Delaware July 27, 2017
9 Things You Can Only Brag About If You’re From Delaware
Delaware gets the short end of the stick in a lot of categories! We don’t have any mountains, our traffic is pretty bad, we aren’t quite north and we aren’t quite south… but there’s a lot to love about our little state. So the next time someone asks you about your home state, use any of the following to brag about Delaware:
1. We were first!
On Decmeber 8, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constutition. Delaware voted unanimously to adopt the document, becoming the first state of the union. It took the rest of the colonies nearly a year to jump on board. So brag about it, Delaware - we are proud to be the First State.
2. Our beaches are world-class.
Delaware's beaches - including Rehoboth, Bethany and Dewey - are among the most popular in the country. There's a good reason for that! All of our Atlantic Ocean beach towns feature mouthwatering restaurants, unforgettable nature center, family-friendly events and of course, soft sand and salt air.
3. We don't have to worry about sales tax.
In Delaware, sales tax just doesn't exist! The price you see on your item's tag is what you'll be paying, and not a penny more.
4. The best scrapple in the world is made right here.
Scrapple might have been invented in PA, but there's no question that Rapa makes the best of the stuff. I mean, that is, if anything "scrapple" related can be the best of anything.
5. The DuPonts got their start in Wilmington...
... and they left behind beautiful estates to explore. The DuPonts were central to the American Industrial Revolution, and their legacy is open for all to see in the DuPont corridor of northern Delaware.
6. We're home to one of the most haunted places in the world.
Fort Delaware, a former Civil War prison, is one of the most haunted places in the world. Cannonfire can be heard echoing through the long-dormant chambers and visitors frequently have experiences they can't quite explain. Fort Delaware is so haunted that it was featured on Ghost Hunters twice.
7. Our history is truly unbeatable.
Not only was Delaware the first state to ratify the Constitution, but thanks to Dover native Caesar Rodney, the United States was able to claim independence from Britain. On the night of July 1, 1776, the Continental Congress was deadlocked in a tie regarding whether to sign the Declaration of independence. Despite being very sick, Rodney rode 70 miles from Dover to Philadelphia to cast a tie-breaking vote. Oh, it was in the middle of a thunderstorm, too. Why does Paul Revere get all the credit for midnight rides?
8. We make dumplings the correct way.
Round dumplings are un-American! Or at least, un-Delmarvan. Slippery dumplings are the way to go, and we get it right here in Delaware. Try them at Jimmy's in Bridgeville or Rigby's in Rehoboth.
9. Delaware oysters are the BEST oysters.
There's no question about it - oysters from the Delaware Bay area are the best in the world! Even Maryland oysters can't quite compare. Delaware oysters are the best, hands down.
What’s your favorite thing about living in Delaware? Is it the beaches, the state parks, or the seafood? Brag about it in the comments!
(Pssst: if you really want to read more about the ghosts of Fort Delaware, check out “
This Abandoned Fort In Delaware Is One Of The Most Haunted Places In The World.“)