Exploring the past

New signs detail Pencader heritage

Newark Post *in the News*

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Newark Post - 11/10/06 "In the News"
by Christine Neff

Want to learn about the history of iron ore mining? How the Delmarva Peninsula formed, or the region's role in the Revolutionary War? Several new signs at Dayett Mills near the intersection of Old Baltimore Pike and Route 72 may be the place to start.

The Pencader Heritage Area Association dedicated the installation last Wednesday, Nov. 1. The goal is to raise awareness about Pencader history and point visitors to activities offered throughout the Pencader Hundred Area.

"If you are just 'passing through' or are a new resident or even a lifelong Delawarean, we hope to spark your interest in the varied activities available in the Pencader Hundred Area," reads one of the signs. "Whether you are experiencing these for the first time or rediscovering your heritage, we hope you enjoy what Pencader has to offer."

Volunteers with Pencader Heritage Area Association worked several years on the sign project. The Dayett Mills installation is just the start; signs will be installed at Iron Hill Park and other historic locations.

"These signs are valuable to the history of those particular locations and illustrate the valuable and diverse areas Pencader represents," said Ed Wirth, president of the association.

Earlier this year, the group unveiled a series of signs that mark the boundaries of Pencader Hundred. The brown, "Welcome to Historic Pencader Hundred" signs that can be seen in the Newark area alert motorists to the heritage area.

The group thanked State Sen. Steve Amick, R-10, and State Representative Stephanie Ulbrich, R-25, for their assistance in promoting the project. "Without the support and persistence by legislators, we would have given up long ago,"said Glenn Pusey, vice president of the association.

The display is accessible from Old Baltimore Pike Road.

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