Delaware Land for Sale
While many Americans scratch their heads and ask "Dela-where?," Delawareans know that their tiny enclave (about 25 percent of America's 3,000+ counties are larger than the state's 1,954 square miles) is one of the most favorably situated of all the states. The great cities of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. are all within a two-hours drive of its borders.
Undeveloped land "north of the canal" - the tiny state is bisected by the 14-mile Chesapeake & Delaware Canal that links the Delaware River and the Chesapeake Bay - is virtually non-existent. The lower two counties, Kent and Sussex, have seen explosive growth in recent years, however, and prices are quickly catching up. Most of the property development in the state takes place in Sussex Count where there is heavy trade in vacation property. Newcomers to Delaware are always happy to learn the state is the "Home of Tax Free Shopping."
Delaware is steeped in history and property seekers will discover the Brandywine Valley is the home of world-class cultural institutions such as Hagley Museum and Winterthur Museum, America's leading repository of decorative arts. The 350-year old town of New Castle, dressed in streets of hand-made brick, is one of America's best-preserved Colonial towns. The state capital of Dover was laid out by William Penn in 1683. The "First Town in the First State, Lewes, was founded in 1631 and still bears scars from British attacks during the War of 1812. For those seeking the vibrancy of a college town Newark is the home of the University of Delaware Blue Hens.
The DuPont Highway, built by Thomas Coleman du Pont in the 1920s with his own money, is still a main conduit through much of Delaware, linking the three county seats on its run to the Maryland border. For travelers interested in a more meandering pace Scenic Route 9 traces the edges of Delaware Bay as it trips through hamlets like Port Penn and Delaware City where generations of watermen have made a living trapping muskrats and harvesting horseshoe crabs.
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