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Millsboro is the quintessential rural hometown, conveniently located near the intersection of Routes 113 and 24. Home to many small businesses as well as some of the county's largest employers, the town boasts many antique stores and great eateries as well as parks (beautiful Cupola Park contains the largest Cypress tree in the state!), and three freshwater ponds.
The Long Neck and Oak Orchard areas are also part of Millsboro. The tidal Indian River begins at Millsboro Pond and flows to the Atlantic Ocean at the Indian River Inlet. The town is conveniently located in the back bay area, approximately mid-way between Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach and The Quiet Resorts of Bethany and Fenwick and just a short drive to their ocean beaches. Millsboro is also a brief hop, skip, and a jump from the historic towns of Lewes and Milton.
Millsboro was established in 1792, founded in 1860, and aptly named for the many grist mills and sawmills situated within four miles of town. Prior to its establishment, Millsboro had been a farming community for more than a century and home to Native Americans long before that. The Nanticoke Indian Tribe remains a thriving community in Millsboro today, and their annual Powwow is an extremely popular event with locals and visitors alike.
Millsboro is a mecca for boaters, fishermen, sun worshipers, and golfers. In addition to the Powwow, annual events and festivals include the 4th of July Parade, the Big Thursday Festival held on the 2nd Thursday of August, a celebration that originated in 1852 as a celebration of the opening of oyster season; Festival Hispano, a celebration of Hispanic culture held in August; and free community concerts in Cupola Park on summer Sundays.
Aside from an active and engaged Chamber of Commerce, many organizations and civic groups thrive in the town as well, including the Millsboro Garden Club, the Millsboro Art League, Lions, Jaycees, Indian River Yacht Club, Millsboro Little League, Millsboro Women’s Civic Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Volunteer Fire Department, Kiwanis, Indian River Senior Center, and more.
For more information, contact us or visit the following:
- Town of Millsboro – www.millsboro.org
- Millsboro Chamber of Commerce – www.millsborochamber.com
- Millsboro Art League – www.millsboroartleague.com
- Nanticoke Indians – www.nanticokeindians.org
You may also contact the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce to request a copy of Millsboro, DE – A Treasure Worth Finding, a magazine containing maps and information as well as a schedule of events. Call the Chamber at 302-934-6777