The Delaware History Trail has new stops

State officials are using National Travel and Tourism Week to revive the Delaware History Trail.

The Delaware History Trail is a collection of places across the state that help connect visitors with Delaware’s past.

The trail debuted in 2011 and has grown to 51 locations. The new version reduces this number to 29, including 7 new sites. Governor John Carney joined the Delaware Office of Tourism in unveiling the smaller, refreshed trail and took the time to visit a few of its locations.

He says the trail provides a way to show Delaware’s often overlooked history.

“When I was going to college, people were always asking me where I was from and I was like, ‘Delaware!’ and they were like ‘Where is it? Is it in Ohio? not even knowing that Delaware was a state. So I think inviting visitors to our state and exposing them to our history is really important.

Those who follow the trail can create an online “passport” and qualify for a prize by uploading photos of their visits to at least 10 trail locations. Delaware Tourism hopes that by encouraging visitors to share photos of the trail, they can inspire younger visitors and more families to explore First State historic sites.

The Delaware Historical Society’s History Center is part of the route, and the society’s executive director, David Young, says Delaware’s history is fascinating, if underappreciated.

“We are emerging from the pandemic with a sense of reengagement and reinvention,” Young explained. “So reintroducing people to the cool sites, museums, and experiences they can have with history, including history that doesn’t reflect well on us as Americans, is a great opportunity.”

Young adds that they expect more engagement in the coming months as the weather warms, including out-of-state tours.

While the Delaware Historical Society’s History Center remains a must-visit, some of the trail’s new locations include the Nanticoke Indian Museum, Nemours Estate, and Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park.

The Delaware History Trail is available online at www.visitdelaware.com.

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