Reliance, Delaware and Maryland

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Unincorporated community
Reliance is located in Delaware
Reliance is located in Maryland
Reliance is located in the US
Coordinates: 38°38′07″N 75°42′23″W / 38.63528°N 75.70639°W / 38.63528; -75.70639Coordinates: 38°38′07″N 75°42′23″W / 38.63528°N 75.70639°W / 38.63528; -75.70639
Country United States
State Delaware, Maryland
County Sussex (DE), Caroline (MD), Dorchester (MD)
Elevation 43 ft (13 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 302, 410, 443, and 667
GNIS feature ID 214538[1]

Reliance is an unincorporated community located on the border of the U.S. states of Maryland and Delaware. The Maryland side of the community has portions in Caroline County and Dorchester County, while the Delaware side is located within Sussex County. Reliance is along Delaware Route 20 and Maryland Route 392 at the junction with Maryland Route 577 west of Seaford .[2] It was previously known as Johnson's Crossroads.[3][4]

Notable people[edit]

Patty Cannon (c. 1760 or 1759 or 1769 - May 11, 1829), was an illegal slave trader and the co-leader of the Cannon-Johnson Gang of Maryland-Delaware, which operated for about a decade in the early 19th century kidnapping free blacks and refugee slaves to sell into slavery in the South, which came to be known, as the Reverse Underground Railroad.


  1. ^ "Reliance". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Delaware Department of Transportation (2008). Delaware Official Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). Dover: Delaware Department of Transportation. 
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Reliance, Delaware and Maryland
  4. ^ Kaminkow, Marion J. Maryland A to Z: A Topographical Dictionary. Baltimore, Maryland: Magna Carta Book Company, 1985. p285