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The personal injury attorneys in Hartly, DE, at My Delaware Lawyers would like to share a bit of the town’s history and highlights to help you get to know the area better.


The small town of Hartly is located in the northwestern section of Kent County, Delaware. The town takes up 38.4 acres, and with a population of only 74 in 2010, it became the least populated municipality in the state. The neighborhood is south of Everetts Corner and west of Pearsons Corner. The Forney Tract is to the south of the community. At the center of the town is the intersection of Arhursville Road, or Delaware Route 11, and Everetts Corner Road, also known as Delaware Route 44.


Originally the area was the dwelling site of the Nanticoke, the Lenape Native American Indian tribe. They lived off the food sources found in the area, such as:

  • fox
  • squirrel
  • bear
  • buffalo
  • deer
  • muskrat

The land was surveyed in 1833, and it received its name Butterpot from Stephen B. Lewis. Legend suggests that it came from the tale of Grandmother Hesse that had made a fresh churn of butter when she heard the Natives were coming. In desperation to keep the butter safe, she hid it below a bridge. The Natives ventured more west, and Grandmother Hesse forgot about her butter. Days passed, and the butter spoiled, leaving a smell that all inquired about. As they found the source, the town laughed and henceforth was referred to as Butterpot.

Some of the current residents are descendants of the early settlers, including:

  • English
  • Dutch
  • Swedish
  • German
  • Italian
  • French


Within the small community are the following sources for education:

  • Hartly Elementary School
  • Kingdom Kids Day Care
  • Hartly Family Learning Center

Most of the commerce is located on Main Street and include:

  • Family Dollar
  • Verizon
  • United States Postal Service

The community can attend services at the Hartly United Methodist Church located near the corner of Main Stree and Arthursville Road.


The town’s population included 78 residents in 2000. This total consisted of 25 households and 21 families. There were 31 housing units that had an average density of 534.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the neighborhood included the following:

  • 91.03% white 
  • 3.85% African American
  • 2.56% Hispanic or Latino
  • 1.28% other races
  • 3.85% two or more races

English is the main language, but some of the residents speak Italian and African languages. Some of the common ancestries found within the members of the community include:

  • Irish
  • German
  • English
  • Swiss
  • French

The income per household averaged $29,375. Men had an average income of $21,667 per year versus $24,167 for women per year. As many as 8.33% of the adult residents have a college degree. The most common occupations held by the residents included:

  • 24.0% business
  • 16.0% administrative
  • 12.0% construction
  • 8.0% management
  • 8.0% personal care
  • 8.0% production

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754 S Dupont Blvd,
Smyrna, DE 19977, USA
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