Delaware – For the First Time

There are only a handful of states we’ve RV’d so far that I have NEVER been to in any way. Delaware was the first on this trip, but it won’t be the last.

And that’s not the only first about Delaware. 

Delaware Firsts:

New Castle, DE is the very place that William Penn first landed in America. You know, the guy they named an entire state after.  PENNsylvania.

June 15th, 1776 – Delaware separated from Pennsylvania and the British Crown becoming the FIRST “state” in the Union.

December 7th, 1787 – Delaware became the first of the 13 colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

We got to visit New Castle during the Separation Day Festival complete with parade and events right in downtown New Castle, founded in 1640!

Nemours Estate and DuPont

Nemours Estate was a lovely peek into the history of the DuPont family and the tremendous impact they have had on our everyday lives. Products such as Corian, neoprene, nylon, Kevlar, Tyvek, and even Styrofoam were invented by this monumental company. 

But even more than that, it gave a hint that family drama is nothing new and definitely a tale as old as time.

I even felt like I was walking around in an episode of Bridgerton!

Alfred Du Pont built Nemours Mansion for his second wife and committed to adding every possible modern convenience for the era. Built in 1909 and 1910, the home included a central vacuum, an ice making room, water filtration system, photography dark room, elevator, and a power generator. Of course, it helps when the owner went to MIT (didn’t graduate) and was friends with Thomas Edison.

The sprawling grounds are now also home to the Nemours Children’s Hospital.

Lums Pond State Park

Lums Pond State Park is a great campground with super roomy spaces and tons of activities from Ziplining, boating, horseback riding, biking and so much more.

Oh, and don’t forget your live bate for fishing…

We enjoyed one of the multi-use trails and discovered some very tasty, hopefully not toxic, berries (probably mulberry???). 

And that wasn’t the only bike trail we got to ride. We enjoyed another first – my first solo motorcycle ride through some beautiful small town roads. There may or may not have been one small crash from a very slow starting speed causing a bent shifter and very bruised knee but we won’t talk about that…

Now I’ll leave you with a reminder to do SOMETHING for the first time…