Town of Blades

Town of Blades (HM2JW5)

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N 38° 38.273', W 75° 36.59'

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Situated on the banks of the Nanticoke River, the town of Blades was first known as "Bladesville" and named for the Blades family. James Blades, an early railroad pioneer, purchased a tract of land which extended to present day High and Market Streets. A Methodist church and elementary school were established circa 1870 to serve the growing community comprised of farmers and other laborers who worked in nearby Seaford. Bladesville was chartered as a Delaware community by the Delaware General Assembly in 1910, with Henry Riggin serving as the first mayor. On March 10, 1915, Bladesville's formal incorporation as the "Town of Blades" was approved by the state legislature. Expansion of the town positively affected business, with residents involved in various commercial enterprises including grocery stores, factories, and the trucking industry. A town post office operated at Market and Second Streets until 1929, at which time it was closed and joined with the Seaford Post Office. In 1934, the Blades Volunteer Fire Company was organized and was first located on West High Street; a more modern station was constructed on East Fifth Street in 1974. One of the most noteworthy community organizations was the Blades Concert Band which was organized, trained, and conducted by Mr. Charles Robinson. The town is believed to have been the first in Delaware

to elect a woman, Mrs. Margaret Hastings, to the office of mayor in 1947. Blades remains an active community committed to preserving a tranquil way of life in Sussex County.
HM NumberHM2JW5
Year Placed2015
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
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Date Added Sunday, August 25th, 2019 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 446925 N 4276769
Decimal Degrees38.63788333, -75.60983333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 38.273', W 75° 36.59'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 38' 16.38" N, 75° 36' 35.4" W
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