The Cannery Lot

The Cannery Lot (HM6P2)

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

N 39° 31.041', W 75° 34.77'

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Opportunity from Change

Left Panel Local Goods, Global Markets
In the changing economy of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, small towns looked for ways to survive. Port Penn's livelihood depended on exporting local agricultural goods to major markets miles away. The cannery and other export operations connected Port Penn's economy to trade networks throughout the country and the world.
Center Panel The W.B. & J.S. Zacheis, Inc. cannery operation stood across the street from the schoolhouse from the early 1900s until after World War II. When the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and the railroad diverted most commercial shipping away from the area, local businesses adapted by packaging agricultural products for export. Peaches, tomatoes and other produce were processed, canned and exported to markets in Philadelphia, Baltimore and beyond. The cannery was a major employer in Port Penn for almost half a century.
Right Photo and Caption Port Penn's history as a working town greatly influenced the village's identity. Cannery workers were important wage-earners in Port Penn's economy. Many citizens worked in other labor-intensive occupations such as water work and farming.
HM NumberHM6P2
Placed ByThe Village of Port Penn
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 1:57pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 450187 N 4374350
Decimal Degrees39.51735000, -75.57950000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 31.041', W 75° 34.77'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 31' 2.46" N, 75° 34' 46.20" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1067-1099 W Market St, Middletown DE 19709, US
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