Craig Lukezic to discuss Fort Casimir, established by the Dutch in 1651 in what is now New Castle, Del.
Bottle fragments from Lewes, Del.’s Roosevelt Inlet Shipwreck traced to the venerable wine estate.
By: Alice Guerrant As work has continued on The Green, we’ve had another unexpected discovery right outside our windows! Under the old sidewalk, the backhoe bucket hit a wall, which was subsequently uncovered, photographed, and mapped by HCA archaeologists. The wall was not very substantial, and included brick bats, a layer of roofing slates, and […]
By Alice Guerrant, Historic Archaeologist Have you been on The Green in Dover lately? The east side has mounds of dirt, equipment running around, and a lot of construction going on. It looks like a mess now, but the Division’s project will soon improve the sidewalks and landscaping in front of the Old State House […]
By: Alice Guerrant The staff of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs has finished the first complete draft of the statewide historic preservation plan for 2013-2018. We’ve kept it as short as possible, while making sure the necessary background is included. Help us make the plan better! Click here to download a copy of […]
By Chuck Fithian, HCA Curator of Archaeology The year 1814 saw the inauguration of a new governor— Daniel Rodney of Lewes. Like his predecessor, he continued to oversee and maintain the active defense of the state. Defensive measures continued with Delawareans manning the various fortifications and ongoing militia service. During the year, Delaware ceded Pea […]
By Chuck Fithian, HCA Curator of Archaeology The initial actions and campaigns of the war took place along the Canadian border and on the high seas. However, that would change in late 1812. In December, the British government would declare the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays to be in a state of blockade, and by the […]
By Chuck Fithian, HCA Curator of Archaeology 200 years have passed since the War of 1812, but few realize the dynamic role that the First State and its citizens played within the conflict. This article is the first of four excerpts to be blogged from Mr. Fithian’s essay entitled, “For the Common Defense,” “Infernals,” and […]
By Craig Lukezic, Archaeologist Delaware State Historic Preservation Office After floods, historic road leveling, house and ferry construction, is there anything left of the 17th century Fort Casimir? Keep in mind the fort may have been a wooden plank structure built with rammed earth. Those of you familiar with living in Delaware can guess that […]
Last November, HCA announced an initiative to begin conservation work on the hull of the HMB DeBraak. One of the conservation team’s most urgent objectives was to improve the hull’s support-system and to add a water-filtration system that cleans the water that is used to keep the hull wet. Over the last several weeks, HCA […]