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Cousin Hal and I stopped momentarily in New Castle, DE to mark the landing-place of William Penn in 1682. We relaxed in a park on the Delaware River in this tiny historic village, named “Tomakonck,” place of the beaver, by the natives that settled there.   We didn’t see any beavers.  The extra entertainment we found in New Castle lurked in the lower left corner of my camera.

Serious conversation

Who knows what two ducks have to talk about.  But I don’t think it’s much different from any male and female that live in the same place.  His Eminence, the strong silent type, dominated the discussion early on, as Dolly Duck listened… silently, waiting her turn to talk.

Come back here

Sure enough, he quit quacking. Dolly started to speak. Maybe H.E. didn’t hear her.  Maybe he had just used his 10,000 quacks for the day, and it was time for a swim.  I don’t really know because I don’t speak “duck.”

Quacking Up

But the situation seemed vaguely familiar.

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Discovering Delaware – Historic New Castle

My mother’s only cousin, Hal,  insisted that I needed to learn more about the hidden historic treasures in Delaware.  The 70-degree temperatures and spring sunshine today made exploring and photographing Delaware a delight.

“If you love Colonial Williamsburg, Marsha, you will enjoy Historic New Castle, DE., established in 1651.”

Newcastle DE1

“First order of business, Marsha, you HAVE to eat at Jessop’s Tavern.  You get to experience colonial life.”

DDays Tavern

Our food came in pewter bowls and plates served by servers in colonial costumes.

Mannys first bite

After lunch, our eyes soon became as glutted as our stomachs. Stumbling along uneven brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets, we admired preserved, and not restored, colonial architecture.   One house caught my eye because the patterned brick front differed from the smoother faced brick on the surrounding homes.

Ddays home

As it happened, the owner came out of the home at the exact time we walked back up the street.

RichardDay

Of course, I asked him a question, “Do you live here?  I love the brick pattern on your home.”

“It was built in 1690, the oldest one still standing.”

Ddays patterned brick

“New Castle is so quiet and peaceful,” Hal commented.

Historic State park

Richard’s left eyebrow raised slightly.  “That is changing.  In March we voted to allow New Castle to become a National Historic Park. Delaware was the only state that didn’t have one.  I used to own the Arsenal Restaurant on the Green, but the government didn’t renew my lease.  They have other plans for it.”

Arsenal

A half-hour later he escaped our barrage of questions.  A few minutes later I saw him again, conversing with one of the servers at his restaurant, Jessop’s Tavern.

jessups tavern2

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