Photo: Park in downtown Laurel.
Laurel, founded in 1683 and incorporated in 1883, is home to more historic buildings than any town in Delaware with 800 on the National Historic Record.
Laurel was plotted in 1802 after the sale of an Indian reservation along the Broad Creek. It was named for the laurel trees growing along the creek's banks.
Laurel is well-known for its water recreation opportunities, including Trap Pond and Trussum Pond, homes to the northernmost natural stand of bald cypress trees in North America. Included are the two tallest trees in Delaware. Recreation includes fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, camping, birdwatching, biking and horseback riding.
Laurel's population is now 3,688. The business district is being revitalized by the Laurel Redevelopment Corporation, which is focusing on the redevelopment of the creekside and downtown districts. Many businesses have also located on busy U.S. 13 in Laurel.
The town has produced five governors of the State of Delaware:
- Nathaniel Mitchel, 1801-1805
- John Collins, 1821-1825
- William Barkley Cooper, 1841-1845
- William Ross, 1851 - 1855
- Elbert Nortrand Carvel, 1949-1953 and 1961-1965
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