Delaware July 09, 2018
Here’s What Delaware’s Small Towns Looked Like 100 Years Ago
Delaware towns have retained much of their old fashioned charm over the years, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a massive transformation over the last century! Take a look at how all corners of the First State looked in these historic Delaware photos from 100 years ago.
1. Downtown Milford, 1923
The charm of downtown is still the same today! Here is Milford right before President Harding's visit.
2. Georgetown, 1918
Here's Georgetown exactly 100 years ago! Can you believe how different it looks today?
3. Middletown, 1912
Here's the center of Middletown well over 100 years ago. There's a serious lack of traffic here!
4. Laurel, 1918
Laurel, 100 years ago, was still being built up! These railroaders along the industrial highway were working hard to create the town we know today.
5. Milton, 1909
Milton, pictured here in 1909, looks like a perfectly peaceful little town!
6. Lewes, 1911
Can you believe that this was what second street looked like over 100 years ago?!
7. Smyrna, 1906
Here's a postcard showing the Smyrna Public School in 1906. Hard to believe what the whole area looks like today!
8. Bridgeville, 1928
While towns like Lewes and Middletown have changed a lot, rural areas of Delaware (like Bridgeville pictured here) are still filled with poultry farms!
9. Hockessin, 1907
Main Street in Hockessin looks like a totally different place! The town still has its historic charm - when was the last time you went on a day trip to shop and dine here?
10. Wyoming, 1914
You know, I'd feel a little better about all this beach traffic if I was stuck behind a few Model-Ts first! At least modern cars can travel much faster (and safer) than the earliest cars that clogged our Delaware streets!
There was one event just about half a century ago that did change Delaware’s small towns for good. The Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962 rolled in without warning and washed away our beaches, boardwalks and coastal homes. If you weathered the storm,
take a look back at these photos that show mother nature at her wildest.