These 12 Images Of Delaware From 100 Years Ago Are Mesmerizing

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 historic photos of Delaware 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. For more fun learning about the history of Delaware, read about how History Comes To Life In This Delaware Town That Seems Frozen In Time.

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Where can I find more old photos of Delaware?

The Delaware Public Archives is a great place to start! They have thousands and thousands of photos from more than a hundred years ago. You can browse their collection online, or visit in person.

What is the oldest photo of Delaware?

While it’s hard to say for sure who snapped the first film photo in Delaware, you can find the earliest depictions from the first state at the Nanticoke Heritage Museum. The First State’s only Native American museum shows a glimpse at the life of the earliest settlers in what we now call Delaware.

Where can I learn about the history of Delaware?

The Delaware History Museum in Wilmington can be found in an 18th century building, and it’s packed with exhibits that tell the story of the First State.

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