Seaford celebrates its 150th anniversary

By Lynn R. Parks

Chuck and Linda Resau recently moved to western Sussex County from Culpepper, Va. On Saturday, they took advantage of the downtown walking tour set up to celebrate the 150th birthday of Seaford to learn a little bit about their new home. As part of the tour, the Bridgeville couple visited the Seaford Museum.

"This is our first time here," said Linda Resau. "We are surprised at how big it is. And at all of the original items that they have here. It is very interesting."

The walking tour, for which the museum was the starting point, had 34 stops along High, N. Pine, N. Cannon, N. Front and S. Conwell streets. Highlights included the Hiram Masonic Lodge building, home to Your Sister's Closet, the Odd Fellows Building, where the Bon Appetit restaurant is located, the fire hall, city hall and St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

The tour was held in conjunction with the Towne and Country Fair, located on the grounds of the Ross Mansion and sponsored by the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce. There were arts and crafts booths, food vendors and entertainment. The Historical Vintage Car Club of Delaware held a show at the Towne & Country Fair and there were a number of antique tractors parked on the front lawn.

Children's activities were set up in the granary behind the Ross Mansion. Outside, children played with hoops and sticks. Brothers Dylan and Devon Milburn, nine and eight years old and students at Blades Elementary School, said that they were enjoying the toys.

"We get to have fun playing with sticks," Devon said. But he couldn't talk long. He was off to a game booth, to try to win a goldfish.

Inside the granary were displays of essays and drawing by students in the Seaford School District, done for a contest sponsored by the Seaford Historical Society to celebrate the town's birthday. Younger students drew maps of where they live; older students wrote essays on a variety of topics, including "A Day in the Life of a Seaford Workers," "Seaford in the Future" and "Seaford Long Ago." Ninth graders wrote and recorded essays based on interviews done in 1976 of influential people in Seaford. Eleventh and 12th graders in the digital media class at Seaford High recorded portrayals of famous people in local history.

Dustin Yoder of Greenwood was at the fair with his son, Aiden, two and a half. "We are enjoying the day," Dustin said, as Aiden focused on a peanut butter fudge crunch ice cream cone.

Nearby, Robby and Laurie Elben, Denton, lounged in the grass while their four-year-old daughter, Lily, enjoyed a dish of chocolate ice cream. Initially, Lily was using a spoon to get the frozen treat to her mouth. Then, her mother showed her how to dip a french fry in the chocolate confection. Delicious.

"We got some ice cream and that's always a good thing," Laurie said.

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