The Delaware State is a haven to historic homes, estates dating back to the mid-1600s. One of these, Winterthur Museum and Gardens, now one of America’s premier museum of decorative arts. There is more to thestates attraction than the history and culture; it also boast to have some of the finest beaches on the Atlantic coast stretch almost the entire length of Delaware coast,“all-year” roundfestivals, a Grand Opera house, providing a means relaxation  for residents.

Nemours Mansion and Gardens
  1. Nemours Mansion and Gardens

The classic, astonishing 77- room mansion, built in the early 1990s, was a gift from Alfred du Pont to his wife Alicia. The beautiful home,supplemented by equallyremarkable gardens is arguably one of the largest French gardens in North America.  Not to mention the Chauffeur’s Garage, which hold a collection of vintage automobiles. Above all, the mansion stretches almost 200 acres of lawns, meadows and woodlands.

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  • Hagley Museum and Library
Hagley Museum

The Hagley Museum and Library located in Wilmington encompasses the site of the original du Pontgunpowder mills as well as an estate and gardens. The first du Pont family home, Eutherian Mills, built by E.I. du Pont in 1803, sits overseeing the renovated French-style garden home, as their family business grew around them. A vintage collection ofvehiclesin the bam, includes a Conestogawagon used to transport black powder to the port of Wilmington.

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  • Winterthur Museum and Gardens
Winterthur Museum and Gardens

The Winterthur Museum and Gardens established by Henry Francis du Pont was originally built to showcase his collections of over 90,000 priceless antiques and art, but also as anabode to entertain friends.The 175- room building was design to be as historic as possible, with vintage furniture, needlework, textiles, silver, glass, painting, prints and ceramics appropriate to specific periods. The Winterthur mansion, considered to be America’s finest museum of decorative artsis surrounded by a 1000-acre park, on which a colorful botanical garden of plants and trees exists, and an Enchanted Woods children’s garden spanning over 3-acre.

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The Delaware Old State House
  • The Delaware Old State House

The Gregorian-style Delaware old state house built in 1792 is located in Dover. This building contains on display historical photographs and documents, presentations Governors and ceremonial office as well as the 18th-century courtroom and legislative chambers.

  1. Air Mobility Command Museum

On display of the historical Dover Air Force Base is a number of aircrafts used in operation by the United States way back. Among such aircrafts are the C-141B Starlifter, C133 Cargomaster, C130 Hercules and a C-124 Globemaster, among others, at the Air Mobility Command Museum, home to vintage planes dating from 1941.

Delaware History and Culture, the secret things you did not know

All About Culture and Customs of Delaware, History of the Most Beloved City of the USA

Delaware being Americas very first State may be small, but has quite a lots of story to tell between its stages of development. 

Delaware History and Culture
Delaware History and Culture

Sailing under the Dutch flag, Henry Hudson was given credits for the discovery of Delaware in 1609, of which the following year Capt. Samuel Argali of Virginia, named Delaware for his colony’s governor, Baron De La Warr. The Dutch were the first Europeans to occupy then land in Delaware, in 1609, where they established posts (Fort Wihelmus – now Burlington Island) in 1624 for trade with Local Native American, under the auspices of the Dutch West India Company, based on the 1609 explorations of Henry Hudson.  However, their culture is still apparent in seaside towns like Lewes and New Castle, which both dates back to the 17th century.

The Swedes began an attempt to colonize Delaware, by wrestling control from the Dutch West India Trading Company. The Swedish colonization began in Fort Christina (now Wilmington) in 1638 by claiming possession of the western side of the Delaware River, saying he had found no European settlement there. The Swedes intended to actually bring settlers to their outpost and begin a colony, Unlike the Dutch West India Company.

The Dutch settlement Zwaanendael (now Lewes) was soon destroyed in a war with the Native Americans. Though the Dutch lost the war, they never gave up their claim to the land, and in 1651, the leadership of Peter Stuyvesant, built Fort Casmir, now New Castle. Three years later, in 1654, the Swedish governor, captured Fort Casmir from the Dutch. Capturing the Fort Casmir ended up being devastating miscalculation for the Swedish as the next year, a vengeful Stuyvesant led another Dutch expedition to the Delaware River, attacking all Swedish communities and agressively ended the New Sweden colony.

Not to long after the ousting the Swedish , the English laid claim to Delaware, led by James, the Duke of York and brother of King Charles II,  forcibly removing the Dutch from the sit of power of both the Delaware and Hudson rivers, leaving the Duke of York proprietary authority in the entire area.

During the American Revolution, Delaware was among the thirteen colonies that revolted against the English Crown. After the revolution began in 1776, the three countries (Kent, Sussex and New Castle) became known as “The Delaware State” (Delaware) and in 1776; the colonies won their independence leading to the creation of the United State Constitution in 1787. Delaware was the first State to ratify the document, giving the nickname of the “The First State”.

However, Delaware being a slave state, during the civil war sided with the union but did not abolish slavery as majority in the north did after winning the war. In addition, did the state vote against the 13th amendment that successfully abolished slavery nationwide in 1865.

Delaware is home to various famous Wyoming Natives and Residents such as the Industrialist El du Pont, founder the young United States’ largest gunpowder factory emigrated from France to Delaware in 1800. His DuPont firm (now the world’s fourth largest chemical company) manufactured gunpowder’s and chemicals at a plant near Wilmington. Oliver Evans (inventor), William Julius “Judy” Johnson (baseball player), J.P Marquand (novelist), Joe Biden (First Delaware senator elected to the vice presidency of the United States), to mention a few.

The 5 best things to undertake in Delaware the corporate paradise

Starting a business in Delaware is one of the best thing that could possible happen to an entrepreneur. The Delaware state is a corporate haven of over 1,000,000 corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, non-profit corporations and other corporate entities, with hundreds of thousands more added each year.-

The 5 best things to undertake in Delaware the corporate paradise

One can trace this interest back to the 1970’s, when the state’s economy took a downward turn, but was quickly reviewed as Governor Pierre S. du Pont IV (of the Du Pont family) decreased the state expenditure and business taxes. Thus drawing over 50% percent of publicly traded companies in the U.S and 65% percent of Fortune 500 companies to incorporate their business in Delaware.

An entrepreneur looking to attract investment from angel investors, venture capitalists and private equity, incorporating the company in Delaware is often the best way to go, as most investors are likely to invest in a Delaware corporation. Starting with a Delaware law regarding securities and management fit in with the expectations of professional investors. Also converting a Limited Liability Company in Delaware to a Corporation is very easy to do with a one filing and one IRS filling.

A start-up in Delaware corporation or Delaware LLC, tend to save quite a lot of money owing to the:

  • no state income tax policy for Delaware corporations that operate out of state,
  • no business license required for Delaware not operating in Delaware,
  • no inheritance tax on stock policy held by non-residents of Delaware,
  • no state tax on intangible property,
  • Shares of stock owned by non-natives are not subject to Delaware taxes.

Typically, the court system is not a primary when choosing where to form a business, but Delaware deserves a special mention.  Many companies incorporated in Delaware can take advantage of Delaware’s Court of Chancery to settle business disputes. This court only hears business decisions; no judges, no juries and its judges have extensive knowledge of Delaware business Law. For large corporations with thousands or hundreds of thousands of shareholders.

Delaware offers quite some flexibility for structuring a corporation in terms of how you structure your corporation and board members. For instance, a=shareholders, directors and officers don’t need to be residents of Delaware.  Delaware allows just one person to be the only director, shareholder and officer of a corporation, whereas, in other states, a minimum of three people may be needed to hold the officer and director positions. For every choice there is always a pro and con. The pros of incorporating a business in Delaware seems to be an advantageous one for corporations. The main drawback occurs when a business is incorporated in Delaware but is not actually headquartered or doing business there. Let us put it this way, you are physically located in California but you choose to incorporate in Delaware, doing this you will need to pay the annual franchise tax in both sides and follow the reporting requirement for both states

Council approves step to expanded Delaware Place

Council approves step to expanded Delaware Place

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Council approves step to expanded Delaware Place

Delaware’s city council gave unanimous rezoning and plan approval to the second and third phases of Delaware Place, which will provide affordable housing to elderly residents.

Their phase one has been successful, said Planning and Community Development Director David Efland. Phase one involved a four-story building and surrounding duplexes, with 63 units total.

Phases two and three will introduce 44 units in a three-story building, and a two-story building with a mix of 11 units and commercial space.

“These are personally exciting to me, being that I worked on Delaware Place for quite some time, as has Joe DiGenova and many of the rest of you.

“I’ve done a good amount of research here, it’s a great opportunity to provide some much needed affordable senior housing in the community,” said applicant Denise Blake, Midwest regional developer with the Miller-Valentine Group.

Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle said she’d toured the site with Councilman Joe DiGenova and State Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) and that the new areas were almost full even though construction hasn’t begun.

To start phases two and three, the planners will have to receive approval from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. Blake said their application deadline is February 20, and they’ll receive a response by June 17 at the latest.

She expects a groundbreaking in the first quarter of 2016, once the weather is good enough.

Council also approved rezoning for Shear Style Barber Shop and Union Electric, and a final development plan for Engineering Materials Systems.

In Council comments, Second Ward Councilman Lisa Keller discussed increasing community outreach through social media, which Mayor Riggle supported.

Efland and City Manager Tom Homan also discussed physical branding efforts for the city, including new signs and business cards, which were planned with the help of Community Affairs Coordinator Lee Yoakum.

In closing, Mayor Riggle reminded the audience that February is Black History Month, and that there will be a Valentine’s Day marriage/renewal of vows ceremony.