Eastern Shore at a glance:
- Major Cities: Wilmington, Dover, Bethany Beach, Rehoboth
Beach, Fenwick Island, Dewey Beach
- Landmarks/National Monuments/Parks: Fenwick Island State
Park, Bellevue State Park, Trap Pond State Park, Rockford Tower, Delaware Museum
of Natural History, Rockwood Mansion Park, Afro-American Historical Society of Delaware,
Biggs Museum of Art
- Major Industry: Banking, Pharmaceutics, Farming, Automotive
Manufacturing, Defense (Dover Air Force Base), Civil Service
- Counties: New Castle, Kent, Sussex
Delaware Eastern Shore
Delaware, the nation’s second smallest state, is probably best known for its many
tourist-friendly resort towns and beaches. Many people are attracted to Delaware
beach real estate.
Rehoboth Beach, the largest of Delaware’s Atlantic resorts, is commonly
referred to as “the nation’s summer capital.” Its renowned bandstand concerts and
mile-long boardwalk attract millions of visitors annually, many from nearby
Washington D.C.. Every fall, Rehoboth hosts not only the Sea Witch Halloween
Festival and Fiddler’s Convention, but also the Punkin Chunkin contest, which challenges
contestants to hurl pumpkins as far as a mile.
Bethany Beach and
Fenwick Island, popular among people looking for Delaware beach real
estate, are part of a seven-mile long stretch of beaches known as the Quiet Resorts.
Prized for their small-town atmosphere and lack of major development, the Quiet
Resorts are nestled between Delaware Seashore State Park to the north and Little
Assawoman Bay to the south. Fenwick Island’s most famous attraction is the Fenwick
Island Lighthouse, built in 1858, but kids will love the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum,
which features artifacts from local shipwrecks and items from Delaware’s colonial
Dewey Beach, just one mile long and three blocks wide, is widely considered to be
a party destination for college-aged kids. It is also a popular place for people
looking to buy Delaware beach front real estate. With an abundance of restaurants and
bars, and its renowned nightlife featuring national acts, the town stands in stark
contrast to the more reserved beaches of Rehoboth and the Quiet Resorts.
Delaware’s major cities also offer broad appeal. Founded in 1683 by William Penn,
Delaware’s capital city of Dover was originally laid out over 125 acres. Today,
it covers more than 26,000! Dover is home to the Dover International Speedway, also
known as the Monster Mile, as well as to Dover Downs horseracing track. Just outside
of Dover is Dover Air Force Base, one of the largest Air Force bases in the country
and one of the state’s largest employers.
Wilmington, located an hour north of Dover, is Delaware’s most populous city and
is admired for its architecture and its efforts at historical conservation. Wilmington
is also a major banking center thanks to the Financial Center Development Act of
1981, which liberalized laws governing banks operated in the state.
Wilmington’s attractions include Riverfront Wilmington, Market Street Mall, the
Brandywine Zoo, and the Winterthur Museum, the 60-acre garden estate of Henry Francis
du Pont. The city also hosts a number of popular annual festivals like the Big August
Quarterly, a religious celebration that commemorates the founding of the Union Church
of African Members.