New Castle County

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 »

Jackpot: Newark Union Burial Ground

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“Jackpot.”

Not necessarily a word you’d associate with cemeteries. But this one was such a magical find, it conveys exactly the way I felt when I stumbled upon Newark Union Cemetery. Read the rest of this entry »

Memorial Day at All Saints

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Memorial Day, if you recall, was a beautiful day this year. It started with cool breezes, and there was abundant sunshine all day. While so many people consider it the unofficial start of summer fun, maybe we should return to considering the day as a serious occasion to commemorate the war dead. Since wars are not fought on American soil in front of our eyes and on our front lawns, we tend to forget how many families have lost loved ones to the violence of war. The sight of visitors standing in silence gazing down at the resting places of their loved ones was a gentle and sad reminder as I drove through the winding path in All Saints Cemetery in Wilmington. Read the rest of this entry »