History – Laurel’s uniqueness merits placement on the National Register of Historic Places, the largest such district in Delaware.
The Nanticoke Indians once roamed our dense pine forests, fished and trapped along our streams, and as far as the town itself, Laurel had its beginnings as a shipping port by the mid 18th century. Walk along creek side paths and tree lined streets, take in the architectural styles with homes from simple early Federal-period homes to opulent Victorian residences. For a detailed account of the homes in Laurel’s Historic District, ask for a copy of the Laurel Historical District Residential Walking Tour.
Museums – Old Christ Church (unaltered from America’s pre-revolutionary past), Laurel Historical Society Museum, and Laurel Heritage Museum. Nearby Bethel Historical Society maintains a museum focusing on the village of Bethel’s maritime past.
The Outdoors – Laurel boasts some of the best fishing, hiking and cycling trails, kayaking, bird watching, and wilderness canoeing in Delaware – don’t miss Trap Pond State Park, Trussom Pond (Delaware’s most photographed and painted natural wonders) James Branch, Broad Creek launch and fishing pier, as well as Phillips Landing along the Nanticoke River.
A visit would not be complete without a stop at one of our family owned restaurants, farmer markets, antique or gift stores including our indoor / outdoor flea markets. To start planning a visit, contact the Laurel Chamber of Commerce today.