Gumboro, Delaware

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Unincorporated community
Gumboro is located in Delaware
Location within the state of Delaware
Coordinates: 38°28′39″N 75°21′55″W / 38.47750°N 75.36528°W / 38.47750; -75.36528Coordinates: 38°28′39″N 75°21′55″W / 38.47750°N 75.36528°W / 38.47750; -75.36528
Country United States
State Delaware
County Sussex
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Gumboro is a small unincorporated community in Sussex County, Delaware, United States. It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 2006, legislation to establish Gumboro as an incorporated town was passed by the Delaware General Assembly, but was vetoed by Governor Ruth Ann Minner.[1] This was due to the fact that no civic government was to be immediately convened, thus leaving a gap in government from such time as the town was incorporated and left county control, until such point as the town elected a government.[2]

Gumboro is home to the Old Homestead, a home in the heart of town that is reportedly haunted, and the Cypress Swamp which many travelers have reported hearing voices emanating from.

Infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) was first discovered in Gumboro in the 1962, and thus has been known as Gumboro disease. This virus causes an immuno-suppressive disease in chickens. The disease is usually sub-clinical in birds less than two weeks of age and clinical disease is generally observed in birds over two weeks of age.

Gumboro plays host to the annual Gumboro Mud Bog, where people take 4 wheel drive trucks and SUVs into the mud.

The West Woods Methodist Episcopal Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.[3]