Delaware Brief History Facts
Delaware was a Swedish Colony in the early 1600's. Then after a brief war with the Dutch, it became part of New Amsterdam. Later, when William Penn received his charter for Pennsylvania, it became part of the English colony of Pennsylvania.
Delaware's state motto
Delaware State Motto is the first state. Caesar Rodney rode from Wilmington to Philadelphia to be the first to sign the constitution of the USA. His statue is in downtown Wilmington.
Delaware is the second smallest state in the union. The state is a total of 95 miles North to south and has about 2057 square miles. It is located in the northwestern part of the peninsula formed by the Chesapeake Bay and the estuary of the Delaware River. It is bounded by Pennsylvania, the Delaware River, The Delaware Bay, New Jersey, Maryland and the Atlantic Ocean.
The climate is hot in the summer and mild winters.
Delaware has 3 counties, New Castle, Kent and Sussex. Wilmington is the largest city and is called the tri-city because the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey are very close. Dover is the state capital. You can drive through the whole state in 2 hours or less.
Delaware Indians were the Lenape tribe.
State Parks - Fort Delaware on the Pea Patch Island in the Delaware Island was used as a POW camp for Confederate soldiers during the civil war. Fort Christina is the site of the first permanent settlement located near Wilmington. Other state parks: Brandywine Springs, Trapp Pond and Indian River Inlet Park.
The Brandywine River Museum collects and preserves American art with primary emphasis on the art history of the Brandywine Valley, on American landscape and still life painting, and on illustration. NC Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth Art Collection. Brandywine Conservancy's Wildflower and Native Plant Gardens
Brandywine Battlefield is a historic preservation of the battle fought on these grounds during the American Revolutionary war. There are tours of both Washington's Headquarters and Lafayette's. The tour is quite interesting, the tour guides are well informed on the time period. The tour tells the lifestyle of the colonial period. A must see.
Delaware Park - horse racing
Dover International Speedway
Dover Delaware - Nascar racing
Dover Downs - horse racing and slots
Delaware Art Museum
The Delaware Art Museum's largest non-American collection came to the Museum in 1935 from the estate of Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft is 19th century Pre-Raphaelite art. Exhibits are online.
Natural History Museum
4840 Kennett Pike P.O. Box 3937 Wilmington, DE 19807-0937
Delaware State website - Museums, information on the Belmont Hall Restoration Project located in Smyrna Delaware, information on the Delaware underground railroad during the civil war, and more.
Located along the Brandywine River on the site of the first DuPont powder works, Hagley provides a unique glimpse into American life at home and at work in the nineteenth century. Located along the Brandywine River on the site of the first du Pont powder works, Hagley provides a unique glimpse into American life at home and at work in the nineteenth century.
Winterthur, an American country estate, is the former mansion of Henry Francis du Pont ($1880-1969), an avid antiques collector and horticulturist.
DMV - Delaware department of motor vehicles
Old Swedes Church Wilmington Delaware built early 1698
Nemours gardens, estate of Alfred I. DuPont
Nemours reception hall, estate of Alfred I. DuPont in Wilmington
Nemours dining room, estate of Alfred I. DuPont
Bradford House by Andrew Wyeth
Andrew Wyeth artwork is featured in the Brandywine River Museum