Selbyville and Strawberries – Who knew?

by Dave on June 9, 2008

Ok, so you’re driving through Coastal Sussex and you come across a small town called Selbyville, DE. What to do?

I suggest pulling into town and checking out the new Railroad Station Museum. The museum covers Selbyville’s historical role in rail transportation with photos and other interesting memorabilia. You can call the museum at (302) 436-2042 for open dates and times. When you are finished touring the museum head on over to the Cactus Cafe for a little Tex Mex and wash it down with a tasty margarita. The Cactus Cafe is a favorite watering hole for locals and visitors alike. Give em’ a call at (302) 436-4492 for menu specials and directions if you are in the area. For a quick read on the town history see below….

Our Town was founded in January 1778 by Benjamin Long, Arthur McCabe, John Murray, Reuben Stevens and Elijah Campbell. They purchased a 250-acre tract known as Sandy Branch which was located at the head of the Saint Martin’s River. This site contained a gristmill and sawmill.More…

One Sampson Selby was responsible for the name Selbyville. In 1842 he began to mark packages for delivery to his country store, “Selby-Ville”.

The development of Selby-Ville accelerated in 1842 when the Frankford and Breakwater Railroad extended shipment of strawberries to the Town. D. J. Long and the Morris Brothers commercialized this crop in the area.

By 1918 Selbyville was the prime supplier of for the entire east coast. Strawberries remained a major economic base for the Town into the late 1930’s.

Selbyville remains a small town in an agricultural setting. Chickens (and chicken processing), hogs, corn and soybeans are the main source of income for our area residents and farmers! The Town continues to grow steadily and happily it retains its small town atmosphere.

Reprinted from the Town of Selbyville website www.townofselbyville.com.

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