Newark Delaware Neighborhood Guide
Newark Delaware History
Newark was founded by Scots-Irish and Welsh settlers in 1694.
Newark received a license from King George II to hold semi-annual fairs and weekly markets in 1758. The town received its charter from George II of Great Britain in 1758.
During the Revolutionary War, British and American forces clashed outside Newark at Battle of Cooch’s Bridge. Some say that the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge was the first time that what is now the United States flag was flown in battle.
A school, founded by Francis Alison in 1743, moved from New London, Pennsylvania to Newark in 1765, becoming the Newark Academy. Some of the first graduates of the school went on to become signers of the Declaration of Independence: George Read, Thomas McKean, and James Smith.
The state granted a charter to a new school in 1833, which was called Newark College.
Newark Academy and Newark College joined together in the following year, becoming Delaware College. The school closed in 1859, but re-opened eleven years later under the Morrill Act when it became a joint venture between the State of Delaware and the school’s Board of Trustees.
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The railroad arrived in 1837.
In 1913, Delaware College came into sole ownership of the State of Delaware. The school would be renamed the University of Delaware in 1921.
A paper mill, the first sizable industrial venture in Newark, opened around 1798. This mill, eventually known as the Curtis Paper Mill, was the oldest paper mill in the United States until its closing in 1997.
One of Newark’s major sources of employment was a Chrysler Assembly plant built in 1951. Originally constructed to build tanks for the US Army, the plant was 3.4 million square feet in size. The plant stood for more than 50 years, providing jobs and revenue to the state of Delaware.
The property is now being developed by the University of Delaware and known as the STAR (Science, Technology, & Advanced Research) campus.
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Who lives here
Higher Educated– 55.6% of Newark residents over the age of 25 have graduated from college. 84.8% of Newark residents are white-collar workers. 31.59% of those workers work in Education, health and social services.
College Students– Being close to the University of Delaware you would expect this. Most of the students live in Dorms and rentals.
What it’s like to live here
Main Street is the hub of activity in Newark, with restaurants, shopping and lots to do. Newark is an energetic and exciting place to live for 9 months of the year. For the other 3 months, Newark has a real small town feel to it. Within a few hours of both the mountains or the beach, Newark Delaware is also close to some larger cities.
Activities and Attractions
Restaurants are all over Main Street and there are two great food events during the year, Taste of Newark and Restaurant Week. Main Street also features lots of shopping, movies and plays at Chapel Street playhouse. You can attend University of Delaware sporting events. You can go for a walk at the reservoir or at White Clay State Park. There is really not a shortage of things to do in Newark Delaware.
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