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Old November 30th, 2011, 10:14 PM   #1
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Bridgeville, DE

Bridgeville is a town in western Sussex County, along US Route 13. The population is around 2,000. Bridgeville is named for Bridge Branch, a small creek that connects to the Nanticoke River to the east.

The town was developed extensively in the mid-1800s after the Delaware Railroad was built through the area. Like most of the other towns south of Dover along the old Delaware Railroad and now also along US Route 13, shipment of agricultural products, such as peaches, led to massive growth. Canneries located in Bridgeville made Delaware peaches and other fruits available to the entire Northeast United States. Other fruits and vegetables, from asparagus to strawberries to cantaloupes, were shipped fresh via the railroad. Scrapple, a Lower Delaware product, was also shipped out on the railroads from the production centers in town.

Grinstead, a house on Market Street with rusticated concrete blocks made to look like stone. With the absence of stone in the Coastal Plain portion of Delaware, the assortment of good that could be ordered through mail catalogs, and the ability of the railroads to transport goods to southern Delaware, concrete blocks became a popular building material for houses in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Houses on Market Street.

Houses on Market Street.

A house on Market Street.

A building on Market Street along the town's railroad tracks.

A house on Market Street.

A store on Market Street.

A mural on the side of a commercial building on Market Street.

The Bridgeville Police Department, on Market Street. The department is housed in the old Baltimore Trust Company building, built in 1904.

The RAPA Scrapple factory, at Railroad Avenue and Market Street.

RAPA was started in 1926 by Ralph and Paul Adams.

RAPA is the largest scrapple producer in the world.

The Old Bridgeville Fire House, on William Street. The structure was built in 1911.

The Sudler House, on Main Street. The house was built in 1750 and was enlarged in 1795.

Houses on Main Street.

A house on Main Street.

A house on Main Street.

A house on Main Street.

A house on Main Street.

Looking east down Delaware Avenue. Much of Delaware Avenue is still paved with its original concrete surface, dating back to the 1920s.

A house on Delaware Avenue.

A house on Delaware Avenue.

Houses on Delaware Avenue.

A house on Delaware Avenue.

Houses on Delaware Avenue. The original concrete surfacing can be seen in the foreground.

Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, on Church Street.

A house on Walnut Street.

A house on Edgewood Street.

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Old December 1st, 2011, 08:00 PM   #2
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Nice! Lots of beautiful old homes!
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