Delaware covers 1,982 square miles: Kent: 594, New Castle: 438, Sussex: 950
Delaware's Founding: Delaware became the first state when 13 delegates signed the U.S. Constitution on December 7, 1787 in Battell's Tavern, otherwise known as the Golden Fleece Tavern, on The Green in Dover.
Delaware's Capital: The City of Dover, located in the heart of Kent County. State Motto: Liberty and Independence State Colors: Colonial Blue Buff State Flag: The Delaware State flag is blue and buff with the coat of arms in the middle. Beneath the diamond and the coat of arms is the date, December 7, 1787. This is the day that Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution and the first state of a new nation. The elements of the coat of arms include the wheat sheaf, adopted from the Sussex County seal to represent agricultural vitality; an ear of corn from the Kent County Seal which represents the agricultural basis of Delaware's economy; the ship as a symbol of New Castle's shipbuilding past and extensive coastal commerce; the farmer represents the central role of farming; the militiaman represents the citizen-soldier's role in the maintenance of American liberties; water above the ox is representative of the Delaware River crucial in the state's development and the ox represents the importance of animal husbandry. The shades of buff and colonial blue are significant as they represent the uniform of General George Washington.
State Seal: Delaware's state seal was first adopted on January 17, 1777, and contains the coat of arms. It also bears the inscription around it "Great Seal of the State of Delaware" and the dates 1704, 1776 and 1787. Delaware's General Assembly was established in 1704; 1776, was the year that our independence from Great Britain was declared; and 1787,was the year that Delaware became "the First State" by being the first colony to ratify the United States Constitution.
State Nicknames: "The First State", "The Diamond State", "Blue Hen State", and "Small Wonder".
Delaware Population: 853,476 (2006 estimate) 3 Counties
- Kent County: 147,601
- New Castle: 525,587
- Sussex County: 180,288
Population of Major Towns in Kent County (2000 census)
- Camden - 2100
- Dover - 32,135
- Felton - 784
- Harrington - 3,175
- Milford - 6,732
- Smyrna - 5,679
State Dessert: Delaware Peach Pie
State Bird: Blue Hen (Gallus gallus)
State Bug: Ladybug (Coccinella) State Butterfly: Tiger Swallowtail (Plerourus Glaucus)
State Drink: Milk
State Fish: Weakfish (Cynoscion Regalis)
State Flower: Peach Blossom (Prunus Persica)
State Fossil: Belemnite (Belemnitellia Americana)
State Herb: Sweet Golden Rod (Soloidago Odora)
State Macroinvertebrate: Stone Fly (Order Plecoptera)
State Marine Animal: Horseshoe Crab (Limulus Polyphemus)
State Mineral: Sillimanite (Al2 SiO5, Aluminum Silicate)
State Soil: Greenwich Loam
State Star: On June 30, 2000, the Delaware Diamond, located in the constellation of Ursa Major (Great Bear), with coordinates of right ascension 9h40m44s and declination 48�14'2", was designated as Delaware's State star.
State Tree: American Holly (Aquifoliaceae Hex Opaca)
State Song: "Our Delaware"
Our Delaware contains three verses, each honoring one of the counties was written by George Hynson; a fourth verse praises the State and pledges the loyalties of its citizens was written by Donn Devine; the musical score was written by Will Brown.
Oh the hills of dear New Castle,
and the smiling vales between,
When the corn is all in tassel,
And the meadowlands are green;
Where the cattle crop the clover,
And its breath is in the air,
While the sun is shining over Our beloved Delaware.
Oh our Delaware!
Our beloved Delaware!
For the sun is shining over our beloved Delaware,
Oh our Delaware Our beloved Delaware!
Heres the loyal son that pledges,
Faith to good old Delaware.
Where the wheat fields break and billow,
In the peaceful land of Kent,
Where the toiler seeks his pillow,
With the blessings of content;
Where the bloom that tints the peaches,
Cheeks of merry maidens share,
And the woodland chorus preaches
A rejoiceing Delaware.
Dear old Sussex visions linger,
Of the holly and the pine,
Of Henlopens Jeweled finger,
Flashing out across the brine;
Of the gardens and the hedges,
And the welcome waiting there,
For the loyal son that pledges Faith to good old Delaware.
From New Castle's rolling meadows,
Through the fair rich fields of Kent,
To the Sussex shores hear echoes,
Of the pledge we now present;
Liberty and Independence,
We will guard with loyal care,
And hold fast to freedom's presence,
In our home state Delaware.
Films Shot in Kent County: Easy Money, filmed in 1983, featured Rodney Dangerfield and Joe Pesci. Scenes were filmed at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. Glenville, filmed in 1999 in Dover and Clayton; a horror film based in the small town of Glenville, Ohio. Famous Delaware Actors: Robert Mitchum, Valerie Bertinelli, Ryan Filippe, Teri Polo, Judge Reinhold, Elisabeth Shue, Andrew Shue, Sean Patrick and Doug Hutchison.
Famous Residents: Revolutionary patriots Caesar Rodney and John Dickinson; Richard Allen, a freed slave who co-founded the denomination that became the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Eldridge Reeves Johnson, co-founder of the gramophone and co-founder of the Victor Talking Machine Co., later RCA. Senator and Vice-President Joseph Biden. Delaware is the former home to a number of screen stars and musicians such as Ryan Fillippe, Teri Polo, Elizabeth Shue, Judge Reinhold, Valerie Bartinelli, Bob Marley (deceased) and Robert Mitchum (deceased), to name a few.
Delaware Climate Chart
Central Delaware You haven't really experienced Central Delaware until you have:
- Watched children dance around the maypole during the annual Dover Days Festival
- Taken The First State Heritage Park's walking tour of The Green
- Attended a NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway
- Made a purchase at Spence's Bazaar
- Caught a performance at the Schwartz Center for the Arts or the Smyrna Opera House
- Eaten a candy apple at the Delaware State Fair
- Attended a Wesley College or Delaware State University home football game.
- Pedaled your bike in the annual Amish Country Bike Tour
- Searched for the grave of patriot Caesar Rodney
- Shopped on Loockerman Street in Downtown Dover
- Attended the Bud & Bug Festival in Milford
- Caught a fish on a Charter Boat out of Bowers Beach
- Visited Air Force II at the Air Mobility Command Museum