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MillsboroOfficially founded in 1860,
Millsboro is the largest community in central Southern Delaware and the fastest
growing, with a population of approximately 17,000 year-round residents. The
town is named for the numerous sawmills and gristmills that thrived at the
headwaters of the Indian River during the 1800s. Picturesque Cupola Park on
Indian River was named for the iron foundry and forge that operated on the site
until after the Civil War. Always industrious, Millsboro residents continue a
thriving commercial scene, with a busy downtown and numerous shops and services.
Millsboro is graced with several scenic freshwater ponds and access to tidal
The word "neck" is an old term in Southern Delaware that describes a narrow
stretch of land between two waterways. Long Neck is just that, a long peninsula
dividing Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay that stretches out to the Indian
River Inlet. This area has been known as "the Long Neck" since the mid 1600s.
Massey's Landing, a newly renovated boat launching area at the tip of the
peninsula, offers a magnificent view of the inland bays. Long Neck is now home
to many active retirees, families with young children, and waterfront vacation
communities, with a variety of new businesses and restaurants.
The charming Town of Dagsboro was founded in 1747 at the headwaters of
Pepper Creek, a tributary of Indian River Bay. The town was named in honor of
General Dagworthy, a local resident who served in the American Revolution as a
commanding officer. Dagworthy is buried in the cemetery of historic Prince
George's Chapel in Dagsboro, a restored mid-18th century Anglican church with a
beautiful wooden interior, now maintained as a museum by the State of Delaware.
Dagsboro offers many delights for visitors, including Dagworthy Day in October,
several large antiques shops, lawn and garden supplies, small eateries, and an
old-fashioned movie theater.
Located just east of the Town of Millsboro, Oak Orchard has been the
ancestral home of the Nanticoke Tribe for at least 2000 years. The Oak Orchard
area hosts the annual Nanticoke Powwow and the Nanticoke Museum, where visitors
can share in the special traditions and culture of these long-time residents.
The quiet communities of Oak Orchard and Riverdale along Indian River Bay offer
beautiful scenic views, small seasonal and year-round restaurants, charter
fishing, and a boat launch and crabbing pier at Rosedale Beach. The streets in
Riverdale are labeled with Native American names. A scenic drive along the bay
on County Road 312 through these communities is delightful.
Located west of the Great Cypress Swamp, Gumboro can be found at the
junction of Routes 26 and 54 near the Maryland line. This small community was
named for the Sweet Gum trees that were once logged to produce bushel baskets,
pallets, and other commodities for the surrounding farms. Bald cypress trees
were also logged in the area for shipbuilding, shingles, and "corduroy" road
construction through the swamps. Gumboro offers an old-fashioned store and
antiques shops, and several historical buildings including a school and church.
For additional information call the
Millsboro Town Hall at 302-934-8171.