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Delaware and the Civil War: Part 2

Wilmington, home to the state’s manufacturing and trading center at the junction of the Brandywine and Christiana, had woolen mills and other industrial establishments dependent on water power. “Much of the gunpowder fired by the Union military came from the E.I. Dupont & Co.’s Hagley Mills,” said Reed. Harland and Hollingsworth completed three monitors plus several gunboats, while their competitor Pusey & Jones launched an additional half-dozen gunboats.

Sketch of USS Patapsco built by Harlan & Hollingsworth: Wikipedia: Jinian {{PD-USGov-Military-Navy}}

Sketch of USS Patapsco built by Harlan & Hollingsworth: Wikipedia: Jinian {{PD-USGov-Military-Navy}}

Hagley Museum & Library: Restored Roll Mill: Wikipedia: Ukexpat

Hagley Museum & Library: Restored Roll Mill: Wikipedia: Ukexpat

Below the canal and west of the railroad was a rural, agrarian society of farmers and water men, said Reed. Lower Delaware industries consisted of small shipyards at Milford and Milton and local grist mills.

Kent and Sussex, although geographically larger than New Castle County, were definitely rural. Subsistence farms predominated, especially in Sussex, where farmers made enough cash to pay taxes by selling native pine for building timber to be used in Philadelphia, said Reed.  Delaware Bay watermen and fishing vessels home ported at Lewes in Sussex County served as the exception to the rural norm. New Castle, Seaford, Laurel and Milford were hotbeds of Confederate sympathizers.

This story was first published in the News Journal under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.

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From Little to Lavish Luxuries in Lewes

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: English Wikipedia: Samuell

If you’re like me, no getaway is complete without a bit of shopping, and Lewes has unique boutiques to satisfy every taste and pocketbook. The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory hand-dips caramel apples, molds fudge and has a vast array of tempting treats. They can even cover a bottle of wine for you, to create one of the season’s most unusual gifts. Try a bottle of red wine dipped in dark chocolate for a unique offering.

If you are puzzled about what to get someone, look no further than Puzzles, which has one of the largest selections of puzzles for all ages, levels of difficulty and prices. From exclusive jigsaw puzzles, like their Lewes Lighthouse, to baffling brainteasers and books, Puzzles provides gifts which exercise the mind.

When Joel Stein set out to drink one wine in the $15-$20 price rage from every state for Time magazine, he was surprised when Delaware’s Nassau Valley Vineyards received one of only 12 awarded excellent ratings. Try the Pinot Grigio, one of the subjects of Stein’s story, or the crowd pleasing Laurel’s Red or Meadow’s Edge White.

For More Information:

Nassau Valley Vineyards

32165 Winery Way

Lewes, Delaware

(302) 645-9463

Puzzles

108 Front Street

Lewes, DE

(302) 645-8013

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

135 Second Street

Lewes, DE

(302) 645-5528

This story was first published in the News Journal in 2008, under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All copyrights reserved.

 

 

 


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Winter at the Beach: Part 4

The view from my room at the romantic Inn at Canal Square. © Gail A. Sisolak

The view from my room at the romantic Inn at Canal Square. © Gail A. Sisolak

The luxurious Inn at Canal Square offers sumptuous accommodations and gourmet breakfasts in their “Nantucket-Style” retreat located on the banks of the canal. Winter weekend programs include the opportunity to join Delaware’s own Kevin Fleming, noted photographer and publisher. Fleming will describe his experiences photographing scenes for his latest book “Wild Delaware” and present examples of those rare moments he was able to capture. The next morning, tour some of the parks that Fleming frequented. (www.theinnatcanalsquare.com)

Hotel Rodney: © Gail A. Sisolak

Hotel Rodney: © Gail A. Sisolak

The Hotel Rodney is a gem of a boutique hotel located in the heart of Lewes’ historic district; within strolling distance of a myriad of colorful shops and restaurants. Although the building was constructed in 1926, the interior has been remodeled from top-to-bottom. The striking décor manages to balance early 20-th century architecture with sleekly sophisticated design and appointments.  Crisp, comfortable and chic, Hotel Rodney offers a stylish respite close to all the action. (www.hotelrodneydelaware.com)

This story was first published in the News Journal in 2008, under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All copyrights reserved.