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The Strand at Packet Alley, New Castle Delaware
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The Strand was the first street laid out by the Dutch, shortly after they founded New Castle in1651 (originally called Fort Casimir/New Amstel).  Most of the brick houses in this picture replace wooden or brick buildings that burned in the fire of 1824.  The house at 24 The Strand was home of Thomas McKean, signer of the Declaration of Independence, President of Congress, President of Delaware, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania, and Governor of Pennsylvania.  The house at 28 The Strand was the site of the Dutch Reformed Church, c1657.

The storefront building at 25 The Strand ("Boulden's Store") was a ship's supplies store until the early 1900's.  Its sign (currently "Ivory Soap") was visible from the river since the building at 23 The Strand had not yet been built. 

A historical marker in Packet Alley says:
     Packet boats from Philadelphia met stage coaches here for Frenchtown, Maryland, chief line of communication from North to Baltimore and South. Andrew Jackson, David Crockett, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Lord Ashburton, Sam Houston, Louis Napoleon, Stonewall Jackson, Indians (led by Osceola and Black Hawk) en route to visit "Great Father" in Washington all passed this way.

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