10 Southern Delaware Towns; 10 Iconic Symbols

January 5, 2017

Here at the Oldfather Group, we certainly pride ourselves on what we do. We sell real estate in one of the most visually appealing areas of the United States, and we excel at it because we love what we do and we hire people who feel the same way.

And speaking of our area, we have some of the nicest residential developments in the mid-Atlantic region right here in coastal Delaware.

Some are at the beach, some are further inland. Some are gated, some are not. Some have a large number of amenities, some are just nice places to call home.

But all are in a very special area of the world, one that we’re extremely proud to call home.

But it addition to the fine homes that define the real estate market at the Delaware beaches, there are also several architectural marvels that highlight the region.

Each town in southern Delaware seems to have that one spot that people always remember, whether they live here or are just visiting – that one place that is unmistakably Rehoboth, or Lewes, or Georgetown, or Seaford or any other town in Sussex County.

We thought we’d take a look at some of them here today, town by town. Now in many cases, there may be more than one signature work of architecture that defines our cities and towns, but we’ve chosen our favorite in each municipality so that we can highlight as many as possible.

So let’s get started, with our most historic area – the “First Town in the First State.”

Lewes (Zwaanendael Museum) – You’re not likely to miss this towering structure on the corner of Kings Highway and Savannah Road in downtown Lewes, and that’s kind of the point. Built in 1931 to commemorate the 300-year anniversary of Sussex County’s first European settlement, the museum resembles the town hall in the city of Hoorn, in the Netherlands. Hoorn is the hometown of David Pietersen deVries, the leader of that failed expedition in 1631. Today, the museum houses artifacts of the town’s history, dating all the way back to those early days in the 17th century. For our purposes here today, however, it’s a beautiful and unique piece of architecture that helps define life in Lewes.

Rehoboth Beach (Dolles) – There are many people, places and things that people remember after a trip to the “Nation’s Summer Capital” of Rehoboth Beach. But examine any photo of the city’s famous boardwalk and it’s clear why Dolles is our choice for Rehoboth’s most famous landmark. Towering above the one-mile boardwalk is the orange, cursive Dolles sign for which the city is most well known, advertising to everyone not only the business, but also the very fact that you’re in Rehoboth Beach. Dolles has been around for generations and it will likely be around for generations more. We wouldn’t have it any other way!

Dewey Beach (Bottle & Cork) – Known as much for its nightlife as its sandy beaches and cool ocean breezes, there’s one bar/club that stands out above all the rest in this southern Delaware beach town, and that’s the Bottle & Cork. The self-proclaimed “greatest rock and roll bar in the world,” the Bottle & Cork hosts dozens of top name performers each and every summer and is known throughout the region for being the “go to place” (along with the Freeman Stage in Fenwick Island) in coastal Delaware for great entertainment. Located on Route 1 in the heart of the resort, the Bottle & Cork is definitely Dewey Beach’s most well known landmark.


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