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This Is What Delaware Looked Like 100 Years Ago…It Might Surprise You

The year was 1916.  Woodrow Wilson, a democrat from New Jersey, was president, and it was the third year of World War I. Delaware would celebrate its 129th birthday that year. And Beebee Hospital in Lewes opened.

The state population has surged since then, changing the landscape forever. But if you look closely around the state, you’ll still see glimpses of years gone by.  Here are some photos that we found from 1916, or just prior. See if you can picture where those spots would stand (or some that still do) today.

Surely, some of us whose Delaware roots go back hundreds of years have black and white, or sepia toned photographs in a box somewhere, that shine a light on what this little state looked like a century ago.

Katy
Katy is a life-long Delaware resident who grew up on a small grain farm and spent her summers enjoying time at the beach. A full time public relations professional by day and a content specialist with OIYS at night, Katy loves sharing her love of her home state with fellow Delawareans and others. Loves: local food, dachshunds, horseshoe crabs, hiking, farmers markets, bourbon.