The history of the City of Wilmington spans more than eight centuries. The first people who settled where the city is now located were the Lenape who settled along the banks of the Brandywine River at least 800 years ago. Most historians believe they were introduced to European cultures in 1648 when a Swedish warship landed near their homes. The Lenapes lived in the Wilmington area until they were driven away during the late 17th century by a group of English settlers led by William Penn.
The demand for city homes increased after the American Revolution once European immigrants discovered the value of Wilmington's location near the Brandywine River and the Atlantic Ocean. Many of these immigrants converted city properties into thriving fisheries, flour mills and shipyards. Other immigrants developed during the early 19th century thriving gunpowder and railroad car manufacturing industries that played a key role in the city of Wilmington's economy for more than one hundred years.
Wilmington's population grew during the 20th century after many Fortune 500 companies discovered the value of Wilmington's business-friendly tax rates and diverse economy. This discovery continues to offer city home buyers many opportunities to build meaningful careers in the finance, insurance and healthcare industries.
Wilmington is a modern city that offers home buyers a thriving economy, access to many of the nation's largest transportation hub and beautiful cultural attractions. These benefits make city of Wilmington real estate a tremendous value for home buyers who relocate to one of Delaware's most dynamic cities.
Parks and Recreation
The Wilmington Department of Parks and Recreation offers more than 60 recreational facilities that are located near many high-value homes. Some of the more popular facilities include the Central YMCA, and the Hicks Anderson Community Center. The Northern Delaware Greenway Trails offer access to hiking, picnic pavilions, tennis courts and the Brandywine Zoo.
Attractions and Events
Some of the most popular Wilmington attractions include the Delaware Art Museum, Trolley Square, Rockford Park, and restaurants and museums along the Riverfront.
The city of Wilmington is home to many fun events including the Brandywine Festival of the Arts, Delaware Shakespere Festival, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, the Greek Festival, the Italian Festival, and the Flower Market. More details about other Wilmington-area events can be found by visiting the events website maintained by the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau.