On a peninsula bordered by Maryland and New Jersey sits Delaware, the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and therefore the first state to become part of the new union. The home first of the Lenape Indians and then the home of Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, and finally English settlers before becoming part of the United States. This mix of cultures led Delaware to becoming what it is today. Even though Delaware a small state with only three counties, there is plenty of history within its borders. Some of this history has all but disappeared.
The Railroad Stops
From 1895 to 1905, the Queen Anne’s Railroad brought passengers from Love Point, Md. up to Lewes, Delaware, often bringing visitors to where they connect with steamers taking them to the popular Victorian resort town of Cape May, New Jersey. Though this railroad only operated for five years, it connected a wide variety of communities and helped them grow their economies. When the railroad fell apart, so too did these towns.