foods in Dover makes Shake-n-Bake, Jell-O, Minute Rice, and various other products. Kraft employs about 650 minions and is located at 1250 W. North St.
Next to Kraft is the Proctor and Gamble wipes factory. P&G manufactures Pampers and Luvs Baby Wipes in Dover and employs about 340 people.
Playtex also has a few factories in Dover where baby bottles, tampons and bras are produced. Location: 50 North Dupont Highway. Playtex employs about 700 people in Dover.
Other major Dover employers are:
Dover Air Force Base -- approx 7,000 military and civilians
Dover Downs slots -- approx 1,100 workers
City of Dover -- around 300 employees including 85 policemen
Favorite thing: The standard Delaware license plate is a simple dark blue background with gold numbers. Across the state you will commonly see old-fashioned black plates with white numbers ranging from 1 to 86999. These plates have become collectors items and show a ridiculous amount of idiocy on the part of some of their owners.... sometimes these plates pass from generation to generation within a family which is cool. The lunacy begin when people sell their plates. This might be the biggest scam going in the state of Delaware. The lower the number, the higher the value of the plate. I have seen 3-digit plates for sale for several thousand dollars, and this site claims that some single-digit plates have sold for as much as $180,000 recently! What a bunch of morons!
If after a few days in town, you start to think there's not much to do in Dover, stop by the Visitors' Center -- then you will know without a doubt there isn't much to do here (with the exception of the agriculture museum!).
Kidding ... the visitors center, located in the historic area of downtown has maps, museum guides, a small Korean War museum, and a gift shop. It's worth a visit if you want to see the sights!
Visit Dover has info on the city and Kent County about various attractions, events, restaurants and hotels, as well as race weekend tiops...
The official City of Dover website has more info for residents, but also a nice amount of info for visitors and tourists...
Downtown Dover focuses on Loockerman Street's small shops as well as Dover's attractions...
Dover Mall has a good website for shoppers...
Go check out the visitor center first, it located in a museum, so a few steps and you start your tour. Nice friendly people and located near every thing. So go to the Biggs Museum to see the Visitor Center.
Fondest memory: Monday thr Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm,
saturady 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
Sunday 1:30 - 4:30pm
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901
Favorite thing: Check out the maps, they have buildings of interest for you to see. This map is located on Legislative avenue in historic downtown. These maps will help you get your barrings and where you need to head next.
The Hagley grounds also include the Georgian-style mansion Eleutherean Mills, the first duPont family home in
America. Built by DuPont Company founder E.I. duPont in 1803.
Hours of Operation
From January 1 through March 14, Hagley is open weekends from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, with a single guided tour weekdays at 1:30 pm.
From March 15 through December, hours are 9:30 am to 4:30 pm daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Hagley is located on Del. Route 141, just north of Wilmington, Del., in the village of Henry Clay. From Wilmington, take Del. Route 52 (Pennsylvania Ave.) north to Del. Route 100 North, to Route 141 North. From U.S. Route 202 (Concord Pike), take Route 141 South.
He also revolutionized the production of the product, using many small buildings for each step of the process. The idea was to separate the volatile ingredients until the end as a way of reducing inadvertent explosions and avoiding total destruction in case something went wrong.
His plant anticipated unwanted explosions, too. The buildings are constructed with three heavy stone walls, one flimsy wooden wall and slanted (shed) roofs facing the river. Inadvertent explosions would blow out the weak wall and direct the explosion outward towards the river rather than spread to the adjacent buildings. This idea reduced chain reaction explosions and served to saved a lot of lives.
Favorite thing: Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, born in France in 1771, moved to the United States in 1800 with his father. He had been involved with gunpowder manufacture in France prior to relocation, and discovered that American gunpowder was inferior to that produced in Europe. He drafted a proposal to establish a competitive gunpowder mill, sold the idea to European financial backers, and established what was to become a chemical empire in the new frontier.
Favorite thing: One of the commodities they required, and could not have settled this nation without, was gunpowder. Wild boars, bears and hostile neighbors were typically uncooperative when asked to postpone an attack until a new supply of gunpowder arrived by ship. The attackers generally expressed their answer by slicing the person’s head off. Such are the ways of frontier settlement. It’s a tough life settling new frontiers.
The Hagley Museum
One of my favorite stops in Delaware is the site of the nation’s BEST gunpowder mill, which is also where the great DuPont industries had their start back in the year 1800.
The United States was a wilderness back in the early days of its settlement. Many of you, I know, are thinking “Hey. It’s STILL a bloody wilderness!” And, you are probably right. That’s ok. We’re used to ourselves and have even learned to deal with it.
That issue however, is not why I’m wasting your time today. I opened with that remark to explain one of the most interesting side trips you can take when you are in what’s called the Mid Atlantic region of the USA.
Pennsylvania and Delaware were two of the first regions of the nation to be occupied by the European settlers in the early 1700’s. These people came to a land of forests, wild animals, indians and not much else. No factories, no prepared food, no housing. Whatever these people needed, they either shipped over from Europe if they were wealthy and lucky enough to get it, or they made it.