The Not Usual Places to See in Delmarva

By | Jun 4, 2008

Here are six places to visit in Delmarva that may not be on the usual Must-See lists.

New Castle Court House; New Castle, Delaware:
The Court House was built in 1732 over the remains of the prior Court House that had been destroyed by fire. It served as Delaware’s first state capitol. It is from the building’s cupola that the center of the 12-mile circular boundary between Delaware and Pennsylvania was officially established.

The Delaware & Chesapeake Garden Railroad; Clayton, Delaware:
This railroad garden was established in December 2003 in Clayton, DE and is less than a mile from the original branch line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The line ran from Clayton, Delaware to Easton, Maryland. The Garden Railroad is a backyard G Scale creation of Jay and Taylor Davis, a father & son combination that enjoys the outdoors, and railroading in general. Open for special events and by appointment.
www.geocities.com/delawarerailroad/

Chestertown’s War Monument Park; Chestertown, Maryland:
In many ways downtown Chestertown is a picture of the past. Many people may know of the park in the center of town displaying a 19th century fountain (the fountain is back after being restored), but next to the park is another park dedicated to the men and women of Chestertown and Kent County who have served in wars, from the Revolutionary War to the Gulf War. It may not take long to walk the park and read all of the inscriptions, but it’s worth the time to stop and remember.

Barratt’s Chapel Museum; Frederica, Delaware:
The oldest surviving Methodist Church in America is in Frederica, Delaware. The site includes the historic church, a research library and a museum on the history of Methodism. Open Saturday and Sunday and by appointment. www.barrattschapel.org.

Cambridge Fishing Pier; Cambridge, Maryland:
When the new bridge over the Choptank River opened the State of Maryland turned the old bridge into a fishing pier. Not only can a variety of different fish be caught from the bridge, it’s a great place to just look out over the river and see sights usually only seen via boat. On the Talbot side of the pier is 25 acre park with walking paths.

Georgetown Train Station; Georgetown, Delaware:
The restored train station dates to the late 1860’s and serves as a museum dedicated to transportation with many photos and pieces showing the history of the town and train transportation in Delaware. Contact ahead for hours of operation so as not to be disappointed.
www.georgetowntrainstation.org.

And for those who love the railroad after visiting the one in Georgetown visit this one a little farther south.

Eastern Shore Rail Road Museum; Parksley, Virginia:
Here you can step back into a time when the railroad ruled. Step into the train station where 14 passenger trains stopped everyday. The main museum building is full of railroad items from the many that operated on this peninsula since the mid-1800’s.

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For more information about Delmarva try DelmarvaUSA.com companion site of ShoreToBeFun.com


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