Delaware August 24, 2019
9 Photos From Delaware’s History That Are A Fascinating Window To The Past
Delawareans love history — after all, not everyone can brag about being from the First State! Browse this small collection of rare, historic pictures of Delaware to see what the First State looked like decades ago. You’ll be amazed by what you see.
1. Trap Pond was one of Delaware's first state parks and this photo from 1937 shows just how popular it was.
This beautiful park in Laurel is still a popular picnic destination today.
2. This New Castle Residence shows quite a different lifestyle.
How strange is it to think that this estate once stood where apartments and strip malls are today?
3. This picture shows a fish fry on Bethany Beach in 1880.
Other than the bathing suits, it really doesn't look much different than the last beach fish fry I attended!
4. Well, Little Creek hasn't changed all that much, has it?
Our small Kent County fishing towns have always been easygoing and welcoming.
5. Here's a photo of a Dover doctor's office in 1938!
Back then, medicine wasn't nearly as complex of a field as it is today, but the physicians did their best to keep Delawareans healthy.
6. The Episcopal Church in Lewes is one of the most historic buildings in the state.
Here, you can see what it looked like and how big the graveyard was back in 1941.
7. This is what downtown Lewes once looked like!
John Vachon took this photograph in 1941. You would hardly recognize the town if you stepped right into this picture.
8. Education has always been important to Delawareans, as this 1942 photo shows.
The Tower Hill School was an elite Wilmington institution that welcomed students from ages 3 to 18.
9. Not everyone had equal access to education and the effects still ripple in society today.
Here, you can see a migrant worker in his barracks. Delaware's agricultural industry was built on the backs of traveling workers who kept the fields growing and helped produce get shipped after harvest.
Don’t you love Delaware history? Check out some more by reading
9 Insane Things That Happened In Delaware You Won’t Find in History Books.