Middletown

Middletown (HM6TQ)

Location: Middletown, DE 19709 New Castle County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 26.974', W 75° 43.018'

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Beginning in the 1690s, settler Adam Peterson and his family acquired several tracts of land here. One tract, surveyed in 1733 was given the name "Middletown." The origin of the name is believed to derive from the area's location at the middle point of a road that led from the head of the Bohemia River to the banks of Appoquinimink Creek. Located at the intersection of this road was the busy King's Highway, this crossroads was an important stop for travelers by the mid-18th century. A tavern was established here and a small village developed around it. The town grew rapidly after the railroad arrived in 1855. Located in the midst of some of the state's most productive farmlands, this became an important shipping point for a variety of agricultural products. Of particular note is the prosperous peach industry which flourished until a disease known as "Peach Yellows" destroyed many of the orchards here and elsewhere on the Delmarva Peninsula.
Middletown was incorporated by the Delaware General Assembly on February 12, 1861.
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HM NumberHM6TQ
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Marker NumberNC-118
Year Placed2001
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 3:14pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 438311 N 4366912
Decimal Degrees39.44956667, -75.71696667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 26.974', W 75° 43.018'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 26' 58.44" N, 75° 43' 1.08" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4 W Main St, Middletown DE 19709, US
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