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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…
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This Milford, Del. Man Helped Ice Cream Parlors Take Off in the 1920s

This is a free excerpt from my book, You Wouldn't Believe! 44 Strange & Wondrous Delmarva Tales. That's right, the book has 43 other stories like this one. Info on the book here. The only folks who screamed for ice cream when that delicacy first came on the market were the filthy rich. The history of the ice cream parlors we know today dates back…
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Delaware Quote of the Day: The Great Turkey-Thief Crime Wave of 1934!

Here is a detailed report from the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal that appeared on Nov. 27, 1934 under the headline below. "Thieves Steal Fowl, Haul to City 'Fences':" A band of chicken and turkey thieves are operating from Harrington and Milford to the Delaware-Maryland line at Delmar, and hundreds of the fowl are reported to have been stolen within the past few weeks. The thieves…
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Albert Jackson: How a Man Born into Slavery in Milford, Del. Became a Hero in Canada

Up in Toronto, Canada, there is a street in a residential neighborhood called Albert Jackson Lane. Downtown, on Lombard Street, there is a historical marker describing why Albert Jackson's life should be celebrated by Torontonians. The honors that Mr. Jackson has received up north go beyond those city limits--the Canadian postal service has issued a stamp in his honor. Why does this matter on a…
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Jim Duffy Will Be Telling Fun “Tales from Delmarva” on Fri., Nov. 8 in Milford, Del.

Click the image to check out the book! Author and storyteller Jim Duffy of Secrets of the Eastern Shore will share some of his favorite "Tales from Delmarva" in a talk and discussion for the monthly 2nd Friday event at the First Presbyterian Church in Milford, Del. at 7pm on Nov. 8. Duffy is the author of two collections of Eastern Shore Road Trips, as…
Bug & Bud Festival in Milford, Delaware
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Event of the Month, May 2019: Bug & Bud Festival

The back story on the Bug & Bud Festival is pretty darn cute. Back in the 1970s, local second graders in Miss Molly Brown Rust’s classroom at LuLu Ross Elementary School petitioned the state legislature to declare the six-legged Coccinellidae to be the official insect of Delaware. The success of that drive is the reason so many people in Milford (and their dogs) don ladybug…
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Downtown Milford: A River Runs Through It

  The people of Milford seem to be one determined bunch. Consider, for example, the Riverwalk project. A clean and sweet piece of urban design, it weaves up, down, hither, and yon along the banks of the Mispillion River as it winds through downtown Milford and beyond, stretching from pretty Silver Lake on one end to the start of a nature walk on Goat Island…