The Wading Place

The Wading Place (HM7MI)

Location: Laurel, DE 19956 Sussex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 33.484', W 75° 34.183'

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Here was Laurel's ancient "Wading Place", a ford for Native Americans and colonial settlers. Broad Creek crosses this fall in its flow to the Nanticoke River and Chesapeake Bay. For centuries, the Nanticoke Indians, an Algonquin people, lived in the Nanticoke Watershed, within which Broad Creek is an important tributary. Here were oak and cedar, marsh and creek, bass and perch, deer and wolves. Until 1775 this area was part of Maryland. In the 18th Century events here reflected pressures to the south at Chicone, an Indian Town near present day Vienna. In 1725, Maryland's General Assembly found that the Nanticoke Indians upon some Disgust through Injurys done them by the English removed higher up the River about twenty years A place Called broad Creek which was afterwards in the year 1711 purchased for them" with 3,000 acres being set aside as a reservation. As the pressure of English settlement continued to increase, many of the Nanticokes migrated up the Susquehanna River to live under the protection of the Iroquois Confederation. The reservation lands were formally abandoned in 1768. Old Sailor's Path between The Wading Place and Bethel, Rossakutm Creek, and Tussocky Branch at Portsville, are memories of the Nanticoke Age. The Wading Place is the center of today's Broad Creek Greenway from Trap Pond to the Nanticoke River.
HM NumberHM7MI
Marker NumberSC-182
Year Placed2004
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 11:12am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 450361 N 4267890
Decimal Degrees38.55806667, -75.56971667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 33.484', W 75° 34.183'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 33' 29.04" N, 75° 34' 10.98" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201 Delaware Ave, Laurel DE 19956, US
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