Smyrna, Clayton, and Woodland Beach

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Smyrna, Clayton, and Woodland Beach, Delaware, share a history born from early settlers with big dreams, landowners who helped grow their importance on the regional stage, and industries that shaped the local economy. The story of these communities is wrapped around transportation, great location, and fertile agricultural soil. Smyrna, beginning as the settlement of Salisbury and then Duck Creek Village, sprang up on its river namesake before moving to Duck Creek Crossroads, where it continued to thrive. Large steamers regularly docked in Smyrna Landing to take shipments of grain, fertilizer, and even passengers to Philadelphia. The installation of the train depot, called Smyrna Station, cemented the importance for a renewed generation of history by almost instantly creating the town of Clayton. To the east, Woodland Beach enjoyed a surge of popularity, boasting a Ferris wheel, dance hall, and beer garden.
ISBN: 9781467120333
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Delaware
Series: Images of America
Images: 180
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The author, Jess Hansen, always captivated by local history, was raised just outside of Smyrna near Woodland Beach. After graduating from Smyrna High School and then the University of Delaware with a degree in history, she moved to Clayton. A regular at the Delaware Public Archives, she compiled the majority of the images from their extensive collections along with photographs from the Duck Creek Historical Society.
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