Photographs from the Newark Historical Society

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Newark was founded primarily as a farming community of Scots-Irish, English, and Welsh immigrants in the early 1700s near the intersection of two Native American trails. Since that time, Newark has transformed into a bustling college town that still maintains a small-town feel. The 1767 arrival of the academy founded by Francis Alison inspired the town’s growth, and the small academy eventually grew into the University of Delaware. The arrival of industries, particularly along White Clay Creek, also helped encourage Newark’s growth into the third-largest city in the state. By the early 20th century, Main Street emerged as the retail center of town. Many of the images included here depict some of the early businesses that served Newark residents and document the shift from horse-drawn carriages to automobiles as well as the expansion of the University of Delaware.
ISBN: 9781467107167
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Delaware
Series: Images of America
Images: 155
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The images in this collection are largely taken from the holdings of the Newark Historical Society unless otherwise noted and include never before published images of Newark. A lifelong Newark resident, Theresa Hessey is a digital collections librarian at the University of Delaware’s Morris Library. She was appointed secretary of the Newark Historical Society in the fall of 2019 and was elected to serve through May 2022.
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