Middletown Improvement Company 1892

Middletown Improvement Company 1892

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Middletown Improvement Company 1892
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Beautifully engraved certificate from the Middletown Improvement Company of Middleton, Delaware issued in 1892. This historic document has an ornate border around it. This item is hand signed by the Company’s President and Secretary and is over 110 years old. Middletown, Delaware, located about 24 miles south of Wilmington, is an early crossroads Town, one of the old Delaware Towns not on a navigable waterway. It was originally a tavern stop about half-way on the old cart road that extends across the peninsula between Appoquinimink Creek and Bohemia Landing on the eastern branch of the Bohemia River; thus the name, "Middletown." Oxen pulled carts loaded with produce and materials between the ports of Cantwell's bridge (Odessa) and Bohemia Landing. This was the shortest route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Chesapeake Bay before the construction of the Chesapeake and Delaware canal. In 1675, Adam Peterson took on warrants for the land which later became the Town of Middletown, the first survey being made in 1678. Later, his widow married David Witherspoon, a native of Londonderry, Ireland, and they settled upon the King's Highway at the crossroads, first known as Mrs. Blackston's Corner. The Witherspoon's Tavern was built at this site in 1762. A fire destroyed the upper portion of the building on February 14, 1946, but the first floor remains. The cornerstone is still in the original part of the building. Middletown was incorporated on February 12, 1861. The first Council decided the Town should be one mile square, commencing at the center of the crossroads and extending half a mile in each direction. Thus it was known as the "Diamond Town of the Diamond State." As the Town has grown, its boundaries have extended in each direction.


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