The First State

One of the first things I noticed about Delaware was the corn. Corn everywhere. I thought I was in Kansas. Another one of our more beautiful states. I took some great photos there. I hope you like them. Oh, the ocean was very warm here, but it was August. It was still much warmer than in New Hampshire, and only three days later. I found many references to William Penn in Delaware. He was very instrumental in the formation of our first two States.

A flower bed near the approach to Dover, DE

Standing in the Atlantic Ocean at Bethany Beach, DE

Hey, not everyone has two streets named for them!

Old downtown in Dover

The Delaware State House

Lesgislative Hall

Buildings of Capitol Square

One of 55 full size Liberty Bell Replicas. Each state received
one in 1976

Constitution Park where the first ratification of our constitution
was signed.
Fifty-five bells were struck as part of a savings bond drive held from May 15 to July 4, 1950 with the slogan "Save for Your Independence." They were given to the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S Territories, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The Truman Library in Independence, MO has one (Harry was president) and one is in Annecy-le-Vieux, France the city where the replicas were cast in 1950.
The bells were to be displayed for the public and rung on patriotic occasions. Some are rather difficult to locate as they have been relegated to storage and/or refurbishing or to display in universities, libraries and museums.
Those I could find located near or in capitols as originally intended are pictured on these pages.

The outline in the bricks designates the location of the porch
where the constitution was read to the Legislative members.

William Penn was instrumental in the founding of Delaware as
well as Pennsylvania. This street is one border of Capitol Square.

The ferry from Lewes, DE to Cape May, NJ

A ship on Delaware Bay

The Ferry heads to sea

Bathers at Seashore State Park, DE

Bathers at Bethany Beach, DE

More batheres at Bethany Beach

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An osprey nest in Delaware

An egret in a pond

Delaware geese

A Delaware lighthouse

And a closer view

A Delaware sunset.

Same sunset a little later

Music is "Delaware"

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