Delaware Railroads: Elegant Travel and Timely Transport
Two stacks of crates on pedestals. On the left, three crates in a glass case. On the right, a crate sits on top of a larger box. Various company logos, including from the Victor Talking Machine Company, are stenciled onto the crates.
A railroad map with blue, green, red, and black colored routes connecting the major trade cities of Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Wilmington with Lewes. These rail lines served both commercial and recreational purposes.
A six-foot black-trimmed corner exhibit case holds photographs, model trains, and images related to Delaware railroads. To the left, a panel introduces the exhibit’s themes of regional passenger travel and local freight transport during the nineteenth century.
Four cylindrical tins of Delaware-manufactured canned food in a row, each with “Richardson & Robbins” labels. To the viewer’s right is a long-necked rectangular bottle with a blue and white label reading “Diamond State Rye Whiskey”.
A Seaborne Citizenry: The DeBraak and Its Atlantic World
A well-lit museum space with white walls. Artifacts are in display cases on both sides of the room. Text facing the viewer in the center of the far wall reads: “A Seaborne Citizenry: The DeBraak and Its Atlantic World,” with a screen below playing an informational video.
A scale model of the eighteenth-century double-masted British warship DeBraak is displayed prominently in the center of an exhibit space that explores its history and sinking in 1798. The model features off-white sails, a black base, and a red English maritime merchant flag in the rear.
A tall, wide blown glass bottle which contained lemon extract given to sailors to prevent scurvy. Just below the bottle’s neck, a circle containing the letters “G.R”, for King George III, is stamped into the glass.
The Zwaanendael Merman
The Zwaanendael Merman, an assemblage of mummified animal parts meant to appear as authentic remains. A shrunken monkey head is attached to a fish body with a fin at the far back. Small limbs are on the front.