VISIT DELAWARE CITY

& Fort DuPont

A HISTORIC WATERFRONT COMMUNITY

Welcome to a community blessed with a rich history and architectural heritage still evident in the homes and buildings along the wide tree-lined streets of Delaware City. Structures date back to the town’s earliest days in the 1820’s and help tell the story of its economic development. The Delaware City Historic District is one of the largest in the State of Delaware with more than 250 contributing structures.

HISTORY OF DELAWARE CITY

Delaware City traces its origins to 1801 when the Newbold family from New Jersey purchased a tract of land that became known as Newbold’s Landing. The Newbolds drew plans for the town in 1826, with the expectation that it would eventually grow to rival Philadelphia as a Delaware River port and commercial center. Its location at the eastern terminus of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in 1829 caused Delaware City to become both an operating base and a way station for a number of significant shipping-related activities.

A peach boom during the period 1840-1880 that made Delaware City famous for popularizing peaches nationwide was started by Major Philip Reybold and his sons, who had over 110,000 peach trees by 1845. Peaches shipped from the Major’s Wharf in Delaware City reached many ports from New York to Baltimore.

Fish caught by Delaware City fishermen were processed and shipped from the town. Herring, shad and sturgeon were the main catch, with the sturgeon roe shipped to Germany and Russia to be packaged and marketed as caviar. Hunting and muskrat trapping in the nearby marshes also provided a livelihood for the residents.

Other small industries included the blacksmith shop, a carriage shop, a grist mill, a sheet metal factory, a chicken incubator factory and a mincemeat factory. Some of these were located in the area of the railroad station of the Delaware and Pennsylvania Railroad, which opened a line into Delaware City in the early 1870’s. Twentieth-century industry arrived in the 1950’s and 1960’s with the construction of the nearby industrial complex.

A walk through Delaware City’s streets allows you to view some of the best examples of the important architectural styles beginning with the Federal style of the 1820’s and Delaware’s Italianate “Peach House” buildings of the 1850’s. The styles continue through the catalog mail order homes of the 1920’s. Each of these styles represents an important period in the town’s prosperity.

SHOP & DINE

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the town’s restaurants and shops and to stroll through the Historic District, which has over 200 structures featuring architectural styles spanning the 19th and early 20th centuries. For the recreation minded, the Delaware City area is popular with bird watchers, bicyclists, kayakers, canoeists, and hikers.

Canal Shop Antiques

128 Clinton Street
Delaware City, DE 19706

Crabby Dick’s

Crabby Dicks at the Delaware City Hotel in Historic Delaware City offers homemade cooking 7 days a week. We have indoor/outdoor dining with the best water views in the state. Winner of Best of Delaware Crabcakes.

30 Clinton St.
Delaware City, DE 19706

 

Phone: 302.832.5100
http://crabby-dicks.com

Cozy Quarters Farm

Cozy Quarters Farm is family operated and friendly atmosphere that offers riding lessons, trail rides, horse boarding, horse leasing, and horses for sale.

607 Madison St.
Delaware City, DE 19706

Phone: 302.521.2588
http://cozyquartersfarm.com

 

Delaware City Liquors

76 Clinton Street
Delaware City, DE 19706

(302) 834-1941

Delaware City Canal House

124 Canal Street
Delaware City, DE 19706

Delaware City Marina
302 Canal St
Delaware City, DE 19706
Delaware City Salem Ferry
45 Clinton St
Delaware City, DE 19706
Forged Creations

Forged Creations specializes in custom metalwork. Each piece is handcrafted utilizing traditional methods.

124 Clinton St
P.O.Box 435
Delaware City DE. 19706

302-832-1631

Email: kerry@forgedcreations.com
Website: http://forgedcreations.com/

Fort Delaware Gift Shop

Battery Park
Delaware City, DE 19706

Ice Cream Parlor

32 Clinton Street
Delaware City, DE 19706

(302) 836-9252

La Matesina Pizza and Pasta
5 Clinton Street
Delaware City, DE 19706
(302) 836-1855
Lewinsky’s on Clinton – Gastropub
92 Clinton Street
Delaware City, DE 19706
Miss Helen’s Guest House
215 Clinton Street
Delaware City, DE 19706
Pampered Pets

Bring your fur baby to the best Grooming Spa in Delaware. Our shop is clean and modern and we want your pet to enjoy his or her day at the spa. We offer all grooming services as well as special services like; facials, earrings, toenail polish, color dying, paw treatments, de-skunking, and de-shedding. Call and book your appointment today!

78 Clinton St
Delaware City, De 19706
(302) 834-8065

Red’s Gift and Gear

302 Canal Street
Delaware City, DE 19706

Studio 11
118 Clinton Street
Delaware City, DE 19706
Wiso’s Crabs and Seafood

Wiso’s Crabs and Seafood is a family-style seafood carry-out store dedicated to the providing the best in seafood and service to our customers. Started from the dream of Captain Wiso, we are hard working and fair.

For years Wiso’s has had the reputation, in the Delmarva Peninsula, of being one of the best seafood stores anywhere, minutes from Wilmington, Delaware, off Route 9 in Delaware City.

You can always expect great pricing in our store.  From President Bush to Jazzy Jeff (remember the “Fresh Prince, Will Smith?”) and many others, people take the trip to Delaware City, because they know Wiso’s has the freshest, tastiest crabs and seafood you can buy – and the prices you love!

101 5th Street/Route 9
Delaware City, De 19706
302-836-0224
Website: www.wisoscrabs.com
Email: wisoscrabs@aol.com