Delaware Attractions May 25, 2017
The Small Town In Delaware You’ve Never Heard Of But Will Fall In Love With
Delaware is full of charming small towns, and the little river town of Millsboro is no exception! If you’ve never visited, you’ll want to put this tiny spot on your list for this spring and summer, because it is one of the loveliest towns in the First State.
Millsboro is in Sussex County, just outside of Bethany Beach.
It's located west of the Indian River Bay, on Millsboro Pond. It's a pretty small town, with a population of around 3,900.
Walking through the town feels like you're stepping back in time.
Historic buildings, like the old bank building on Main Street, are contrasted by modern stores and shops scattered throughout town.
Millsboro's Firehouse is one of the town's landmarks.
The Volunteer company is one of the oldest in the state, dating back to the early 1900s, and helps keep the town protected and informed.
Millsboro Pond is right in the middle of the downtown area.
The boat ramp allows for fishing, kayaking, or just hanging out on the water. It's a beautiful, quiet pond that really shows you the beauty of this little town.
Millsboro's natural conditions have added quite a bit to Delaware history, in that both the highest and lowest temperature in the state were recorded here. On July 21, 1930, the temperature hit 110 °F, and on January 17, 1893, the temperature fell to -17 °F. Only three other states have had the highest and lowest temperature recorded in one town.
Beyond the temperature records, though, Millsboro is one of the most historic towns in Delaware.
There are at least twelve sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Millsboro, including the Robert Davis Farmhouse, Harmon School, Isaac Harmon Farmhouse, Harmony Church, Hitchens Chicken Farm, Indian Mission Church, Indian Mission School, Indian River Archeological Complex, Johnson School, Perry-Shockley House, Warren's Mill, and Wright Farmhouse. If you can find them all, you'll have taken a pretty comprehensive tour of Millboro!
The town is rich in culture, too.
Millsboro is home to one of the most underrated museums in Delaware - the Nanticoke Indian Museum. Visit to learn about the tribes that originally inhabited the land that we now call Delaware, and attend one of their public powwows or their Heritage Day in the spring.
Of course, what would a small town be without a killer Main Street?
Millsboro offers some great restaurants, like the gourmet Blue Water Grill, the casual British pub, The Pint, a few great pizza parlors, and the classic Georgia House. If you're hungry, you've come to the right place!
Millsboro, Delaware really is the perfect small town.
With history, culture, great food, and great views along the pond, this charming spot is hard to beat.
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