Monday, December 26, 2011

Another early view on New Street in Marshallton

The little girl you see here is playing in the lot where 1209 New Street
now sits. The house in the forground still stands after much renovation work.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Entering Marshallton 1918 - updated 12/15/2011 - photos and text added. See all three photos.


I have no idea where this may have been.
 Marshallton took in a much larger area back then.

It was mentioned in a comment the photo above looks something like Old Capitol Trail
just west of the Wilmington and Western Railroad tracks by the Hunters Den.
I took the picture below and darn if it doesnt resemble the one above. Just 90 some years later.
The houses my have been there prior to the construction of the Marshallton Bridge over the Red Clay. A photo from an earlier post (below this one) was c1932 and shows the intersection before construction began and there is an empty lot where OCT and Newport Road meet, but it looks like there is remnants of a fence. Like a house may have been there.



Sunday, November 27, 2011

County Parks Located Along the Red Clay Creek in the Lower Red Clay Valley

Brandywine Springs located on
Faulkland Road an RT41

Greenbank Park located along
Greenbank Road and Kirkwood Highway

Powell Ford Park located
on  Kiamensi and Stanton Roads

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Historical Markers In The Lower Red Clay Valley from Faulkland Road to Stanton including the Town of Newport

The Marker listed below for Washington's Earthworks has been missing for some time. It was located on the east side of creek where Old Capitol Trail (Lincoln Highway)crosses the Red Clay Creek in Marshallton


The American Army numbering about 11,000 encamped between Red Clay Creek and Newport September 6 to 9, 1777. Earthworks constructed for the protection of the camp are plainly visible on the edge of the hill overlooking the creek.

LOCATION: Marker is inactive/removed. North end of Bridge which crosses Red Clay Creek at Marshallton (Lincoln Highway), Wilmington.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ametek Show's It's Color's

If you click on the yellow link, above with the same title, you will open a stand alone page heavy with photos.

Many of us, in our daily routine, drive east and west on Kirkwood Highway and fail to notice what lies to the north and south of the John T. Davis Bridge as it crosses the Red Clay Creek. Even if you looked over the bridge railing or drive on Duncan Road, Newport Road, Old Capitol Trail or Newport Gap Pike (RT41) you could not see what this ¾ mile stretch of stream has to offer this time of year as it flows from RT41 (across from Wilmington and Western Railroad) to Newport Road, Marshallton, in the Lower Red Clay Valley. The entire length on the east side of the stream is bordered by property owned by the Ametek Corp. and to their east the Wilmington and Western Railroad, which is plainly visible in southern end of the parcel. Along with the W&W RR other remnants of the past remain, such as old trestles, bridges, an 18th century mill race and two c1905 buildings left after demolition. The demolition was a result 2003 flooding.
The parcel I am referring to is private property owned by Ametek and consists of approximately 30 acres and divided by the Red Clay Creek. As stated above it stretches from Newport Road in Marshallton to RT41(Newport Gap Pike). It now sits vacant waiting for a new use. It is not only my hopes but the hopes of others who reside in the area this large parcel will become a park / open space or part of the Proposed First State Trails and Pathways Plan.  Clicking here will take you to that plan.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Why Not the Old Ametek Site?

During the past year there has been more than one occasion where I have read articles and have seen renderings of what the former NVF plant in Yorklyn will become. I think it is great what the State of Delaware can do with an old polluted site. Even the highly polluted Wilmington Waterfront was cleaned up and developed. In the articles about Yorklyn, we read how there will be public access the Red Clay Creek, the creation of walking and bike trails, storm water mitigation to go along with the history about the area and site. The connection to the Marshall Estate will also be a plus. We also read about the millions of dollars that will have to be pumped into this site to make this all happen.

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Porch in The Cedars

I hope the owners don't mind me taking a photo of their porch in the Cedars.
It was to inviting to walk away from.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

An Early Celebration in Marshallton

This appears to be a celebration of some sort as a band prepares on Stanton Road, in front of the Marshallton Methodist Church. Folks have lined Greenbank Road, in the background,  in preparation of what looks like a procession or parade.

Friday, September 30, 2011

1782 in Stanton / Glenville Area

I am not quite sure where this map came from. It may be from Robert Seligs report he did on the W3R and its route to and from Yorktown, but is included in the W3R Heritage Tour in Delaware.
According to this map, in 1782, on the return march following the Battle at Yorktown, Virginia, the French Troops encamped in the approximate area of where the Shop Rite and Movies 10 are located. I also thought they camped in this area on the way to Yorktown as well, but closer to the Red Clay Creek in the Stanton / Glenville area.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Update..... "Village" of Kiamensi

Two posts ago I was having trouble envisioning what the Village of Kiamensi must of looked like. At the suggestion of Scott Palmer I dug through some older reports and came up with this drawing put together in 1926 by Price and Price and included in a Kiamensi and Stanton report by E. Heite. It is not the prettiest of scans. It is actually on two seperate pages and taken with a phone scanner. It does give a good over view of the site and its surrondings. The second image shows dwellings up and down Kiamensi Road between Stanton Road and the Red Clay.

Saturday October 1st. at the Historic Hale Byrnes House

Press Release
The public is cordially invited to the Historic Hale Byrnes House at 606 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, Delaware 19713 this Saturday evening, October 1 at 7:30 p. m.. "Observe the Night Sky," with Lynn King, a well-known local re-enactor and dulcimer player will portrays Lady Caroline Herschel, who lived in 18th century Europe, and was the first woman to have been paid as an astronomer.
$5 per person at the door includes coffee and dessert. Well-behaved children are always welcomed.
Please dress for the weather as this program will be held on the banks of the White Clay Creek on the terrace of the Hale Byrnes House. In case of rain, the program will be held indoors.
The program is part of an ongoing series of evening programs known as the American Revolution Round Table of Delaware, sponsored by the Delaware Society for the Preservation of Antiquities-Hale Byrnes House. Visit the American Revolution Round Table on Facebook.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The "VILLAGE" of Kiamensi

Ok..what happen to this Village. As I mentioned on another site it appears to be like an old west town that sprung up and when the resources died so did the town. In 2011 there does remain a couple workers homes and remnants of another, but that is all. The images below mention someone getting married in Kiamensi (was there a chapel and / or a church?), another saying in addition to the mills it had 26 dwellings(from Scharf's, History of Delaware). In another, a 1902 description of Kiamensi mentions it has woolen mills and a public hall. Some of the dwellings mention could have included its sister mill in Stanton, but it doesn't specify. I get the impression these snipits are refering to Kiamensi.
It would be fantastic if somehow, somewhere, someone had photos to share of the "Village".

Friday, September 23, 2011

ASD meeting at Greenbank Mill

I had the chance to attend the monthly meeting of the Northern Chapter of the Archeological Society of Delaware held at The Greenbank Mill on Wednesday 9/21/11. Kieth Doms, an archeologist, had an array of bottles starting from the 1700’s to the present. He gave a summary on bottles and their timeline, along with the manufacturing process and their use. Since my scanner is down, I have made a crude attempt to post some of the handouts. Hopefully they will be helpful to bottle enthusiasts.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Summary of Historical Floods of Red Clay Valley

Over the last decade or so we have seen the Red Clay Creek reach flood stage more than a handful of times. Homes have been flooded, roads closed and debris carried down stream. The Millcreek Hundred History Blog takes a look at some of the more infamous flooding that has taken place on the Red and White Clay. It is worth taking a look.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hurrican Irene aftermath. Sunday morning at aprox. 10:00am

These videos of The Red Clay Creek were filmed on Sunday morning, 8/28/2011, at aprox. 10:00am.

The first was taken from Bridge 155 on Old Capitol Trail.
The second was in Stanton shortly after 10:00am.
The third video was created by the owner of Delaware Equipment Rental on Greenbank Road . It was filmed earlier in the morning. I believe the person filming mentions it is about 7:45am

Again, I have posted many more photos on a seperate page. The link to that page is above labeled Hurricane Irene.

There is one photo of the bridge rail in Marshallton showing evidence of debris where the high water mark appeared to have been.

Above graph shows the Red Clay Creek crest in Stanton, about 8ft above flood stage, at around 8:00am Sunday morning on 8/28/2011.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Workhouse Guard Tower

I remember going through the old workhouse after it was shut down. It was such a cold and depressing structure.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Wilmington and Western Railroad Summer Festival

On Saturday, August 13th, Wilmington and Western Railroad hosted their Summer Festival at the Greenbank Station location on rt41 near Prices Corner. Trains left on a predetermined schedule chugging up the Red Clay Valley to a pinick grove. After a short stay they returned to the Station unload passengers and welcomed another train load to repeat the excursion.
On the station grounds itself there were exhibits and eats for all ages to enjoy. Volunteers from the railroad dressed in period clothing to give a nostalgic feel.
Due to the number of photos, I listed them on a seperate page. The button for that is above (on the same line as the home page button) entitled the same as this one. Please take a look and leave any comments.
It is just another characteristic of the Historic Lower Red Clay Valley.
I hope to list more of these events as they become available.

Thanks for reading


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bridge 155 crosses Red Clay Creek on Old Capitol Trail. Built in 1932 and National Register Eligible.

Photo above with original embellishments
The photo above and the ones below show before and after views of Bridge 155 in 1931 and 1932 when it was built. I have no idea what the larger structures on the right hand side in the photo are. I have been told, at one time there was a silk mill in the area. I do not know if this is it or not.
I like the homes in the background
The Red Clay appears so much wider then

Looking west at Newport Road and Old Capitol Trail
Greenbank and Old Capitol Trail looking east towards Red Clay Creek