Recent NC CHAP Projects
Lectures on New Castle History
. PDFs of slides from a series of fourteen lecture in 2015. Hundreds of interesting text slides and
>650 supporting images about people, events, war, famine, portraits, pirates, religion, food, architecture, industry, women's dresses ...
1759 Portrait of Slator Clay Jr. of New Castle by
John Hesselius was auctioned November 11.
The Battery(s) in Battery Park
-- their purpose: protection against French and Spanish pirates, privateers; French
and British warships, probable current location, and funding (via lottery!)
Portraits of the rich and powerful
in New Castle (1750-1850).
Portraits of more than 40 people who lived within four blocks of each other, including four signers of the Declaration of
Independence (2 from DE, 1 each from NJ & PA), governors, judges, state and U. S. senators,
an opium merchant/Consul-General/son of a Signer and a Bishop of Virginia.
: Online official records, laws, histories, census records, births, deaths, marriages, biographies, student theses and papers ...
Annotated Tax records
for New Castle, 1776-1826 -- data on
wealth, politics and religion! Tax records for the New Castle Constabulary
, 1683. An easy to understand tax method.
The State of The Town in the 1890's: Promotional picture booklets produced by the N. C. Board of Trade
(1mb) and the Commercial Club -- Ideal New Castle
The Alexander B. Cooper History of New Castle
. Written in 1906-1908, this series of articles for the Sunday Star offers vignettes of early New Castle history, and glimpses of life there in the 1800's available nowhere else.
An amazing diagram
compressing 247 years of ownership information into a single image.
Areas at risk of flooding
in Historic New Castle. Comparison of an elevation map with the flooding that occurred during storms in 2012.
Fifty years ago: New Castle on the cover
of the Saturday Evening Post
Lands of New Castle Common -- The
Surveys of 1704 and 1894
-- What property
did the deed include? How does it compare to modern holdings of the
Trustees? Are any of the property marker trees still standing that formed
the 'metes and bounds' of the survey? Where were the farms and the farmhouses?
of the Latrobe Survey
Save Our Historic Ice Piers
Archaeology in the Dutch House Garden, summer 2011
-- 20 excavations, 2200 artifacts found
Stereographs from c1878
Glimpses of long gone buildings and people (and their styles)
Dikes in New Castle
: who built them, when, and why?
The Blaney Survey
of 1798 -- the first extant map of New Castle. Prepared to define the town's limits with newly created street names.
Women in Fort Casimir
Translated from Kvinnor in Nya Sverige
from Immanuel Church, 1714-1985:
baptisms, marriages, burials (2.7 mb)
Unearthing New Castle's past
UD anthropology students
excavate artifacts at the Read House
Take a virtual tour of New Castle's Historic sites:
Interactive 360° Panoramas
Interactive birdseye map
New Castle Historic District
-- Where it is, what it means and what it doesn't mean
Rea & Price map
-- an extensive road system in New Castle County in 1849
What was historic
in New Castle 100 years ago (according to the Colonial Dames).
What did New Castle's buildings and gardens look like in the Dutch period? Hints from views of New Amsterdam 1651-1660
History of the New Castle Library
1810 - 2010
FUN!! ?? History/Trivia Quiz
(Twelve questions. We/others don't see your score!)
Google maps meet Old New Castle
The Old Dutch Master
who lived in Old New Castle
Agnes Hewlett Megginson, Hugh Ryan Jr., Althea Unthank Harmon,
John Gambacorta, Frances Haut, John Ryan, Gladys Green Clark
Crane Hook Church
One of two Swedish Lutheran churches serving the entire Delaware valley
The Dike Uprising of 1675
1945 Aerial pictures
New Castle to Wilmington show land use 60 years ago.
New Castle Quaker Meeting
The Italian-American community
in New Castle
New Castle downtown businesses
of the past
Early postcards: Greetings from New Castle!
Origins of St. Peter's of New Castle
A Day in Old New Castle: programs from 1933 and 1940, and
video of 1931 event!
New Castle Presbyterian Church history, graves, members since 1700
New Castle Methodist Church history, cemetery plan and members (1820)
New Castle parcel map c1680
Where was Fort Casimir?
Historical American Buildings Survey
High resolution images of
New Castle in the 1930's from the Library of Congress
Early snapshots around town
came to New Castle (1965)
The Laird Yacht Basin
-- Recollections of Irenee du Pont, Jr.
Views of New Castle from the water -- 1797 to 2005
Hidden in Plain Sight
-- Remains of the New Castle Gas Co.
Flags over Delaware
le Blanc drawing
of New Castle's Waterfront
-- a waterfront dive, figuratively, and maybe literally.
The Federal census
1800-1870 for New Castle
At Avery's Rest, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
POTS and PLATES ARCHAEOLOGY: A Ceramic Artifacts Identification Workshop
We joined Delaware archaeologists and our neighbors to learn more about
ceramic and pottery artifacts from sites around town: How old items are, what they are, what they were used for,
and how they were made. Featured collections include from the Read House
gardens, Ft. Casimir excavation and the Jarvis/Blair gardens.
-- Individual and Group.
In progress -- your contributions needed!
Industry in New Castle:
Mysteries of the
Dutch Tile House
: How to Research Historic Properties in New Castle
Williamsburg on the Delaware
the renovation/reconstruction of New Castle proposed in 1947
Preservation Trades Network
Harbor Reconnaissance with Institute of Maritime History
Projects in progress:
Immanuel Church on the Green gravestone inscriptions
Contact: james.l.meek[-at-symbol-] gmail.com; (302)-326-1275