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wilmington celebrates the old and the new

Rich history and stunning views surround you.

The largest city in Delaware, Wilmington offers a wonderful mix of urban and suburban living. Known for its rich history and beautiful architecture, Wilmington is a celebration of new and old coming together. 

The Riverfront, created from a former shipyard, is one of the city’s newest and most popular hotspots. From cultural museums to world-class restaurants and gorgeous parks, you’ll never run out of things to do. And if you just want to unplug and relax, there’s a cute little cafe for that too. In fact, there are quite a few of them.

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Wilmington's Rich History

The area now known as Wilmington was originally settled by the Lenape band in 1609. Eventually settlers and traders from the Swedish South Company built the first Swedish settlement in North America. During the British colonization, it was renamed Wilmington after British Prime Minister Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington.

The greatest growth in the city occurred during the Civil War due to Delaware being a border state. Wilmington was also once the last stop on the Underground Railroad. 

Today, nine historic districts flourish alongside popular performance venues, museums, restaurants and gardens.

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