Oak Orchard, Delaware

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Oak Orchard, Delaware
Unincorporated community
Oak Orchard is located in Delaware
Oak Orchard
Oak Orchard
Oak Orchard is located in the US
Oak Orchard
Oak Orchard
Location within the state of Delaware
Coordinates: 38°35′46″N 75°10′22″W / 38.59611°N 75.17278°W / 38.59611; -75.17278Coordinates: 38°35′46″N 75°10′22″W / 38.59611°N 75.17278°W / 38.59611; -75.17278
Country United States
State Delaware
County Sussex
Elevation 0 ft (0 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 19966
Area code(s) 302
GNIS feature ID 214399[1]

Oak Orchard is an unincorporated community east of the town of Millsboro in Sussex County, Delaware. Oak Orchard is bounded to the south by the Indian River Bay, to the east by Emily Gut[2] (a narrow channel of water) and "the Peninsula,[3]" and to the north by Delaware Route 24. Residents enjoy boating and fishing and are served by close shopping centers, golf courses, the Delaware Coastal Airport, movie theaters, an equestrian center, beaches and restaurants. Oak Orchard is also close to Georgetown, the county seat of Sussex County.

Oak Orchard is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.

This area has been the home of the Nanticoke Indian Tribe for over 2000 years and is home to the Nanticoke Indian Museum as well as a yearly Pow-wow held by the tribe.[4] The unincorporated community is home to the Oak Orchard/Riverdale Post of the American Legion.

Fire protection is provided by the Indian River Vol. Fire Co.,[5] ambulance service by the Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad,[6] and police services are provided by the Delaware State Police as there is no incorporated town to provide such services. Oak Orchard, Delaware was the scene of a house fire on January 3, 2001 that killed 11 family members.[7]