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Stanton is an unincorporated community in New Castle County, Delaware, United States, near the confluence of the Red Clay and White Clay Creeks. It is located in the southern end of Mill Creek Hundred.
Prior to the arrival of European settlers, the area around Stanton was frequented by aboriginal peoples. A paleo-Indian archaeology site, referred to as the Clyde Farm site, is located southwest of the area.
Stanton is located near the Piedmont fall line along the banks of the Red Clay Creek. First settled around 1679, it was the first settlement in Mill Creek Hundred. Many small watermills dotted the area and a farm road from Chester County, Pennsylvania terminated on the banks of Red Clay Creek.
The village was originally known as "Cuckoldstown", perhaps for an inn that allegedly served as a meeting place for illicit rendezvous. The village was renamed after Stephen Stanton, a prominent landowner in the village.
In August 1777, George Washington erected fortifications in the area, expecting to confront British troops recently landed at Head of Elk, Maryland. Washington and his staff held a war council in the Hale-Byrnes House. The expected battle did not develop, though, as General Howe moved his army north towards Chester County, Pennsylvania.
St. James Church was established in 1720 and the first public school in the area opened near the church in 1808.
The Kiamensi Woolen Mills operated on the banks of the Red Clay Creek at several locations in the area. The mill provided blankets and other material for the Union Army during the American Civil War and operated until the early 1900s.
There are three schools located in the Stanton area:
- Stanton Middle School- grades 6 through 8
- The Central School- alternative education for grades 6 through 12
- James H. Groves Adult Education
The Central School and James H. Groves Adult Education are housed in the same building, which formerly was the Stanton Central Elementary School.
DART First State maintains Churchman's Crossing station near the south entrance to Delaware Park. Fairplay Station is a stop on SEPTA's Wilmington/Newark Line Regional Rail service with connections to Newark, Delaware, Wilmington, Claymont, Delaware, and Philadelphia.
Delaware Park Racetrack is located in Stanton. The facility opened in 1937 for thoroughbred horse racing. In 1995, video lottery macnies (i.e., slot machines) were installed in the clubhouse. The site expanded to table games and sports betting in 2009.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Stanton, Delaware
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.