Visitors Nostalgia & Memories

(Archive #24: December 1, 2005 to December 31, 2005 entries)

HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 19:03:24 (EST)
Happy New Year to everyone on Would love to be in the "Big W" (as Mitch Thomas used to say) to celebrate. Instead, I will be at a party in Fort Pierce, FL. Luckily, lots of old Wilmington people will be there.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 18:14:53 (EST)
Marge, we're both right. Norman Shames was located on Maryland Ave and Samuel Shames was at 28th and Washington...
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 13:18:51 (EST)
NEWARK, DE USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 09:17:16 (EST)
I thought Dr. Shames the dentist was located in Richardson Park. Maybe I'm wrong.
Marge <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 07:53:04 (EST)
Will Wilmington celebrate New Years eve tomorrow night? I shall have a bit of the bubbly, think of friends, so missed, so dear to me and will begin to assemble all documents required to pay Mass. taxes, City taxes,FED Taxes, put on a DVD, The Sound of Music, and send my love to all here who have fond memories of growing up in the 1st City of the 1st State. Sleep warm! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Friday, December 30, 2005 at 23:24:37 (EST)
Yes, I distinctly remember Ponsell's at 27th & Washington, and Tigue's at 28th. I believe the dental office of Dr. Shames was above Tigue's in the same building.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Friday, December 30, 2005 at 14:28:59 (EST)
...and Fell's was at the corner of Concord and Monroe.
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Friday, December 30, 2005 at 10:27:40 (EST)
If Tigues was at 28th and Washington, then Ponsell's must have been at 27th and Washington.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, December 30, 2005 at 10:03:32 (EST)
The name rings a bell so that must be it.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, December 30, 2005 at 10:02:17 (EST)
Tigue's Drugstore was at the corner of 28th and Washington Sts.
Jim King <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 21:15:31 (EST)
Connie, would you be thinking of Tigue's Drug Store?
Patricia S. LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 15:17:38 (EST)
Does anyone remember the name of the Pharmacy next door to Dr Sortman's office? I think he was at 29th and Washington.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 13:52:46 (EST)
Marylou Ponsell was a friend and fellow graduate of mine at PS in 1952. Ponsell's was indeed up around 28th and Washington. Louis Stromwasser's drug store moved up to that same neighborhood in the middle 1950's. Louis Drugs had been at the corner of Jefferson and Concord, across from the Garfield statue, in the late 1940's and early 1950's. Because of its pinball machine, Louis' place was a popular hang-out for the neighborhood teen gang (often to the annoyance of Louis, who we called "Louie") back then.
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 10:02:40 (EST)
There was a PONSELL's Drug Store on the uneven number side of Washington Street, perhaps somewhere around 28th and Washington.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 09:18:50 (EST)
Can anyone tell me where Ponsell's drug store was located. I was reading the 1960 Wilm City directory yesterday, and my late uncle, Henry Mendenhall, was employed there in 1960. I never realised that. He was also a 1954 grad of PS Dupont.
Sean Kirkpatrick <>
Wilmington, De USA - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 09:01:59 (EST)
I'm catching up on my reading. The old musty bookstore (a perfect discription) was on the corner of 12th and Orange. As I think about it and try to visualize that block, I think it was mid block between Orange and Tatnel, on an "alleyway". I used to take the Arden bus home and if I missed the 3:15, I would kill the hour till the next one in that bookstore. Amazing how many times I missed that bus. I still have a couple of cookbooks that I bought there.
michael mullins <>
wallkill, ny USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 16:53:16 (EST)
I've been trying to remember the rest of the strip mall between Veal-Wilson-Murphy-Byrd and Silverside, along Marsh. Custler's Pharmacy was in the center. From the left there was a beauty parlor, a licquer store, Custler's, the Gormet Shop (a deli with a "grocery store" with exotics, I think a realitor, and on the right end a barber shop. I think there was another store to the right but I can't remember it.
michael mullins <>
wallkill, ny USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 16:41:27 (EST)
the observation post on the roof of Gailey's was part of the "Cround Observer Corps". It was connected to the Civil Defense Center in Delaware City, in the old coastal defense system tunnels.
michael mullins <>
wallkill, ny USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 16:33:50 (EST)
I think it was Suburban Hardware and it may have been Silverside Hardware before that. If I'm not mistaken, the Rietdorf family owned it.
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, SC USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 14:49:36 (EST)
Ah, yes, from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) tower on the top of the Esso station. Do you remember any of the names of the hardware store that used to be on the corner of Marsh and Silverside? I used to live at the "Buggy" in the early 60's.
Phil <>
Wilmington , De USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 14:24:52 (EST)
Speaking of bars with "Horse" in their name, there was the Horse & Buggy on Marsh Road - I could walk to it back then. Earlier on (back in the 50s) on the same side of Marsh but closer to Silverside Road was Cutsler's Pharmacy and Gailey's Esso. Used to report the airplane sightings from atop Gailey's roof circa 1954.
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, SC USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 14:10:11 (EST)
I THINK Al's Horse's Tail was between 4th & 5th on Shipley. I'm not sure about anything, anymore. :)
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 09:50:38 (EST)
Fooled me too - I thought it was a nickname for Shipley - learn something every day; wasn't the Horse's Tail on Shipley?
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, SC USA - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 09:05:28 (EST)
My cousin, Jack Mackey, is visiting our area from Wilmington. He is a PS duPont graduate from the late 40's and pitched for their baseball team. He married Mitzi Perkins who also was a PS graduate. Does anyone remember who his catcher was? He told me, but I forgot.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 19:40:27 (EST)
OK, gotcha. I checked the map, found Chippey, and that puts it closer yet to where I thought it was. Thanks for setting me straight.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 19:33:59 (EST)
NEWARK, DE USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 17:10:54 (EST)
from the net - re: PACKET ALLEY - Collecting Delaware Books - Top Collectible Delaware Books Elisabeth Meg: Packet Alley. 1951. Juvenile fiction with a historical theme, set in old New Castle. Charles A. Silliman: A Time to Remember: 1920-1960. ... - 14k - Cached - Similar pages [ More results from ]
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 09:46:37 (EST)
As I was saying..... the name sounds familiar, so it may have been at 12th & Shipley, thanks again. Anyone from Wilm. High, Class of 1949? There's a 1949 WHS Commencement Program on Ebay right now, if you're interested: item #7733942211
Bruce <>
Wilmington, De USA - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at 09:33:13 (EST)
WILMINGTON, DE USA - Monday, December 26, 2005 at 22:07:30 (EST)
Speaking of bookstores, when I was going to Brown Voc. (late 50's), sometimes at lunchtime, I'd walk up to 13th & Orange where, on the NW corner, there was an old, musty bookstore with shelves and shelves of old books, and books piled on tables and on the floor. I'd get so engrossed in those books that many times, I was late getting back to class. Does anyone remember that bookstore? I have no idea what the name was. I'm pretty sure that is the location where the store was.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, December 26, 2005 at 08:55:45 (EST)
I love reading the nostalgia forum when it's working at its best, beginning with Donata's recall of Strawbridge's book department and all the subsequent postings about book stores. Having read some of the comments I can now barely recall the Greenwood Book Store being on Market Street. I also think about the Paperbook Gallery on Orange Street betweeen 9th and 10th Streets, the first store that I was aware of to offer quality paperback books. And speaking of the Brandywine Springs, there is a very interesting book, "Brandywine Springs Amusement Park: Echoes Of The Past" by Mark R. Lawlor, 1991, M&M Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware that someone gave me as a gift several years ago. It may still be available at some of the local bookstores for anyone who had further interest in that subject.
Tom Kolasinski <>
Glendale, AZ USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 20:13:32 (EST)
Thanks, Larry, for the URL for Friends Of Brandywine Springs. Other than a postcard here or there, I've never seen much info about the park on the internet, and I'd never seen the layout. The map on the website shows that it was much larger than I ever thought it was. To our webmaster: is this, or should this URL be pasted on the site somewhere? Happy Holidays to all on this site, and best wishes for the new year.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 19:28:14 (EST)
Yes, Debbie, I passed by the Lord De La Warr hundreds of times over the years and watched it deteriorate. It had a great department store next to it for several years called Shoppers Fair. Did a lot of Christmas shopping there. Thanks Wayne for that great Brandywine Springs Park site. It appeared to be quite the place to go in its day. A little before my time. Just a little. Merry Christmas to all.
Ray Zelano <>
New Castle, De USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 16:30:22 (EST)
Thanks Shirl, I too, wish hugs to all who enjoy this site. Best wishes to our Webmaster who has been responsible for lots of smiles, a few tears and so many memory jogs. Cheers!
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 15:54:50 (EST)
I believe the Booketeria is still in Newark, on Cleveland Avenue. Before we get too tied up in the busyness of the season, I wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, or Happy Hannukah, whichever applies. Whatever you believe, let's remember to try to practice "PEACE ON EARTH, GOODWILL TO ALL MANKIND", no matter where you live, or what religion you believe in.....God Bless Us, Everyone! Shirl
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 15:18:16 (EST)
Reading the item about Greenwood Bookstore brought a flood of very pleasent memories. Does anyone remember a book, "Packet Alley", about 2 young children who meet an old dutch ghost in historic New Castel?
michael mullins <>
wallkill, ny USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 13:00:09 (EST)
I have a very distant memory of us driving by the Lord de la Warr Motor Lodge in Minquedale, and seeing beautifully dressed young people in formal attire descending those spiral steps. I assumed they were going to a prom. I thought "what a snazzy motel"! I watched the place go downhill over the years and was happy to see it become a gleaming new Mega-Wawa! Just yesterday, 40-some years later, I realized that those boys and girls were maybe on the way to a wedding. If you figure parents back then wouldn't have tolerated their teenagers checking into a motel the way some do today!
Debbie <>
Roslyn, PA USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 12:35:45 (EST)
to PAT LAVAN and BOB - Now that you mention it, I remember going into a small book shop next to the library.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 08:42:42 (EST)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 07:52:10 (EST)
The first book I ever bought in Wilmington was purchased in 1949 from the Greenwood Book Shop when it was wedged in the alley between the Library and the Delaware Trust Building. The shop later moved to the Market Street side of the Building, and what happened to it after that I have no recollection. The title of the book was "The Jungle is Neutral" which was an account of the guerilla war between the British and the Malayan insurgents right after WWII. Soon after that, I bought another book from the Greenwood, called "The Lost World of Quintana Roo", which was an account of the known Mayan ruins in Southeastern Mexico. I still have both books.
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 07:18:02 (EST)
Bill Fisher: The Hunter Cafeteria! Of course, I hadn't thought of that place in years. Indeed, I had many a lunch there. It was in the Delaware Trust Bldg. Lots of Hercules and duPont employees ate there. I left Wilm. in 1961. Worked at duPont from 1953 until 1961. Anyway, the Greenwood Book Shop was there previous to the Hunter. Thanks for the memory.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 20:34:59 (EST)
Pat LeVan: the Greenwood Book Shoppe is listed on Harry's 1948 roster of Market Street businesses at 912 Market. On the 1961 listng, it suddenly became the Hunter Cafeteria. I left Wilmington in 1960, and I seem to recall both businesses at that location, so perhaps it moved to Greenville in the mid-50's???
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA United States - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 20:17:04 (EST)
Books, INC. was in Powder Mill Square, in Greenville. I was heartbroken when they closed. Bought a lot of books there. I love to support small business when I can. I may be off by a couple of years, but it closed in the 90's.
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 19:29:43 (EST)
Perhaps I am just a wee bit older than most of you; however, I remember the Greenwood Book Shop being on Market St. between 9th and 10th on the east side of the street. Seems to me that it was sandwiched in between the Del. Trust Bldg. and the Library with the entrance in a little alley way. Also, there was a tea room there. This was in the 40's and 50's. Anyone out there in nostalgia land remember this?
Patricia LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 19:25:07 (EST)
In the 1975 directory there was a BOOKS INCORPORATED at 3826 Kennett Pike and one at Greenville DE (they may both be the same, I couldnt make it out by the ad) there were 2 phone numbers - 652 2617 and 652 3209
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 18:18:13 (EST)
Wasn't Books, Inc. one of the major downtown stores until it moved out to Greenville sometime in the early 80s? There is the Ninth St. Book Shop still downtown today -- it carries quite a selection of locally-based volumes. Is anyone familiar with the poety of Antonia Bissell Laird of Chadds Ford? I have her collection _Back of Beyond_ and _A Tapestry of Thought_.
Donata Guerra <>
Cary, NC USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 17:47:39 (EST)
For Susan re: St. Eliz students... I do have a younger sister, Lisa, who graduated from Ursuline Academy in '75, so I doubt she may be the one you recalled from St. E's. She graduated from George Washing U. and is now an attorney in Houston (along with an attorney husband, and two of four daughters in law school). Also, Franny was not a relative of ours. St. Elizabeth's really has expanded in the past few years. It has such a loyal alumni and parent base! For Carol re: Mrs. Perotti... I think her son was majoring in psychology at the U. of Del., wasn't he? Mrs. Perotti was a wonderful person and extremely encouraging. She must have shared some spiritual connection to the likes of Vivaldi! Yes, Italian Americans have accomplished much with their strong work ethic. Re tiny snails: I've seen a few here in NC, too. Sincerely, Donata
Donata Lewandowski Guerra <>
Cary, NC USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 17:42:11 (EST)
Regarding several entries from Bruce, Ray and Wayne around Dec. 6-7 - Brandywine Springs Park - The Friends of Brandywine Springs have a very interesting site on the history and excavations at the old park.
Larry <>
Wilmington, De USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 15:51:15 (EST)
Donna Guerra, was your piano teacher Dora Perotti? The Perotti's lived behind us on 3rd Street. Their backyard faced ours and I could hear Mrs. Perotti playing piano. The DiGenova's also lived on 3rd Street. Joe is a former US attorney and he is frequently on CNN. His mother was an opera singer and a fine pianist. The had a Grand piano in their living room, which always impressed and awed me back in the 1950's. These accomplished musicians were first generation Italian-Americans who were already doing pretty well for themselves for having had parents who came right off the boat. And the second generation (Joe's and my group) did even better. We should all be grateful for the wonderful opportunities we had growing up in Wilmington.
Carol Merlini <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italia - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 10:30:08 (EST)
The GREENWOOD BOOK SHOP, INC "expanding with Wilmington since 1920" 110 W 9th Street was listed in the 1975 Wilmington directory. I have later directories and will check them and get back to you.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 09:10:03 (EST)
I'm with Barb. We have been blessed in Wilmington with the various ethnic groups, and their contributions to our cultural deposit. These immigrants to Wilmington have brought many fine traditions and some excellent food.
Sean <>
Wilmington , De USA - Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 09:09:33 (EST)
The parents of a schoolmate of mine (a year ahead of me at Mt. Pleasant) were killed in the crash of the Pan Am 707 near Elkton. Her mom used to play bridge with my mom. Very sad.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 20:41:30 (EST)
Tom: a check of the Wilmington phone book doesn't show a listing for the Greenwood Book Store, so I can only assume that it has passed on into history. Susan, On December 08, 1963, Pan Am Flight 214, a Boeing 707, was struck by lightning and crashed into a field near (east of) Elkton, MD (just off of Rte. 40), killing all 81 pasengers on board. No one on the ground was killed.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 20:34:07 (EST)
Happy Winter Solstice, Merry Christmas, and Happy Hannukah. First day of winter in Minneapolis means fewer daylight hours. For Donna Lewandowski, any relations to a Franny and/or Lisa Lewandowski. I went to St. Elizabeth grade and high schools in the 70s and early 80s and recall those two very handsome individuals. And, for the matter of St. E's, I welcome any comments from those of us who attended/graduated from St. Es. (If you send a personal email, please be very specific in the subject matter about who you are or else I will not open it.) My mother and other relatives also graduated from the school prior to the 60s. As for the individual who is seeking information regarding a "microburst" in the mid 60s. I believe that may be the same storm which caused a plane crash and fatalities in or near Elkton, MD. Some research with the Wilmington News-Journal probably would result in photographs, etc.
Susan Ciconte <>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 19:15:28 (EST)
As I recall, Wilmington has, like so many other Cities, always had ethnic communities. The Polish, the Italians, a large Jewish Comunity, a Greek enclave & African- Americans. This is why, I believe, my Dad felt so deeply about tolerance. He was from Scotland and if my brothers even hinted a slur, they received the back of his hand. He would regale us about the day he became a US Citizen. Tolerance and a good sense of humor, he would tell us, "will ge ye bonnie friends".
Barb <>
peabody, MA USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 16:32:33 (EST)
Tom, I do remember the Strawbridge's book area, too. Got some great adolescent bios of Marie Antoinette and Catherine the Great there. Did any of the posters experience giving piano recitals in the large department stores? My teacher, Mrs. Perotti, was able to use a large room with stage and piano for these events.
Donata Guerra <>
Cary, NC USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 16:07:24 (EST)
Hi, Sam, Carol's right -- there's a huge Italian-American populace in Wilmington. Come visit me down here in the South, and there's nary a soul. The Italian neighborhood in Wilmington is justly famous (so renowned that I wrote a screenplay "Hoagie Wars" and based the story in this area and among these people). Maybe I'll raise enough money in the future to put it into production and bring a crew to Wilmington to film. REMEMBER, FOLKS, WHEN THE BRUCE WILLIS FLICK FELL THROUGH? -- that one was to have a few scenes shot on Harrison Avenue near the old Polish neighborhood where my late Aunt Frances Lewandowski used to live. Also, Sam, we devoted quite a bit of time to a discussion of the Anglo-Saxon Protestant ethos around Franklin Street and out along Delaware Avenue toward Rockwood Park (I think Harry should catalogue those discussions as they were quite scholarly, involving literature, manners, and sensibilities).
Donata Lewandowski Guerra <>
Cary, NC USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 16:03:49 (EST)
One more thing, Patriots! Your country, which includes the State of Delaware, City of Wilmington, was discovered by an Italian, Cristoforo Colombo and named for another Italian, Amerigo Vespucci. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone and to the guys who are behaving like Ebenezer Scrooge, "lighten up".
Carol Merlini <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 15:52:58 (EST)
The department store book section Donata was recalling was the one at Strawbridge & Clothier's. The one at Wanamaker's was on the second floor adjacent to the elevator. And speaking of bookstores I don't suppose the Greenwood Book Store near 9th & Shipley Sts exists any more. Probably went the way of so many independent booksellers.
Tom Kolasinski <>
Glendale , AZ USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 15:38:18 (EST)
There are posts about Italy on the site because of the large Italian-American population that was born and raised in Wilmington. The families of most of them come from right here in this part of Italy where I am living and we had a close knit community in Wilmington while we were all growing up as first and second generation Italians. I have received personal email from some of the Italian-Americans who post on this site telling me they enjoy reading my contributions. Our early recollections of Wilmington were of things Italian in our Italian neighborhoods on the West side. There is nothing anyone else can say in this forum that will change that fact. Italians were and still are a big part of the Wilmington scene.
Carol Merlini <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 15:36:41 (EST)
Donna, you might appreciate this little tid-bit. The other day, out of the blue, I noticed a cute, baby Snail with a charming shell that seemed to just appear on my kitchen wall. I wondered how it got there and was advised by my friend that it came in on the fresh bunch of Swisschard I had purchased that morning. There are two kinds of Snails. Earth Snails (Escargot) are from France. The Italian Snails come from the Sea. You learn something every day. Anyway, I didn't disturb it. It's still there on my wall. Occasionally, I get some willowy spiders in the high ceilings in my kitchen and I also don't disturb them. Gives me the back-to-nature feeling that I like about living in the Old Country.
Carol Merlini <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 09:29:23 (EST)
Any thoughts on the Brandywine River Museum losing Wyeth's Helga pictures with their sale by the Japanese owner who had them on loan to the museum? For my money, while the paintings were wonderful and Wyeth himself is a national treasure, I thought Helga was a little on the homely side. ;-)
Donata <>
Cary, NC USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 00:26:48 (EST)
Hi, everyone! My mother and I were trying to remember which store, Strawbridge's or Wanamakers, hosted the Girl Scout Shop. For some reason, I imagine it upstairs at Strawbridges. Does anyone recall a divine book section in Wanamakers, suspended on a floor between ground level and basement? How about the food section in the basement of Wanamakers? I remember buying caviar there back in the late 60s to do a "taste test" over the Christmas holidays. I'm just about ready myself for the Season, having made about 70 dozen of a Piedomtese specialty, agnelotti, (little raviolis) for Christmas dinner. These are served with a light tomato sauce (no meatballs or tomatoe skins and heavy veggies floating around for these Alpine folks). Too bad I don't have the truffles to go on top! Speaking of Christmas in Italy, I enjoyed just one -- in 1972. My husband and I were sophomores at Swarthmore, and his parents were living in El Salvador at the time. However, his dad sent us off to Northern Italy to visit an uncle and grandmother. I was struck at how non-commercial the Christmas season was. This was also my first introduction to Panettone. Ever since, we attend midnight Mass, and then break open the Panettonne box and a bottle of Champagne. Happily my mother-in-law is able to keep my husband supplied with his precious marrons glacees as well during this season. That is a nice thing about food in Italy -- everything is attuned to the season. When we were there in Autumn, it was frog season, and the little critters were all over the place -- in the road and on plates!
Donata Lewandowski Guerra <>
Cary, NC USA - Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at 00:22:28 (EST)
Deborah, Thanks for your post. Your mentioning "panoramic view" reminds me of the dozens of times Hubby & I, while driving home to Wilmington from visiting our Daughter up here, at night, clear nights, the view of Wilmington from the Memorial Bridge is breathtaking. Tired after 7 hrs.we always felt uplifted at this beautiful scene.
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 10:18:50 (EST)
Robert Hall also opened a second store on Greenbank Road in back of the Prices Corner Pep Boys. Still remember some of the jingle from their radio ad. The Values go up, up, up and the prices go down, down, down. Robert Hall this season will show you the reason, low overhead, low overhead.
Fred Best <>
Wilm, DE USA - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 09:38:07 (EST)
Sam, Dave, Connie et al - I remember being hired by the downtown Post Office to deliver the Holiday mail. In 1952, I had a foot route down around 4th and Madison, and there was an unbelievable cold spell. Nearly froze my fingers off trying to stuff big Christmas Cards into tiny front door mail slots. In 1953, I drove one of those National Guard 2.5 ton trucks for mail deliveries on Market Street between 11th and 16th. Although it was warmer, it was still tough because of the traffic and because I really didn't have the faintest idea of how to drive the damned thing. Needless to say, I learned fast. And an aside to Joe Mosbrook: I saw your name on a Jean Shepherd (the late radio raconteur)website re: a phony book he had written called "I, Libertine." I think it was for a radio interview you did with Shepherd.
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 07:44:40 (EST)
Well folks, I was in Wilmington on Dec. 14-17 attending the funeral of a very dear friend of mine who lived in Rehoboth Beach. Her service was held at Church of the Holy Child on Naamans Road and she was buried at Silverbrook. I have not been in Wilmington in many years, and I was astounded at all the changes. Besides the emotion of the funeral, I was overcome with so many memories, and the fact that I was having a very difficult time figuring out where I was because of the interstate system and new roads. By the time I left I was just beginning to grasp the enormity of it all! At one point we passed by the area where the old Dravo buildings used to be. I have noticed several comments regarding the post office on this site. My Dad worked at the Wilmington Post Office most of his life, Sid Walker. He worked downtown most of the time, but at one point the post office was outgrowing itself so some divisions were moved to the Dravo building. I remember picking my Dad up down there, being so scared to death of that area. Now, it is called The Waterfront I believe, and is a bustling lively area. The panoramic view of downtown Wilmington brought tears to my eyes and memories long lost were brought forward. My husband and I are planning on a return trip in the Spring, I simply have to walk the streets again. To this day, when I use the word "home" Wilmington comes to mind. I never really left, and maybe, just maybe, I will be back at some point. I also remember the old Robert Hall clothing store on Market Street, my Mom used to buy all my coats there. Reminiscing is soul-food!
Deborah Collins <>
Lebanon, VA USA - Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 22:17:14 (EST)
Yes, you are right it was horisk but, M. Duffy did work for them but later he had his our meat market at Lovering & Scott--Closic baby furniture store was also on Del ave and lincoln
Jean <usa>
wilm, de USA - Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 21:05:26 (EST)
AH, it was Horisk's where the "boss" spent his money. Re mailmen, I agree, they were known by their names and were our friends.
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 13:45:19 (EST)
Connie, remember when, the rest of the year - outside of Christmastime, the Post Office delivered mail twice a day? I lived north of the city, and our mailman, "Frank", would ride out on the trolley every morning, from the Wilm. Post Office, and deliver mail to his whole route in the AM - walking the whole route. Picking up his deliveries from the mail drop-boxes. Then taking the trolley back into the Wilm. Post Office around noon, and coming out again in the afternoon with a complete second delivery. You would receive mail in the morning, and write a response or a check, and get it out in the afternoon mail, and it would be delivered downtown the next day. I'm not degrading our current mailmen, the routes are much larger and longer now, and the workload is so much more, etc., so there is no comparison - I'm just reminiscing about how nice it was to get mail twice a day back then.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 12:01:04 (EST)
Check out the 'high school colors' page. Colors for the following schools are missing - CONCORD HS, HOWARD HS, McKEAN HS, and TATNALL HS.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 08:59:59 (EST)
I remember the NATIONAL GUARD delivering our Christmas mail all hours of the day, every day of the week(in addition to the regular postal service delivery). I wonder if other states/cities did the same. We'd receive numerous deliveries each day in the week before Christmas. That was in 'the good old days' when a letter mailed today arrived tomorrow.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 08:56:09 (EST)
I was once told by a guy who worked there that Janssens was down in that area before the shops were built in Greenville. The well to do all shopped there. It was somewhere in the vicinity of Penn. Ave. & Union if I remember correctly. Although this is a couple of blocks from where you remember, it could as well have been the market. It is my understanding they carry this type of exotic merchandise. Of course that's one reason I don't know too much about the place.
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 08:52:20 (EST)
There was a very nice grocery store in the 40 acres called "Horisk's". Manus Duffy was the butcher there for years. This was back in the 40's and 50's.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 07:33:59 (EST)
Jean, I remember shopping at a shoppe at Del. Ave & I think Lincoln St. Cant't remember the name, but when the bill came in the mail the word "Victiculers" [sure this word is mispelled} was part of the formal name. Very expensive and catered to up-scale cuts of meats, and sauces made there by request. I remember my Husb. called at 1pm one thursday while I was at work to say his boss had New Yorkers on his hands after landing a hugh account & wanted them entertained. They were representing the Seagrams Building going up in NYC. & the boss would reimburse us. Wellllll, I put on a happy face and came home with Back Fin Crab meat, qt. of newberg sauce, harricots, container of Chocolate mouse, incredible homemade bread. Walt's Liquor Store was a few steps up Lincoln where Walt recommended Vouvray {two bottles} . Served a salad with Blue cheese/walnuts. Forgot appetiser, so my neighbor across the hall gave me 2 cans of artichokes, 1 can of hearts of palm and told me to make a dip with oil & wine vinegar & crackers. I had Saltines. Our guests were I think Canadien, and bless their hearts, they ate it. WAS AWFUL!! Husband served our Scotch, Rye, Bourbon, Gin{forgot olives/ onions} I grew up a little that day, But the Boss paid the bill & I became the Martha Srewart of Penna. Ave for one brief moment.After the building was completed, we were invited to the gala opening in the "big city". Such a look back! I bought Julia Child's book while up there: The Art of French Cooking. Jean, I was 24 & in love, had been told by my Hubby I was perfect. HE LIED. but it was memorable.
Barb <>
icticuler, MA USA - Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 00:52:42 (EST)
Should also mention that last Christmas, we had a live nativity scene in our main piazza with baby goats and lambs and a sweet, pregnant Donkey named Camilla. She was a big hit with the kids.
Carol <>
Pescara, PE Italy - Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 16:42:51 (EST)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 13:55:59 (EST)
Here is a new one that I haven't seen posted. Around this time of the year back in the 50's and 60's the National Guard lent their jeeps to the Post Office to pick up the mailboxes around Wilm. No side curtains nor any heater they were cold to drive but got the Christmas mail thru.
SAM <>
las vegas, NV USA - Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 13:42:27 (EST)
Carole in Italy, Did you know Sam & Dotty? He was an avid golfer and played, though he sustained a severe wound in WWII. Dotty was a wonderful home maker and they were my neighbors and friends for 27 yrs in a Condo. Not sure, but it was Sam's Bro. who owned the "Pit". Tell us how you prepare for Christmas, decorate, etc. UP here the decorations are incredible and bus tours of many, many neighborhoods are frequent and enjoyable. Not sure, but I believe Wilmington still has a Christmas "do" in Rodney Square. Was always a fun thing. Compari & soda is also a fun thing. HO,HO.
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 13:31:51 (EST)
The Sloan family bought the Pit on Concord Pike around 1960-61. They lived in Carrcroft. I was their baby-sitter.
Carol <>
Pescara, PE Italy - Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 12:46:37 (EST)
Sorry, Carol, the Charcoal Pit isn't a baby-boomer thing - the "Pit" opened in September, 1956, when the oldest of the baby-boomers was only 10 (baby boomer era started in 1946, and ran through 1964).
Bruce <>
Wilmington , Delaware USA - Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 12:13:03 (EST)
Yesterday, I was in line to make several purchaces and the gal in front & L started chatting. She said "gee, your stuff would make me happy". I then remembered when I was twelve y/o & really, really wanted a bike. I received a pink-lined wicker sewing basket instead. I smiled and mentioned it the her. She laughed out loud and told me when she asked for a doll house, she received 2 bright red flannel nightgowns. Such are the fond memories of growing up in Wilmington in a loving family who obviously had limited resources, but we kids didn't know what that meant.Never did have a bike, but did learn to hem skirts. Next door was a family who had 6 kids and they would all go to Christ Our King Church on Christmas Eve and if we could, would go with them. They would come to our Church for plays and occasionally to Christian Endeavor. The Jewish family up the street was a place ALL of us would go during their Holiday. I will never forget the aromas when we were hugged and the cookies were shared. YUP, the Ninth Ward was & always will be a cherished memory
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 11:02:19 (EST)
If the Charcoal Pit isn't about Wilmington, Paul, then I don't know what is. Perhaps you're too old to remember it. The "Pit" is a baby-boomer thing.
Carol Merlini <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 10:58:09 (EST)
Back in 1969, I enjoyed having the right to hang out at the Charcoal Pit eating cheese steaks and listening to The Archies on the juke box. The bubble-gum song, "Sugar Sugar" was real popular with the teenagers at the time. Just ask our president, George Bush. He's still listening to The Archies, LOL. Imagine that! Somebody who never grew up actually becoming president of the USA.
Carol Merlini <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 10:26:04 (EST)
Re: OLD WILMINGTON MEMORIES - Does anyone remember Miss Finley who used to travel around the elementary schools? She was much younger than her years because she only celebrated the birthdays that the calendar showed, and she was born on February 29th. She used to come to our music class and play piano and sing songs like "Little Tommy Tax" (who builds the roads, etc) and "We'll Soon Be One World" (wishful thinking about the UN) "We'll soon be one world, and won't that be fun? For with friendship to unite us, there'll be no one left to fight us, we'll be one for all and all for one." WHAT HAPPENED?
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 09:27:39 (EST)
Speaking of hobo villages, does anyone remember the blue-flamers who lived along the Brandywine under the Market Street bridge? I remember one cold night riding the trolley towards the bridge from King Street and we could see their campfires along the Brandywine.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 09:47:41 (EST)
I'm not much of a confirmationfor you Butch, about the hermit, because I was with you, but no you're not getting senial. Do you also remember the hobo village in the woods along the B&O, behind what is now Windybush III. It was just beyond Seller's fields, just far enough in the woods to be hidden. I spent many happy hours roaming through those woods, all the way up to Namens Rd.
michael mullins <>
wallkill, ny USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 17:23:13 (EST)
wilm., DE USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 15:29:34 (EST)
I grew up in Edgemoor Terrace in the 1960s. Does anybody remember a big thunderstorm that would have occurred in the summer of 1965 or 1966? It was actually (I think) a microburst. The winds were so high that we had rain blown in under the front door and beneath the window sashes, and the tower holding the electrical transformer at the end of Beekman Road was bent over in the middle at a 90-degree angle, whether by lightning or by wind I never knew (there was a picture of this in the paper the next evening). I have been trying to get a copy of the picture and accompanying article for years.
Judy Vaughan-Sterling <>
Haddonfield, NJ USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 15:00:11 (EST)
I remember THE AIRPORT INN, but don't remember anything about it. Sorry.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 09:58:29 (EST)
Does anyone remember a place called The Airport Inn down on Route 13, which flourished back in the 40's and 50's? Who owned or operated it?
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 07:29:15 (EST)
I worked part-time during the Christmas season at Wanamaker's in the early 60's while attending college. I remember the Lanvin (sp?) "Fountains Of Fragrance" that went off every hour on the second floor near the eagle statue. The lights dimmed, Christmas music played in synch with a colored, lighted fountain display that lasted for about ten minutes. It really used to put me in the holiday spirit early on but by Christmas Eve I was pretty tired of hearing it. Everytime I hear certain holiday music it still reminds me of those days.
Tom Kolasinski <>
Glendale , AZ USA - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 23:40:00 (EST)
Been away for awhile. In response to Wanamaker's, the tea room, and the Teddy Bear: Yes, I remember all that with fond memories, going to Wanamaker's with my mother and grandmother. Also, going to the children's Christmas buying area. My mother would allow her children to shop alone so that us children could do our shopping. I can remember as if it we're last week sitting near a window in the restaurant with my mother and grandmother - the images are that clear, yet this was over 30 years ago. Thanks for the memories. About the wreaths on the door. I do apologize to the webmaster for responding without a direct historical statement, however I can't resist. I hung on my front door a black wreath with an U.S. flag at half-mast on Wednesday, November 10, 2004. It remains hanging there until January 21, 2009.
Susan Ciconte <>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 16:36:30 (EST)
Still have a suitcase (in storage) which my mom got for me in , I believe, 1955. A fine store in those days; sorry it's not still around.
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, , SC USA - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 12:21:41 (EST)
I purchased a Eureka vacuum at the Augustine Cut-Off Wanamakers Dec. 19, 1990. I remember the store was in very rundown condition then, duct tape across carpet seams, just a small Christmas display, some display and overhead lights burned out; the whole store look was not what I had always remembered Wanamaker's to be. I assume this must have been near the end.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 11:58:13 (EST)
Got married in 1988 and we bought out pots and pans at Wanamakers at the Augustine Cutoff. Fred
Fred Best <>
wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 06:19:46 (EST)
I remember going to Wanny's and the teddy bear. Does anyone remember when the Augusine Cutoff store closed. I think it was opened till about 1982 or so. I think the Christiana Mall was the death knell for Wannies. I know that Christiana mall opened in 1978, but I think the Wannies at Augustine Cutoff hung on till the early 80's
Sean Kirkpatrick <>
Wilmington, De USA - Monday, December 12, 2005 at 15:43:01 (EST)
NO pictures or info about my alma mater----Ursuline Adademy. Class of 1956, we (locals, that is),still get together at least every six months; but, next year is, of course , a 50th reunion. Does anyone know the wareabouts of the girls who moved out of town?
Phyllis Ventresca <>
Wilmington, De. USA - Monday, December 12, 2005 at 13:19:15 (EST)
I remember the HUGE ELECTRIC TRAIN display on the ground floor of the SEARS at Lea Blvd and Market Streets at Christmastime. I also remember shopping at that same Sears store the Saturday before Christmas one year. We got there early and easily found a parking spot. However, we left when everyone else was arriving and it took us at least 20 minutes to get out of our parking spot and the parking lot!
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, December 12, 2005 at 01:56:30 (EST)
from "this day in DE history" - "1950 - Seven foot Christmas trees were sold at the Wilmington Ball Park for $2." (those were the days!)
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 07:44:40 (EST)
Wanamaker's was a great place to work during high school summers back in the early 1950's, particularly if you could walk to the store in the morning up 18th Street alongside the Park from the 9th Ward. PS classmates Don Walker, Don Rodenhiser, George Johnson and Jimmy Hamilton were all there at the same time as I was. In fact, sometimes we actually did stockroom work when we were not clowning around, usually harassing the ladies in the bookkeeping department.
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 07:23:26 (EST)
The bear on the swing in Wanamakers children's Dept. @ Christmas. Their Tea Room with those small sandwiches. Shields Hardware Store in Greenville. Caroling at Kentmere Nursing Home and Hot Chocolate after.
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 22:00:17 (EST)
The Lionel trains at Christmas in Rosenbaum's. the Peanut Man on Market Street. Ringling Bros. circus at the old Blue Rocks Stadium by Speakman, and later at Prices Corner. Ringlings used to unload their train down by Diamond Ice and Coal and haul their wagons up Pine Street to the stadium site. I would sit out on the sidewalk in my little chair and watch them go by our house. The carnivals (James E. Strates Shows and Royal American) at Prices Corner. Fenimore's auction at Prices Corner. The horse farm at Prices Corner. The old log cabin at Prices Corner. I used to ride my bicycle from Elsemere Manor to Prices Corner to help the carnivals and circus set up for 'free' passes.
Lon Elmer <>
Seattle, WA USA - Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 20:26:52 (EST)
On that subject, there was a Chandler's Funeral Home on Jefferson Street between ninth and 10th. The garages which housed their hearses was on 10th St facing the then Goldey Beacom Business College. I used to catch night crawlers on their front lawn for next days fishing on the Brandywine. There was a story many times repeated to me that if you looked into Chandler's basement window you could see a dead baby in a jar on his shelf. I tried to look several times, though I was afraid of the funeral home, but I never saw it because most of the time the lights were off during the night. I was wondering if anyone else had ever heard the story or could verify it or could dispel it as a neighborhood myth.
Ray Zelano <>
New Castle, De USA - Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 18:57:09 (EST)
The last wake I attented was that of my grandmothers who died at the end or the '50s. It was complete with the open casket in the living room, the whiskey in the dinning room, and the rosary at 8:00. I recall that the priest came in and said "What a fine looking corpse". It, of course, went on all night. I met many of my distant relatives there and never met many of them again.
Walt Lafferty <>
Silver Spring, MD USA - Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 07:36:46 (EST)
Does anyone recall when laying people out at home went out of style? Was there more money to be made in hosting the wakes at funeral homes?
Sean Kirkpatrick <>
Wilm, De USA - Friday, December 09, 2005 at 19:00:05 (EST)
I am about Wayne's age and I have a vivid memory of a wake in my family. The casket in the living room and food enough for the entire neighborhood in the kitchen. My great uncle was in the casket and I remember his wife wailing in an upstairs bedroom. Didn't harm my psyche, but I never forgot.
Ray Zelano <>
New Castle, De USA - Friday, December 09, 2005 at 14:15:04 (EST)
I well remember the wakes in the livingroom. Also, we used to call it hanging a "crepe" or "crape" on the door. It was always black. The deceased was never to be left alone. When the adults repaired to the kitchen for a wee bit of the Irish, a child always had to sit in the livingroom with the deceased. Once, my cousin, Veronica, had that delightful duty. She swore the corpse moved and ran screaming into the kitchen. I think she was about 8 or 9 at the time. Funny, nobody worried about damaging our psyches in those days. Guess that's why we senior citizens are so strong.
Pat (Stillwell ) LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Friday, December 09, 2005 at 12:47:04 (EST)
My father, born in 1923, said when he was growing up wakes were almost always at home in the parlor. People would stay up all night and keep vigil. They would also hang a pall on over the front door outside. Gentlemen used to wear black arm bands for I think 6 mos....not sure on that. Does anyone remember this
Sean Kirkpatrick <>
Wilmington, De USA - Friday, December 09, 2005 at 11:42:03 (EST)
I was recently reminded by an old old friend of a neighborhood living room wake in my childhood complete with body and casket. This was in about 1940 in upstate New York and not in Wilmington, and it was in the home of an Italian-American family. Maybe back in those days, funeral directors anywhere in the U. S. didn't have the "viewing rooms" that they have now. Anyone know why it was done this way?
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Friday, December 09, 2005 at 09:55:15 (EST)
Wreath on the door? How about the wake in the living room complete with deceased and casket? I'm ONLY 64 years old, and remember that.
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Friday, December 09, 2005 at 08:38:01 (EST)
wilm., DE USA - Thursday, December 08, 2005 at 18:14:25 (EST)
Motor Coach Age magazine, June-July 1985 issue states, in regards to trolleys and amusement parks in and around Wilmington: "Wilmington City Railway was the first to run electric cars in Wilmington, commencing in 1888..... The horse car lines were quickly electrified, and new routes built, including suburban lines, as were amusement parks. The Wilmington City Company had Shellpot Park where Market Street crossed Shellpot Creek, and the People's Railway built Brandywine Springs Park in that town to the southwest". This is consistant with what Wayne writes about a connection between the trolley companies and amusement parks. Providing transportation to your own park is a great way to get people to go there.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at 21:39:37 (EST)
These amusement parks, like Brandywine Springs, Shelpot Park, Deemers Beach. to name a few, although privately owned, were in some way, shape or form connected to the trolley Companies. It is my understanding that in order to draw riders for weekend business, the parks were all situated at the end of the trolley lines. I remember reading that somewhere just recently. It may have been in a book published about the history of Brandywine Springs. There was a hotel and health spa type springs there also. There is a group active right now historically excavating the area. A piece was written, in the News Journal Papers about the "resort" (it's my understanding people came from far and wide for this particular park because of its reputed theraputic values). The other parks were more in tune with local amusement. I remember in the 40s taking the bus to New Castle, boarding the ferry as a walk on passenger, crossing to New Jersey, and walking a short distance to Riverview Beach Park.
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at 18:52:54 (EST)
Speaking of the Bringhursts (and Bringhurst Woods for that matter) does anyone remember an old hermit who lived in a tar paper shack in what was then between the field where Green Acres is now and Carrcroft not far from the B & O Railroad. If anyone got near him, he's scare you off in a heartbeat. Believe me, I'm not crazy, there really was such a guy - I'm just looking for some affirmation. Thanks
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, SC USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at 14:36:41 (EST)
Webmaster, how do I go about submitting photographs for your web site? I have looked all through it and can find no place to do this. I had several of interest.
Ray Zelano <>
New Castle, De USA - Wednesday, December 07, 2005 at 11:39:12 (EST)
You are correct Bruce. It was Brandywine Springs Amusement Park. It featured a roller coaster, boat rides, train rides (later to become Greenbank Railroad), a dance pavilion, etc.
Ray Zelano <>
New Castle, De USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 17:57:12 (EST)
Ray, I believe Brandywine Springs Park was back in the late 1800's, and closed in the early 1900's. I don't have my fact books with me at the moment, but that's somewhat how I remember the history being. I don't think it was a state park, rather a private enterprise - but I've been wrong many times before. :)
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 16:24:07 (EST)
To any who may be interested. I just spent hours viewing postcards from old Wilmington which are on file at It's a University of Delaware web site and there are over 1100 postcards from Wilmington. There are many many pictures that will stir your memory. Examples, a picture of 4th St showing the store we all knew as Dry Goods was originally Woolworth's; the original Diamond Brewers advertising outside for boys to come to work for them; quite a few pictures of the old Wilson Lines; lots of photos of the Brandywine Zoo including the caption "Pavilion To the Entrance" which we called the sugar bowl for some reason; all of the original public schools and churches; many photographs of market Street and King Street and quite a few others. Whose idea was it anyway to tear down all of that unbelievably beautiful architecture. Those buildings had character. Who among you can tell me something about Brandywine Springs State Park. It apparently was a very big attraction in its day, with roller coasters and other amusement rides. All I remember was baseball fields and places for a picnic. Wherever was the observatory in Brandywine Park. I saw pictures of it and I thought I knew Brandywine Park pretty well. I never saw in observatory. Likewise, where or what was "Frogs Head" from somewhere around the Brandywine.
Ray Zelano <>
New Castle, De USA - Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at 16:13:42 (EST)
Rockwood was the home of the Bringhurst Family. Another wonderful place to visit during Christmastime is Winterthur Museum. They have their
Sean Kirkpatrick <>
Wilmington, De USA - Monday, December 05, 2005 at 11:44:10 (EST)
There you go, Harry - "C" answered the question for us. I don't know why I never thought of Rockwood Museum, they decorate all of their trees for the holiday season as you remember. Rockwood just slipped my mind completely. Thanks, "C", and happy viewing to all. :)
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 15:04:31 (EST)
The park that you want is at Shipley & Washington Ext. A County park it is where the ice crean festival is held
C Grant <ileancharles@aol'com>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 13:24:09 (EST)
I'm sure we're talking about the same place - I'll check the lights this evening. I haven't driven through the park in the evening the past few years, but the buildings visible from the Pike used to always be decorated with lights, and they haven't been for a couple (few?) years. More tomorrow.....
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 11:45:26 (EST)
Then Bruce, there must be another place in the same area. Last year MOST of the trees had lights - the trunks, the limbs - all over.___What could it be?
webmaster <>
wilmington, de USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 11:01:59 (EST)
By the location you mention, Harry, that would be Willie (William) duPont's Estate, north of North Market & Washington St. Ext.; and it's now, since about 1976, Bellevue State Park. I don't know what the decorating scheme is for this year, but in the past few years, they have cut WAY back on the decorating they do there. Once, all of the buildings used to get decorated, and the trees, etc. Not much in the way of outside lighting has been done in recent years. It probably has something to do with availability of funds (lack of).
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 10:12:22 (EST)
Last year when I went to Longwood to view the trees, only one was decorated on the drive - to see anything else you had to go onto the grounds.___I think it is Henry DuPont's estate (now a county park) up off of North Market near Washington Street Ext. where you can drive through the park to see lighted trees.___Maybe someone can help with the exact location...
webmaster <>
wilmington, de USA - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 09:02:21 (EST)
I agree with Carol. Longwood Gardens is such a gorgeous place. Remember when you didn't have to pay to get into Longwood Gardens? One of my Christmas memories from when I was growing up, was sometime during the holiday season we would drive up to Longwood and make the drive along the lane to get into the parking lot and look at all the decorated trees along their drive. There was always a parade of cars at night doing the same thing.
Mary Roepke <>
Bloomington, MN USA - Saturday, December 03, 2005 at 23:40:27 (EST)
When I last visited Longwood Gardens in Fall 1997, I imagined that if I lived nearby, I would purchase a yearly pass so that I could take my walks at Longwood every day. In addition to having a great reason to keep in excellent shape, I would have an opporunity to meet people from all over the world. Longwood truly is a unique place and it's definitely not Christmas without a visit, especially if you're from Wilmington.
Carol <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Saturday, December 03, 2005 at 08:08:18 (EST)
Many thanks for the update re: Food Network. One of the things that became a Christmas tradition was a visit to Brandywine Musemum. The roasting Chestnuts in the courtyard was always a treat. Our Dtr's in-laws fell in love with the Wyeth gallery, the beauty of Longwood @ Christmas, then a bloody Mary @ Buckley's. Being from Long Island, they were amazed @ the proximity of things historical and absolutely loved the dinner @ 8 @ Chadds Ford Inn. The next day we did Winterthur & then the decorated Crowninshield Home. Now wait, the third day, my Dtr wanted to share one of her favorite treats as a youngster, that being Mama Robino's on Union St. Having been away from Wilmington for so long, it was always a trip down memory lane when she & hubby came home.
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Thursday, December 01, 2005 at 10:27:21 (EST)