How Much Do You Know About Delaware? (Part II)
In our never-ending quest to educate our readers about the state of Delaware and Rehoboth Beach real estate and Lewes Beach real estate, we are happy to provide with more facts courtesy of the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Delaware Economic Development Office.
- Rehoboth Beach is the state's largest coastal resort town. Methodists who purchase the land for a summer camp and meeting place originally constructed it.
- The 87-foot Fenwick Island Lighthouse was painted in 1880 for a total cost of about $5.00.
- Twelve concrete observation towers along the coast were constructed during World War II to protect the state's coastal towns from German U-boat attacks.
- Fisher's popcorn is a famous coastal caramel corn. It has been ordered from as far away as Vietnam and Indonesia.
- The American holly is the official state tree. The tree can reach a maximum of 60 feet in height and a trunk diameter of 20 inches.
- The peach blossom is Delaware's official state flower and has prompted Delaware's nickname as the peach state.
- New Sweden was founded as a colony in 1638 and is recognized as the first permanent colony on Delaware soil.
- Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, six miles northwest of Wilmington features one of the world's finest naturalistic gardens.
- Hagley Museum was originally the du Pont black powder manufactory, estate, and gardens.
- The state's Coastal Heritage Greenway consists of a corridor of open space running along 90 miles of coast and spanning the area between Fox Point State Park and the state line at Fenwick Island.
- Thousand Acre Marsh is the largest freshwater tidal wetland in northern Delaware. The Chesapeake and Delaware Canals border the marsh.
- In 1812 Port Penn was considered the best port in Delaware.
- Augustine Beach was named for Augustine Hermann. He was a Bohemian adventurer who mapped the Delmarva Peninsula and surrounding areas in the mid-1600s.
- Odessa possesses one of the finest collections of late 18th- and early 19th-century architecture in the middle Atlantic region. The center of town is on the National Register of Historic Places and the entire town has been zoned as historic.
- Barratt's Chapel is known as the Cradle of Methodism. It was built in 1780 and is the oldest surviving church built by and for Methodists in the United States.
- The 80-food Great Dune is the state's highest. It is located at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.
- The Maryland/Delaware boundary and the Mason-Dixon Line divide Delmar. A double crown stone marker was erected in 1768 as the southern end of the only North-South portion of the Mason-Dixon Line.
- Horseshoe crabs may be viewed in large numbers up and down the Delaware shore in May. The crabs endure extremes of temperature and salinity. They can also go for a year without eating and have remained basically the same since the days of the dinosaur.
- The Du Pont Laboratories first produced nylon at its plant in Seaford. This earned the town the distinction of being the Nylon Capital of the World.
- Colonial blue and buff are Delaware's official state colors.
- Delaware was named for Lord de la Warr. He was the first governor of Virginia.
Originally posted at Mann & Sons, Inc. REALTORS® - Rehoboth Beach Real Estate Blog