50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Delaware State to Know Story

By Andrew Sayles

Introduction

50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Delaware State to Know Story

These 50 interesting and fun facts about Delaware state will teach you a lot about...

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Delaware Fun Facts

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Delaware is called the Blue Hen State

Delaware is referred to as the Blue Hen State after its state bird, the Delaware...

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It is the second smallest state in the country

Delaware is a mere 1,982 square miles, making it the second smallest state in the...

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First State Heritage Park celebrates Delaware's origins

Delaware was the first delegation to ratify the new US Constitution in 1787 following the...

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First State National Historical Park showcases Delaware's multicultural past

First State National Historical Park was originally called First State National Monument when it was...

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Delaware is at the north of the Atlantic Coastal Plain

The Atlantic Coastal Plain is a region in the eastern United States that runs continuously...

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The state borders the Atlantic Ocean

Delaware has about 28 miles of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. This stretch contains beautiful...

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Delaware River starts in New York

The Delaware River starts in the Catskill mountains of New York before heading south and...

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The Delaware Bay divides Delaware and New Jersey

Delaware Bay is an important estuary in the eastern United States. It encompasses 782 square...

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Colonial Blue and Buff are Delaware's state colors

One fun fact about Delaware is how it got its official state colors: Colonial Blue...

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Horseshoe Crabs cover Delaware beaches each spring

Horseshoe crabs are an ancient species, with fossils dating back 480 million years. They are...

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Delaware's state butterfly is the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Since 1999, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail has been the state butterfly of Delaware. Males are...

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Sweet Goldenrod is Delaware's state herb

Sweet Goldenrod was named Delaware's official state herb in 1996. It is a fragrant, anise-scented...

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Delaware's highest elevation is 448 feet

Another fun fact about Delaware is that it's a relatively flat state with no mountains...

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The creator of the Heimlich maneuver was born in Delaware

Henry Heimlich was born in Wilmington, DE, in 1920. In 1975, Heimlich published information about...

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Delaware's state flower is the peach blossom

Delaware used to be called the Peach State due to its orchards that once contained...

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Interesting Facts About Delaware

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New Sweden was established along the Delaware River

In the 1600s, Sweden was a powerful kingdom. They wanted to join England, France, Spain...

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Delaware is known for its sales tax and franchise tax

If you're looking to do some shopping, consider heading to Delaware. They have no state...

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Thomas Jefferson called Delaware the Diamond State

Delaware is not a large state, but it was very important in colonial and early...

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Samuel Argall named the Delaware River and Bay

The state, river, and bay are all named Delaware after Thomas West, 3rd Baron De...

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Delaware only has three counties

One of the most interesting facts about Delaware is that it's divided into just three...

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Sir Thomas West was the 3rd Baron De La Warr

Most people have heard of Thomas West not by his given name but by his...

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An elementary school class gave Delaware its state insect

In 1974, the 2nd grade class of Ms. Mollie Brown-Rust lobbied for the ladybug to...

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University of Delaware had the country's first study abroad program

Professor Raymond W. Kirkbride was a Modern Languages professor and a veteran of WWI. His...

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Dead Poets Society was filmed in Middletown, Delaware

One of the most interesting Delaware facts is that the entirety of Dead Poets Society...

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Delaware is unique by having an official macroinvertebrate

In 2005, Delaware became the first state to name an official macroinvertebrate with the stonefly...

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Delaware has over 200 times more chickens than people

Chicken farming is very important in Delaware, with over 200 million chickens being raised each...

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George Thorogood's first band was the Delaware Destroyers

Part rock-and-roll and part Chicago blues, George Thorogood's music is instantly recognizable. But before he...

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DuPont's made it big in the gunpowder industry

Today, DuPont produces everything from kevlar to lifesaving medical supplies. In 1802, though, the future...

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A Swedish Church from 1698 is still standing

Old Swedes Church was built between 1698 and 1699. By then, the English had overtaken...

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Wilmington is home to an impressive French neoclassical mansion

The Nemours Estate in Wilmington was built from 1909-1910 for the second wife of Alfred...

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Weird Facts About Delaware

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World Championship Punkin Chunkin began in Delaware

Punkin Chunkin (or "pumpkin chucking") events began in Delaware in 1986. Air cannons, catapults, and...

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A unique museum of decorative arts and Americana is found near Wilmington

Henry Francis du Pont was an antiques collector and horticulturist who lived from 1880-1969. He...

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A relic of 2007's Burning Man Festival resides in Milton, DE

After constructing a forty-foot treehouse from welded steel plates for a nine-day festival, artist Sean...

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A replica of a Dutch city hall is found in Lewes, Delaware

The first European settlement in Delaware was that of Zwaanendael in 1631. To commemorate this...

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Delaware has a unique 9/11 Memorial

One of the more unexpected state of Delaware facts is it has a statute created...

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Facts About Delaware History

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The Lenape were among the first to settle the region

One of the most important Delaware history facts is that the Lenape were the first...

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Delaware was divided on slavery during the Civil War

During the American Civil War, Delaware was divided on the issue of slavery. The industrial...

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Delawareans joined World War I early

Before the US officially joined World War I in 1917, volunteers from Delaware were fighting...

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Fort Delaware was a Civil War POW camp

Fort Delaware was completed in 1859 on Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River. It...

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The Roosevelt Inlet Shipwreck is still one of history's mysteries

In 2004, a beach replenishment project that was pumping sand from the sea floor to...

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Important Facts About Delaware

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Joe Biden has deep roots in Delaware

Before becoming the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden represented Delaware in the...

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Delaware was one of the original Thirteen Colonies

The English took control of the Delaware region in 1664, making it one of the...

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There are 86 endangered species living in Delaware

Delaware hosts an important mid-Atlantic ecosystem that is home to eighty-six endangered species. A coastal...

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Sound recording was pioneered by a Delawarean

Eldridge Reeves Johnson was a machinist from Wilmington, Delaware who worked for the Berliner Gramophone...

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The annual Dover Days festival celebrates Delaware

Each May, Delawareans flock to the capital of Dover to kick off the summer. This...

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Cool Facts About Delaware

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Bob Marley spent time in Wilmington

In 1966, future reggae sensation Bob Marley moved to Wilmington, Delaware, with his mom. He...

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Dover Motor Speedway is one of the biggest racetracks in the country

The Dover Motor Speedway is one of the premier racetracks in the United States. At...

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Delaware has very fast internet

Delaware ranks in the top three states for the fastest internet speeds in the country...

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Rehoboth Beach is called The Nation's Summer Capital

Rehoboth Beach is only one square mile but it packs a lot in. It gained...

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Delaware has an artificial reef made of subway cars

Of all the Delaware facts and information in this article, Redbird Reef is one of...

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