Bacons, Delaware

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Bacons, Delaware
Unincorporated community
Bacons is located in Delaware
Bacons is located in the US
Coordinates: 38°30′30″N 75°34′11″W / 38.50833°N 75.56972°W / 38.50833; -75.56972Coordinates: 38°30′30″N 75°34′11″W / 38.50833°N 75.56972°W / 38.50833; -75.56972
Country United States
State Delaware
County Sussex
Elevation 33 ft (10 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 302
GNIS feature ID 216022[1]

Bacons is an unincorporated community located 4 miles north of the Maryland line in Sussex County, Delaware, United States. Also known as Bacon Switch, the site was once a thriving railroad switch point in the late 19th century. The site between Delmar, Delaware and Laurel, Delaware had a number of small stores. It was named after the Bacon family, who started a farm there, before expanding into the sawmill and basket making business. Parents Thomas and Amelia Bacon, had five sons: Frank, Albert, Thomas, William and Harry. The son Thomas designed a collapsible egg carrier in 1884 that was granted a US Patent, number 299715 [1]. The egg carrier was used to ship eggs to Philadelphia, where it would be collapsed and returned to the farmer. Thomas Bacon Jr. died in 1939.


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.