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Gold Mining Harbeson Hickman FEATURED PHOTO
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The Sussex County Man Who Made a Killing in the California Gold Rush without Looking for Gold

“Gold, boys, gold!” When that cry of joy rang out in Coloma, Calif. on Jan. 24, 1848, the response was … well … not much. Times were different. Consider: • California still belonged to Mexico on that day. The Mexican-American War was still winding down, and the Treaty of Guadalupe that would move California into the American column didn’t get signed until February. The guys…
Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City, Maryland
Good Times & Fun Events

CHRISTMAS 2023: The Big Light Shows

Here is all the info you need on the biggest and best season-long light shows of the 2023 holiday season! Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City, Md. Nov. 16 to Dec. 31 This is the 31st time around for Winterfest of Lights at Northside Park in Ocean City, Md. Take an outdoor walking tour through incredible light displays. Afterwards, see Santa in the gift shop.…
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Rowing to Freedom: A Long & Stormy Escape from Lewes

Picture yourself standing on the Delaware coast, somewhere near Lewes. "A fierce gale was blowing" on that January morning in the mid-1800s. "The waves were running fearfully high." Three friends stand with you on that shoreline. Today was supposed to be the day you would make a shared and cherished dream come true. Everything was planned to perfection, except for this weather. The four men…
Belltown Delaware Featured Photo
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THREE THINGS ABOUT BELLTOWN: History Hiding in Plain Sight Just Outside of Lewes

The remnants of old Belltown fall into the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it category of sites to see while visiting the Delaware beach resorts. The super-busy intersection that locals call Five Points will demand your full driving attention as you make your way just above Lewes along Route 1 or Route 9. Two big-box hardware stores dominate this intersection, but just beyond there, on westbound Route 9—don’t blink!—is a…
Cape Henlopen Lighthouse Featured Image
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Fall of an ‘Ancient Warrior:’ The Cape Henlopen Lighthouse Collapses, 1926

When it comes to iconic images of Delaware, the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse ranks at or near the top of the list. Its likeness can be found in galleries, on greeting cards, on websites, and in logos. There’s even a mini-replica set in the middle of a traffic roundabout on the way into Rehoboth Beach. That’s pretty impressive, considering the fact that the lighthouse toppled into…
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On the Rocks at Cape Henlopen: Breaking New Ground Since the 1800s

This is a free excerpt from the revised 2nd edition of Eastern Shore Road Trips #1: 27 One-Day Adventures on Delmarva. Every chapter in that book has an afernote like this, telling a story from days gone by. This one appears in the road trip devoted to Rehoboth Beach. Thanks for reading! Sometimes the best stories a pretty scene has to tell are actually hiding…
Lewes, Delaware
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ROAD TRIPS 2 EXCERPT: False Starts in the “First Town”

This is a free excerpt from Eastern Shore Road Trips #2: 26 MORE One-Day Adventures on Delmarva: Lewes is the Goldilocks of Delmarva beach resorts, perfect for people worried on one hand that places like Rehoboth Beach and Ocean City will be too crowded, but afraid on the other that places like Assateague Island won’t offer enough in the way of creature comforts. There is…