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    by traveldave Updated Jan 7, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Lewes is the earliest European settlement in Delaware, and boasts that it is the "First Town in the First State." (Delaware's nickname is the First State because it was the first of the original Thirteen Colonies to ratify the United States Constitution). Nowadays, Lewes is a pleasant seaside village located at the point where Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. The town is separated from the open ocean by Cape Henlopen, which is now protected as a state park. During the summer months, Lewes is a popular seaside resort among visitors mainly from the Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. areas, who are attracted by the area's fine sandy beaches. In addition to the beach, other popular activities include sportfishing and pleasure boating. Lewes also has a compact historical district with well-preserved buildings from its early days, and interesting museums which highlight the town's long history. Lewes's Main Street (pictured here) features many fine shops, restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts, and historical sites.

    The town that is now called Lewes was originally settled by the Dutch in 1631 as a whaling port and trading post. They called their settlement Zwaanendael, which means "Swan Valley." The new settlement was wiped out in 1632 during an attack by American Indians of the Lenni Lenape tribe. However, its strategic location meant that the town would be rebuilt. In about 1682, the town was renamed by William Penn. It is believed his ancestors came from Lewes, England and therefore named the town after its English counterpart.

    In April 1813, during the War of 1812, Lewes was bombarded by British naval vessels. One of the cannonballs lodged in the foundation of what is now called the Cannonball House, which houses Lewes's maritime museum.

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    by traveldave Updated Jun 15, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Delaware's capital and second-largest city after Wilmington, Dover was founded by William Penn in 1683 as a court town for the newly established Kent County. The town's site was chosen for its central location and for the relative security it afforded from British raiders who used the distant Delaware River to make forays into the interior of Delaware. In 1777, Dover became the state capital, which had previously been located in New Castle.

    Named after Dover, England, the town was centered around The Green (pictured here), a central square around which the important municipal buildings, inns, and taverns were built. The Green is the heart of historic Dover to this day, the center of the First State Heritage Park which contains such historical buildings as the Old State House, the Delaware Surpeme Court, the first home constructed in Dover, and the town's first tavern, among others.

    Nowadays, there are about 36,000 inhabitants in Dover's metropolitan area, making it one of the smallest state capitals in the United States.

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  • job market & housing

    by lotsabeans Written Jan 1, 2009

    Favorite thing: hi :) I am a native Delawarean & live in Newark . ( Go UD Blue Hens !! :) I'm not sure that now would be a good time to move to Delaware. Many of my friends and family are loosing their jobs due to the economy. The banking industry is unstable , Chrysler has closed and Avon will be closing it's Delaware plant in April or August. But , if you are looking to buy a home there are plenty available & sellers are bargaining so you will get a good deal. The job market will be very competitive in the coming months. But, if you have a degree you coud fair better than most. Delaware is a beautiful state with friendly people ,great beaches ,tax free shopping & all four seasons !! Hope this helps !!

    Fondest memory: My family has always loved the beaches . We spent alot of time there as children with our extended family. Wonderful memories :) We have family and friends that own vacation homes down there now & we visit for a few weeks evey summer. Also love the tax free shopping !!

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    New Castle

    by davecallahan Updated Dec 22, 2007

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    Favorite thing: My wife's relatives live in New Castle County.

    Over a half million people live in this county.

    The New Castle County Airport website is

    The county seal has nautical items to show the importance of the sea ports to the growth of the area.

    Fondest memory: The County Seat is located in Wilmington and was incorporated in 1673 and fully defined by 1681.

    The official website for the county is:

    New Castle County provides a crime record map at

    Important cities and towns in the county are:
    Arden, Ardencroft, Ardentown, Bear, Bellefonte, Christiana, Clayton, Delaware City, Elsmere, Glasgow, Middletown, New Castle, Newark, Newport, Odessa, Smyrna, Townsend, Wilmington, Winterthur

    Tourists will probably want to visit Winterthur, Wilmington, Newark, Christiana, New Castle

    county seal county map indicating districts within
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  • Driving Through Delaware

    by JoePA05 Written Dec 10, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Just a note,when driving through Delaware make sure you fill up on gas beforehand. I was heading to Rehoboth Beach from Wilmington but once I exited off of I-95 onto Route 1 South ,civilization pretty much died off and I couldn't find so much as a convenience store much less a gas station! I did take an exit heading towards Odessa that had a sign for services,but once I got off there still wasn't anything in sight and my fuel was running low as I drove through more farmland. I had to backtrack using someone's driveway as there wasn't even any small roads or shoulders to turn around on. I felt like at times I was driving through Kansas or somewhere out west.

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    Delaware is much nicer in the summer.

    by tpangelinan Updated Jun 10, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The question. If I had to list the top 10 things about Delaware it would go like this:
    1. The BEACH
    2. Tax free shopping
    3. Great restaurants
    4. The BEACH
    5. Few Tolls
    6. Close to MD, PA, NJ, DC,NY... (3 of which also guessed it, BEACHES!)
    7. History...light houses, architecture.
    8. The BEACH
    9. 495 & Rt. 1 (Get you out quicker)
    10.The BEACH

    Fondest memory: The beach and board walk. Small town nervona.

    Goo swimming
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    We have Museums!

    by tpangelinan Updated Mar 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Check out Hagley Museum. Put your walking shoes on, and take your camera. Hurry before they turn the whole museum grounds into another office complex we don't need.
    Once upon a time a French guy came her named Dupont. (Delaware starts with D because of Dupont).
    He built an empire that still exists today.
    the library has a web site if you are interested.

    Fondest memory: Photo courtesy of Michael Sullivan
    Picture taken March 9, 2003.

    Gun powder mill, Hagley
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    Come in the summer and go to the BEACH!!!

    by tpangelinan Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Indian River Inlet, a Delaware State Park. Covers bay and ocean. Under-toe not bad, no jelly fish (they are party poopers). No bugs! I like nature, (except for the buggy parts). Dad can fish, Mom can read and sun, kids swim in life guarded water. Nice sand. Snack bar is expensive, and NOT GOOD. Take a picnic lunch if possible. Showers, rest rooms, (very campy). You can pack a lunch in, just pack your trash out. Ummmmmm, Good Stuff.

    Fondest memory: The beach of course.
    Check out our Rehoboth Beach page too!

    Sand castles
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    Nemours Mansion and Gardens

    by seagoingJLW Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This estate and 102 room French chateau is one of the most elegant estates of the early 20th century. Open from May through November it offers 2 hour tours. Children under 12 are not permitted. Reservations are recommended.

    Fondest memory: The mansion and gardens are located at: 1600 Rockland Road, in Rockland. Phone:

    Nemours Mansion
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    Hagley Museum

    by seagoingJLW Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Hagley Museum, along the Brandywine River, offers restorations, exhibits, and live demonstrations. It is on the site of the first DuPont powder works. Millsteams at Hagley still channel water to operate machinery.

    You will see the first DuPont family home and garden, the Blacksmith Hill workers' community, the powder yards and a 19th century machine shop.

    Fondest memory: For information call 302-658-2400

    the Powder Yard
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    Rehoboth Beach Dining

    by hochbeam Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Rehoboth Beach, once known only for fries and salt water taffy, now has dining establishments to rival anything in Wilmington...or much of Philly. Don't forget to try the very fine local beer, Dogfish Head, available in several varieties.

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    If you drive from Rehoboth to...

    by kathycollins Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: If you drive from Rehoboth to Ocean City Maryland, you cross the Indian river Inlet bridge. There excllent fishing along the jetties, and the beaches are lovely.

    Fondest memory: My husband and sons fished the inlet while I headed for the beach...we've enjoyed this family ritual for YEARS! Now that the kids are grown, its just the two of us going back, but every year we spend some time here...we've managed some more elaborate vacations , but this is still a summer ritual.

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    Everyone will tell you that...

    by richiecdisc Written Sep 11, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Everyone will tell you that you have to go to the outlet malls and if shopping is your thing, then by all means knock yourself out. I hear that the shopping is excellent. But for my money, I say go to Dogfish Head.

    Fondest memory: Hitting the Dogfish Head Brewery on a lucky half-price burger night which also coincided with happy hour!

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  • Delaware is rich in history. ...

    by LadybugQ Written Sep 7, 2002

    Favorite thing: Delaware is rich in history. It was the first state to ratify the US Constituion, hence the name, 'The First State'. Visit any one of the museums located throughout the state.

    My favorite thing is going shopping at the Outlets at Lewes/Rehoboth Beach area.

    If you like to gamble we have slots at Delaware Park, Stanton, Dover Slots, and Midway Slots, Harrington.
    The first weekend in June and the third weekend in September, Dover hosts NASCAR races.

    Fondest memory: When we weren't living in Delaware I missed eating subs/hoagies(and I'm not talking about Subway sandwiches) and Tastykake products. Whenever our family would visit us they would bring subs and Tastykakes. That even included when we lived in Germany.

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    GO to the 'Punkin' Chunk' near...

    by HIckes Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: GO to the 'Punkin' Chunk' near Lewes the weekend after Hallowe'en, for some hilarious demonstrations of human ingenuity. Different categories of technology seek to throw regulation-sized/weight pumpkins for distance. It's like a county fair!

    Fondest memory: Same as above, plus visit the shore AFTER the tourist season's over!

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