The land in current western and southern Sussex County was first settled as part of Md. Seaford, Bridgeville, Greenwood, and Middleford were part of Dorchester County and Blades, Laurel, and Concord areas were part of Somerset County. It is reported that an error in a map coordinate resulted in the east-west line of Delaware being from current Delmar to Fenwick. The original agreement had the eastwest line at the Cape Henlopen, not at the false cape. If the line had survived, Seaford would now be in Maryland. The boundary lines are now as the surveyors Mason and Dixon defined in 1763.
The primary industry of the area was agriculture, particularly the cultivation of tobacco, and the style of living was plantation. In addition to agriculture; however, evidence suggests that the area east of where Seaford now resides was a very busy bog iron area.
William Henry Harrison Ross become Governor of Delaware in 1850 and agriculture developed through his efforts. His principal place of residence was an Italian Renaissance style mansion in present-day Seaford that he built in 1850 and it is now known as the “Ross Mansion.”
In 1925, the poultry industry became important as new methods of housing and feeding were introduced. In 1939, the DuPont Company chose Seaford as the site of the first Nylon plant in the world leaving Seaford known as the “Nylon Capital of the World”.
Growth and flourishment still continues today as Seaford adds more quality businesses and people to its vibrant residence. There are more than 500 retail stores and service-related businesses, a diversity of residential developments, a modern hospital and numerous support clinics, fine schools and churches, many youth and adult programs, numerous volunteer service organizations, and Seaford’s location near the most pristine river and recreational beaches on the East Coast.
Towne & Country Fair
The Towne & Country Fair is Friday, May 22 – Sunday, May 24.
On Friday, May 22, the celebration begins at City Hall with opening ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. Mayor David Genshaw will speak, birthday cake will be provided by the Seaford High School Culinary Arts Department, and live entertainment from “The Runners Up” begins at 7 p.m.
The festivities on Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24, will take place at Governor Ross Plantation. There will be a historic and vintage car show, business vendors, food vendors, live music and entertainment, kids activities, museum tours, outdoor movie on the lawn, and a softball game.
The 33rd Annual First State Meet sponsored by the Historic and Vintage Car Club of Delaware will be on show this coming weekend. Registration is from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and the show is from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The cost is $15 to register a car and the second car, or more, is $8.
Business vendors and crafters will be at the event on Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Food vendors will also be there this weekend.
Live music and entertainment is from noon – 7 p.m. featuring The Good News Tour, Eager Beavers, Jive Pickle, and Milford’s Dixieland Band and Smooth Dance Band. On Sunday, the Golgotha Haitian Alliance choir will sing at 10 a.m.
Kids’ Activities include: PNC’s ‘Grow Up Great Mobile Learning Adventure’, airbrush facepainting by Sunshine Entertainment, balloon figures by Sunshine the Clown, old-time kids games in the Granary, and Peter Rabbit puppet shows by Master Gardeners.
Tours of the Ross Mansion and Seaford Museum are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and a shuttle service will be provided between the two locations. There will be an outdoor movie on the plantation lawn presented by the Sussex County Federal Credit Union. “Big Hero 6” starts at 8:15 p.m. and food vendors will be there to provide dinner.