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5 Fun Facts About October 25 In Delaware History

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1. In 1817, Delaware's first public school was established in Wilmington on October 25th. The school was located in a small stone building and was intended to provide education to the working-class children of the city.

2. October 25, 1864, marked the beginning of the Battle of Fair Oaks and Darbytown Road during the Civil War. Union troops, led by General Benjamin Butler, attempted to advance towards Richmond, Virginia, but were ultimately repelled by Confederate forces.

3. On October 25, 1929, the first Delaware State Fair was held in Harrington. The fair is still held annually and is one of the state's largest events.

4. The first electric streetlights in Delaware were turned on in Wilmington on October 25, 1881. The city's streets were dark and treacherous, and the new streetlights helped to improve safety and visibility for residents.

5. On October 25, 1971, the Wilmington and Western Railroad, a historic tourist attraction that runs from Wilmington to Hockessin, began operations. The railroad features steam and diesel locomotives and has become a popular destination for families and train enthusiasts.
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