Date Posted: Friday, January 24th, 2014

Book provides a photographic history of the architecture of Wilmington, Del.’s business district between 1984 and today.


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Date Posted: Friday, January 24th, 2014

Article on the need for rehabilitation of the dikes in and around the City of New Castle, Del.


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Date Posted: Friday, January 24th, 2014

Charity DeGeorge and Latecia Prophet joined the division in January 2014.


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Date Posted: Monday, January 6th, 2014

By: David H. Pragoff School and Group Programs Team Leader Delaware Nature Society Located south of Newark near the corner of Old Baltimore Pike and Route 72, Cooch-Dayett Mills is one of the last remaining water-powered mills in Delaware and a reminder of a bygone era. Mills were a vital part of colonial society.  They served […]


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Date Posted: Friday, December 20th, 2013

Division’s plans for fiscal years 2015 to 2019 reviewed; Employees, volunteers and partners honored.


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Date Posted: Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Thorough understanding of green-building principles and practices a requirement for acceptance.


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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Program encourages students to study the U.S. Constitution.


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Date Posted: Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Grant-application process to be administered by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ State Historic Preservation Office.


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Date Posted: Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

By: Katie Goerger, Historical Interpreter Indian River Life-Saving Station Delaware Seashore State Park The Indian River Life-Saving Station is one of Delmarva’s relatively unknown gems. Situated along the coastline of southern Delaware between the Rehoboth Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, many recognize it as the hub for programs and events at Delaware Seashore State Park. […]

By: Katie Goerger, Historical Interpreter
Indian River Life-Saving Station
Delaware Seashore State Park

The Indian River Life-Saving Station is one of Delmarva’s relatively unknown gems. Situated along the coastline of southern Delaware between the Rehoboth Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, many recognize it as the hub for programs and events at Delaware Seashore State Park. This oddly-colored building, however, preserves a unique history that has slowly been forgotten over the years.

Irlss Station

 

In the mid to late 19th century, devastating shipwrecks along American coastlines were an all too common occurrence. Shoals hidden just beneath the water’s surface caused vessels to run aground, losing cargo to the waves and drowning mariners within sight of dry land. By 1871, in response to public outcry, the government finally intervened.

Historic Pic- Origin Unkown

Over the next few years, the first United States Life-Saving stations were built and manned by full-time crews known as “surfmen”. The men who joined the service left their comfortable lives at home to join a life where they would train by day and patrol the beaches by night, performing daring rescues in overwhelming conditions. The service was a complete success, lasting for 44 years until President Woodrow Wilson merged it with the Revenue Cutter Service to form the Coast Guard in 1915.

Keeper's Bedroom

Built in in 1876, the Indian River Life-Saving Station protected mariners along the coastlines from as far south as Bethany Beach and as far north as Cape Henlopen. In total, the crew of this station responded to over 60 wrecks and saved the lives of 419 people.

Courtesy: Dick Albertson
Courtesy: Dick Albertson

Today, the Indian River Life-Saving Station is located along Route 1 just north of the Indian River Bridge and operates as the main public center for Delaware Seashore State Park. The museum itself is setup to resemble its 1905 appearance and is open to both public and private tours year-round.

 

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Date Posted: Monday, November 25th, 2013

A spotlight on the historic Smyrna home of Delaware patriot Thomas Collins.


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