9 Abandoned Places in Delaware That Nature is Reclaiming
By Katy|Updated on September 22, 2023(Originally published January 26, 2023)
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.
As the oldest state in the nation, having ratified the Constitution in 1787, Delaware’s history goes back…way back. The state has seen its share of buildings come and go, from traditional colonial establishments to agricultural buildings and industrial sites. We found images of these ten abandoned places in Delaware that have been turned over to the Earth itself.
We know that some of these places are up for demolition eventually (if not already), so we figured we should share the photos with you before the places themselves are memories forever. So here, in no particular order, are a handful of photos of abandoned Delaware that have not been forgotten by the photographers who “discovered” them.
Have you stumbled upon any of these old, abandoned places in Delaware? We’re now on a mission to take photos of others that we see peeking out from behind trees along the roadways. Be sure to share any abandoned or otherwise creepy places in Delaware that you know of!
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Abandoned Places in Delaware
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What is the most famous abandoned place in Delaware?
The most famous abandoned place in Delaware might be the enormous Gibraltar Mansion. This abandoned DuPont home sits empty, but the gardens out in the backyard are still kept up! You can visit the Marion Coffin Gardens to see the beauty for yourself. This is truly an oasis in the heart of Wilmington.
What is the most accessible abandoned place in Delaware?
Fort Miles Historic Area is one of the most accessible abandoned places in Delaware. Here's more information about this abandoned place:
This former fort housed soldiers during World War II and was a vital part of American coastal defenses.
Today, you can visit the Fort in Cape Henlopen State Park, and you can even schedule a tour of one of the abandoned batteries.