The personal injury attorneys in Edgemoor, DE, at My Delaware Lawyers have provided the following overview of the community and its history.
The census-designated place, or CDP, is located in the northern section of New Castle County, Delaware. It takes up 1,395.2 acres and includes 166.4 acres of water, such as Shellpot Creek and Edgemoor Reservoir. The western edge lies on the Delaware River. Pennyhill is the east, Bellefonte to the north, and Landlith to the south.
The community was founded as a village in 1871 by the Edgemoor Iron Company. The company was established in 1869 by William Sellers and Eli Garrett. Sellers was a mechanical engineer from Philadelphia. They manufactured steel and iron bridges. Some of their most known works include:
- the Brooklyn Bridge deck
- the Rockville Bridge over the Susquehanna River
- the Kentucky River Bridge of the Cincinnati Southern Railroad
In 1882, the company began adding its own rolling mill to produce larger works. However, the economic stresses of 1880 to 1890s delayed its completion. It would not be done until 1897, and by this time, the factory was suffering financially. It was forced to sell in 1900 to the American Bridge Company. It finally closed its doors in 1925 and liquidated in 1936.
The community is home to the Marcus Hook Range Rear Lighthouse, a historical landmark located on Lighthouse Road. Despite being located approximately 100 yards from the shore, it is clearly seen. It is one of the highest lights located on the Atlantic Coast within the country. It stands 105 feet and was constructed using nine sections of reinforced concrete. Construction began in 1918 to replace the temporary structure of a light affixed to a post. On the property is a house, formerly the keeper’s house that the Coast Guard occupied until 2004. The property and lighthouse were sold in 2010 to a private owner. Although it is still used as an aid for navigation, the light has been turned off for a few years.
Public schools zoned for the community are provided by the Brandywine School District. These include:
- Mount Pleasant Elementary School – grades K-5 – located on Duncan Road
- Pierre S DuPont Middle School – grades 6-8 – located on West 34th Street
- Mount Pleasant High School – grades 9-12 – located on Washington Street
Some of the daycares and preschools available include:
- The Learning Center at Calvary – located on Lore Avenue
- Next Generation Learning Academy – located on North Market Stree
- Covenant Preschool – located on Duncan Road
As of the count in 2000, the community was home to 5,992 residents. Together they made up 2,507 households and 1,566 families within the registered 2,851 housing units. The racial composition of the neighborhood was the following:
- 62.27% White
- 33.58% African American
- 0.20% Native American
- 1.15% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander
- 0.98% from other races
- 1.80% from two or more races
- 2.72% Hispanic or Latino people of any race
The median income per household was $39,931, and for a family was $45,903. Men averaged an income of $36,957 versus $29,675 for women. As many as 13.4% of the families reported to be living below the federal poverty line.
Follow along for more fun facts on the area: A Closer Look at the History of Bellefonte, DE
Our Local Office
The Edgemoor, DE personal injury attorneys at My Delaware Lawyers provide legal aid to the community’s injured residents. If you have suffered due to neglect, call for a free consultation and explore your legal rights.
Schuster Jachetti LLP
3407 Lancaster Pike,
Wilmington, DE 19805, USA