Before the steeple came down…..

Found in the Delaware Public Archives is this old print looking north on Union Street, across the Broadkill River. What is notable is the tall structure in the background: the old steeple of the Milton M. P. Church before it was taken down in January of 1906, to be replaced shortly after that with a bell tower. This dates the photograph to 1905 at the very latest, and probably several years earlier. Note the dwelling right on the Broadkill River, where a parking lot sits today. This is the first photograph I have found showing the old steeple, although it does appear in some old drawings and paintings, in the background.

View across Broadkill from the bridge, looking north on Union Street, 1905 or earlier
View across Broadkill from the bridge, looking north on Union Street, 1905 or earlier

2 thoughts on “Before the steeple came down…..

  • Judging by the awning, I believe this was a well taken care property. Is there a possible way to find out who lived in it?
    It also shows that there river was not raising to street level as the property is so close to it.

  • Phil

    To do that, we would have to go to Georgetown and look at county tax records from that time. It can be done, but I won’t have time to do that in the near term

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