Historic Trails & Hiking
There is nothing more satisfying or exhiliariting than a walk! A great, healthy, activity proven to extend your life! Walk on these great trails and learn about some of the history of Del-Mar-Va and the surrounding area. Many trails offer recognition in the form of a patch or medal. Take the time to get to know our own neighborhood. Save travel time and fuel by participating locally! Earn recognition for your efforts! What more could a Scout ask for? For additional information on historic trails on the Delmarva peninsula contact the Nentego Lodge 20 Historic Trails committee.
The Ceasar Rodney Historical Trail- Dover, DE
Delaware was one of the original thirteen colonies and was split on the question of Independence. Caesar Rodney was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress. On June 7, 1776 Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduced his famous resolution that would lead to the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. Intense debate resulted. Caesar Rodney was not in Philadelphia. He had returned home to deal with a threatened Tory rebellion. As the time for voting neared, Delaware’s two other delegates were split, with Thomas Mc Kean in favor, and George Reed opposing the resolution. McKean sent a messenger to Dover informing Rodney that he was needed more in Philadelphia than in Delaware.
War of 1812 Heritage Trail - Lewes, Delaware
Earn this great patch by hiking this trail established recently by Eagle Scout Conor Small from Troop 2540 Lewes, Delaware. Connect with the The Lewes Historical Society, stay in nearby Cape Henlopen State Park and make a great weekend event centered around the history of Lewes. The trail is 8 miles in length and takes hikers to many key locations and buildings that were utilized in support of the War of 1812, including the 1812 Memorial Park. Click HERE to download the trail brochure. Click HERE to download an information sheet and patch order form.
Newark Historic Trail - Newark, Delaware
The intention of this trail is to give you, the hiker, a small taste of what can be seen and experienced in the wonderful city of Newark, Delaware and expose you to some of its varied beauty and history. The trail is 9 miles in length (can be expanded to 10 miles) and includes stops at sites such as the oldest paper mill in America and the University of Delaware. Click HERE to download the trail brochure. Click HERE to download an information sheet and patch order form. Click HERE for the Map. Click HERE for an answer key.
North Brandywine Historic Trail - Wilmington, Delaware
Discover the history of Wilmington and Northern Delaware along this trail. The North Brandywine Historic Trail starts in northern Wilmington and follows a path that connects several historic sites in New Castle County. You will learn about the rich history of this area by visiting many historical locations. The trail ends several hundred feet from the Delaware border. Click here for the trail brochure. Click Here for the Answer Key.
A House Divided Award - Peninsula Wide
This award allows Scouts an opportunity to learn about Del-Mar-Va's importance in the American Civil War. During that time period, the Eastern Shore of Virginia belonged to the Confederacy, while Maryland and Delaware were part of the Union. Scouts are encouraged to visit historical sites related to this infamous conflict and/or to reenact a bivouac. A patch and medal are available for this award. Click Here for the award brochure.
Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Historic Route - Brandywine Village and Christiana, Delaware
During the Revolutionary War, the Continental Army travelled across the east coast to follow the British Army. In 1781, an opportunity presented itself for the Americans to attack the British in Virginia. George Washington moved his entire army, along with his French reinforcements, from New England down to Virginia, where he would defeat the British at Yorktown. This route follows the trail that Washington, Rochambeau, and their army followed to travel to Yorktown. Scouts have an option of hiking one of two routes to earn this award. Click Here for the historic route brochure.
New Castle Historic Trail
This trail is composed of three segments lying within Old New Castle in Wilmington. Hike along this trail and learn about the many historical wonders of colonial Delaware. The trail passes by historical landmarks that are over two hundred years old. Scouts can tour the old New Castle Court House, walk across the green, and see the Dutch house. Finally, Scouts learn about the changes in Delaware's transportation networks in the middle of the nineteenth century. Total, the trail is about 9-10 miles long. Completion of the Historic New Castle Trail workbook is recognized with a medal. The Historic New Castle Trail workbook is here