Who was the first state to ratify the constitution? That’s right, Delaware did in 1787. It only took 11 years from the landing of the English pilgrims, to settle in the state. In total area, the state is ranked 49th in the nation. It is just under 100 miles long, and at its widest point only 35 miles. With a state so small there is still a lot to see, it just goes by faster. The state was named for its first governor, Lord de la Warr. With only 3 counties, New Castle Country includes the largest population, and the smallest area of land.
It is also home to the Nylon Capital of the World. The Du Pont Laboratories began producing nylon at its plant in Seaford. That is not the only creation in the state. Things get a little more obscure as you dig. In 1950, a frying pan was built for the Delmarva Chicken Festival. The single frying pan was 10 feet in diameter and held 180 gallons of oil. At one time it could hold and cook 800 chicken quarters.
- Those were some odd facts about the state, but I bet you didn’t know these ones.
- Augustine Beach was named for Augustine Hermann. He was a Bohemian adventurer who mapped the Delmarva Peninsula and surrounding areas in the mid-1600s.
- Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, six miles northwest of Wilmington features one of the world’s finest naturalistic gardens.
- The 87-foot Fenwick Island Lighthouse was painted in 1880 for a total cost of about $5.00.
- The log cabin originated in Finland. Finnish settlers arrived in Delaware in the mid-1600s and brought with them plans for the log cabin, one of the enduring symbols of the American pioneer. One of the cabins has been preserved and is on display at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover.
It really is interesting when you think about it all. Though it may be hard to find a place big enough in such a small state, there is always plenty of room left.