Delaware Visitors Guide [y]
In 1787 Delaware sanctioned the U.S. constitution, making it America’s First State. Delaware is noted for offering a peaceful ambiance, friendly people and attractive small cities and towns. Dover is the state capital of Delaware. The sights here include a historic square, the Green, as well as the Old State House, the Air Mobility Command Museum and the historic Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village. The Delaware coastline offers visitors plenty of activities. In Lewes, visitors can take the Cape May – Lewes Ferry across to Cape May, New Jersey for great marine scenery. In Rehoboth Beach, relaxation and recreational opportunities abound. Bicycle, kayak and sailboat rentals are abundant along the boardwalk and around the town. Wilmington is the largest city and home of the Du Pont Corporation. The Winterthur Museum, Gardens, and Library is a must-see for all visitors.
Early in the 18th century, Dover grew rapidly and in 1777 was declared the capital of Delaware. At that time, a number of stately homes were built around The Green on State Street, many of which are still standing today in almost original condition. Within walking distance from this historic area are Delaware State museums, such as the Johnson Victrola Museum, which houses a large collection of phonographs. Art enthusiasts appreciate the Biggs Museum of American Art, where local and national artwork dating back 200 years is on display. Every Tuesday and Friday Spence’s Bazaar takes place. Visitors and locals alike attend this flea market, including many Amish who travel to the market in horse-drawn carriages to sell their produce. Two weekends each year, the Dover International Speedway hosts Nascar stock-car races that attract over 100,000 spectators.
Rehoboth Beach Visitors Guide
Originally established as a Methodist Episcopal Church retreat, Rehoboth Beach has since acquired the honorific of Nation’s Summer Capital. Every summer, thousands of pleasure-seekers make their way to Rehoboth Beach to enjoy the sand and surf with activities ranging from strolling along the boardwalk to taking in a free concert at the Bandstand. There are a number of boat charters available here, attributable to the popularity of sport fishing in the area. Away from the ocean, there is a convention center, many shopping opportunities and a host of accommodations for visitors to explore. After summer is over, the fun can still be found in Rehoboth Beach. The Sea Witch Halloween Festival and Fiddler’s Convention in late October and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival in November are just two of the annual events that draw visitors to Rehoboth during the offseason.
Wilmington, DE Visitors Guide
Wilmington, founded in the 1730s, was developed as a shopping and market center by the Quakers—followers of a religious movement established in England by people who were discontented with the existing denominations and sects of Christianity. As a result, Wilmington is now a city with deep-rooted historical importance. Visitors find stately homes, gardens and factories throughout the area. Of specific interest is the original du Pont family mansion at the Hagley Museum, where the family first lived after emigrating from France in 1800, and where their business in powder works was established. The museum also outlines the du Pont family’s contributions to the community, and the facility’s library examines business and technology in America with companies’ records collections ranging from 18th-century merchants to modern telecommunications businesses. The Brandywine Valley surrounds Wilmington and offers many attractions, including the Brandywine Zoo.