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Newark was founded by Scots-Irish and Welsh settlers in 1694. The town was officially established when it received a charter from George II of Great Britain in 1758.
During the American Revolutionary War, British and American forces clashed outside Newark at the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge. Tradition holds that the Battle of Cooch's Bridge was the first instance of the Stars and Stripes being flown in battle.

Newark is located directly east of the Maryland state line and is about a mile south of "the Twelve-Mile Circle" where Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania meet. Located almost equidistant between Philadelphia (approx. 45 miles) and Baltimore (approx. 55 miles), Newark is part of densely populated New Castle County, and its large amount of public parkland—including Iron Hill Park, the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area, White Clay Creek State Park and White Clay Creek Preserve (in Chester County, Pennsylvania) and Middle Run Valley Natural Area, offering hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riding opportunities.

Originally surrounded by farmland, Newark is now surrounded new home communities and neighborhoods. All within an easy driving distance to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Wilmington, the Newark area offers access to entertainment, arts, parks, museums, beaches, and shopping via I95. So if you want to go to a pro football game, see an opera, visit “big cities”, ski in the Poconos, walk the beaches of Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland, or float away on the Chesapeake Bay, you can... all within a two-hour drive of Newark.

The youthful, energetic lifestyle of downtown Newark (median age 23 years old), mostly due to the University of Delaware, has retained its college town charm while embracing industrial and commercial diversity. Residents will have access to an award-winning Main Street with shopping and dining choices and other organizations like the Newark Arts Alliance and Chapel Street Players.



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