Pagan Creek Dike

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Pagan Creek Dike
Pagan Creek Dike is located in Delaware
Pagan Creek Dike
Pagan Creek Dike is located in the US
Pagan Creek Dike
Location Pagan Creek near New Rd., Lewes, Delaware
Coordinates 38°46′16″N 75°9′53″W / 38.77111°N 75.16472°W / 38.77111; -75.16472Coordinates: 38°46′16″N 75°9′53″W / 38.77111°N 75.16472°W / 38.77111; -75.16472
Area less than one acre
NRHP reference # 73000555[1]
Added to NRHP June 18, 1973

Pagan Creek Dike is a historic causeway located at Lewes, Sussex County, Delaware. It is about 700 feet long, nine to ten feet wide at the top, constructed of clay and loam piled atop a sand footing, which rests on marsh mud. In some places, the dike still rises about two feet above the level of the adjacent marsh. It is dated to the mid- to late-17th century, and is one of the oldest surviving road structures in Delaware. It was apparently built by the Dutch settlers to connect the Dutch West India Company fort with the hinterland beyond Pagan Creek.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Edward F. Heite (January 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Pagan Creek Dike" (PDF).  and Accompanying photo