About Delaware City

Delaware City is a quaint riverfront community proud of its rich history and excited about the future. Located on the Delaware River in New Castle County, Delaware, Delaware City is the gateway to many natural and historic treasures, such as the Delaware Estuary marshes, the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, Fort Delaware and Fort DuPont.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the town’s restaurants and shops and to stroll through the Historic District, which has more than 200 structures featuring architectural styles spanning the 19th and early 20th centuries. For the recreation-minded, the Delaware City area is popular with bird watchers, bicyclists, kayakers, canoeists and hikers. Come see us! Delaware City is a great place to visit, live and work.

Delaware City Facts

  • The Delaware City Historic District is one of the largest in the State of Delaware, with more than 250 contributing structures.
  • The Delaware City Historic District, Chelsea, Eastern Lock of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, Fairview and Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Delaware City traces its origins to 1801, when the Newbold family from New Jersey purchased a tract of land that became known as Newbold’s Landing. 
  • Delaware City’s location at the eastern end of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in 1829 increased the town’s importance as a way station and operating base for shipping.
  • A peach boom blossomed from 1840-1900 and made Delaware City famous around the nation for its peaches. Major Philip Reybold and his sons had more than 110,000 peach trees by 1845. 
  • Roe from Delaware River sturgeon was processed in the town and shipped to Germany and Russia as caviar.
  • Delaware City has some of the finest examples of important architectural styles in Delaware, with buildings spanning from the Federal style of the 1820's to Italianate "Peach House" buildings.


Source: Delaware City Main Street (www.delawarecitymainstreet.com)

   Forts Ferry Crossing operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority.