Ice skating on a pond near Wyoming in 1909

December 21, 2021

Tuesday, Dec. 21 this year marks the winter solstice - with the year’s fewest hours of daylight and the official first day of winter. The winter season, which brings Delaware’s coldest temperatures, will continue until the vernal equinox and the first day of spring on March 21.

Though Delaware’s winters in recent years have not been cold enough for much ice skating, this picture postcard from 1909, showing skaters on a pond near Wyoming - south of Dover - reminds us of winters past when freezing temperatures have changed our landscape to something more reminiscent of traditional, cold-country winters.

  • Delaware Cape Region History in Photographs, published every Tuesday in the Cape Gazette, features historical photos from Delaware's Cape Region - particularly - and from throughout Sussex County and Delaware generally.

    Readers are invited to submit photos of historic interest. They can be mailed to the Cape Gazette at PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958, or via email to

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