DE: History from the Highways

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If you’re curious about artifacts and old historical sites in Delaware, check out today’s State Agency Database Highlight from the Delaware Department of Transportation:

Archaeology Search – A comprehensive listing of all archaeology reports available from DelDOT, detailing what was unearthed during studies and planning for construction of various roadways and highways throughout Delaware.

Er. archeology from the Department of Transportation? What’s up with that? I’ll let the Delaware DOT explain:

With the national archeology and historic preservation laws when DelDOT embarks on a project, we determine if the project has the potential to affect historic properties, which include archaeological and standing structures. If there is potential for effect, then the Department enters into consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), other preservation groups, and the public to help identify historic resources and determine if they will be affected by the project. Once it is decided that properties will be affected, then DelDOT and the consulting parties work together to limit the possible impacts to the resources. If an adverse effect on the resource will occur, DelDOT will enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the consulting parties and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to mitigate the resulting effects. A Memorandum of Agreement is a legally binding document that details what measures DelDOT will undertake to help offset the impacts to the historic property. This open process allows the public and DelDOT to exchange ideas, alternatives, and solutions for not only a better highway system, but for a heritage worth protecting.

This database can be searched by chronological category (such as prehistory, woodland, early industrialization, 1940-present and many more), category (such as blacksmiths, bridges, taverns, schools, banks, underwater archeology and more), type of report (archeology or historic preservation) and title of report. Results link to full text of report.

The Delaware page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by John Stevenson.

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2 Responses to “DE: History from the Highways”

  1. Kathie Pownall Says:

    When did Elliott Avenue become known as Concord Pike?
    What happened to Snuff Mill Lane near what is now Augustine Cut-off?
    These are both identified on late 1800’s map of Delaware.
    Thank you.

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