So Far from Home: From Fort Delaware to Finn’s Point

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Since there were so many commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in April, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the role Delaware played in the Civil War, the war with more casualties than any other American war.

On a sunny morning in April, my husband and I ventured mere inches* from the Delaware border, across the river in New Jersey, to visit a hidden National Cemetery that contains the remains of more than 2,000 Civil War dead — Finn’s Point National Cemetery, adjacent to Fort Mott State Park in Pennsville, New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »

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Snowy first day of Spring at Wilmington and Brandywine

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Snowy first day of Spring at Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, March 20, 2015.
Snowy first day of Spring at Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery, March 20, 2015.

This past Winter was semi-brutal. I’d say brutal, but to be honest, last year was worse, and, well, I still have nightmares about the Winter of 1996 when the snow in January was deeper than my inseam. Read the rest of this entry »

The colorful life and mundane death of Col. James Hemphill-Jones

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Since it’s the birthday of the Marine Corps, and the eve of Veterans Day, I thought the story of this interesting Delaware veteran would be appropriate.

 

Tucked away in the middle of Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery is the grave of Marine hero and Delaware native Col. James Hemphill Jones. His life story — and the headstone marking his burial place — are pretty remarkable. Read the rest of this entry »

Where love lives on: Barratt’s Chapel Cemetery

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My husband is a craft beer aficionado, and we often take road trips to try new beers and tour new breweries. It’s a lot of fun, but sometimes the road trips can be pretty long. When he told me he wanted to visit Mispillion River Brewery in Milford near the Kent/Sussex county border, I made a deal with him: If we passed a cemetery on the way south, we were stopping at that cemetery on the way back north. Read the rest of this entry »

Snowy Lunchtime in Greenville

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St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church, Greenville, Delaware (DDD Photo)
St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church, Greenville, Delaware (DDD Photo)

On Presidents’ Day, I had to work; the bright side was that I got to take the car to work (which I rarely do) and had free time at lunch to go beyond the four block radius around my office.

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The three burials of Gunning Bedford Jr.

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Gunning Bedford Jr.'s new resting place at Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery. (DDD photo)
Gunning Bedford Jr.’s new resting place at Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery. (DDD photo)

Lombardy Hall, tucked away on Rt. 202 in Brandywine Hundred, is the former home of Gunning Bedford Jr., framer of the Constitution and Delaware’s first attorney general.

His historic home overlooks the graves of over 3,000 people – except for one: The grave of Gunning Bedford Jr. Read the rest of this entry »

The Baby Section

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On census lists for the beginning of the 20th century, you might notice something you wouldn’t see today: two categories, side by side: “number of children,” and “number of children living.” Read the rest of this entry »