The town of Christiana
got started when the John Ogle (a British soldier who owned
property in Christiana) property was divided.
The property was sold to people who then built houses,
businesses, meat shops and a lot more.
The town of Christiana was almost the nation’s capital
because many famous people stayed here at the time of the
Revolutionary War. Christiana
is located on Ye Olde Kings Road; which was one of the first major
inland routes in the colonies between Baltimore, MD in the South,
and Philadelphia, PA, in the North. A lot of famous people crossed this
road. Revolutionary War Troops marched from Christiana to get to
the Battle of Cooches Bridge. This
battle is Delaware’s only Revolutionary War battle(Septmeber 3,
1777). Ye Olde Kings Road became less important over the years due
to the building of railroads and canals. These
trains and waterways could go far, and were faster then horses and
wagons. For this reason, Christiana became less important.
The Town of Christiana is now on the National Register of
Boom, Boom, Boom. Here
come the troops marching over the Christiana Bridge. This bridge is
on Olde Kings Road right at the top of the Christiana Creek.
General Lafayette of France landed on this bridge with some
of his American
troops during The Revolutionary War and marched the troops
across the bridge. The Christiana Bridge is best remembered for its
military associations, but it was also a popular shipping port. They
had to replace the wooden bridge in 1812.
It was changed into a steel bridge. Then they built the
current bridge in 1937. Many people ride with their cars across this
historic bridge everyday.