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The Queen Anne Railroad, linking Lewes and Kent Island, thrived in the 1890s An article in the June 2 edition of the Cape Gazette, involving street repairs and Lewes Council- woman Elinor Sheehan's concern about Bradley Lane, mentioned the Queen Anne Railroad. The heyday of the Queen Anne Railroad came in the late 1890s when its completed tracks stretched from a ferry terminal at Love Point on Kent Island to the Queen Anne Pier. The Queen Anne Pier reached into Delaware Bay near the public beach, with railroad tracks as part of its wharf system, and connected rail service to good-sized sailing and power vessels drawing up to 13 feet of water. The Queen Anne Railroad de- velopers envisioned a thriving freight and passenger link be- tween Baltimore, Md. and Cape May, N.J. Their trains stopped at stations along the route crossing the Delmarva Peninsula including Overbrook, Milton, Ellendale, Denton, Queenstown and several others. The Queen Anne Rail- road, it was hoped, would offer a reliable transportation system for farmers and timber people looking to get their products to urban mar- kets as well as a passenger system. Our present system of highways and roads makes it a little difficult to envision a passenger train sys- tem that would be in much de- mand. But prior to the 1920s, the roads in Sussex County - and on much of the peninsula - were very poor. Four different bridges carried the Queen Anne Railroad across waterways between Overbrook (where Rt. 88, also known as Cave Neck Road, intersects with Rt. 1 north of Red Mill Pond) and the Queen Anne Pier at Lewes Beach. The tracks had to cross Old Mill Creek, Black Hog Gut, Canary Creek and the Lewes-Re- hoboth Canal. Remnants of those bridges, built of stout timbers pre- served with creosote, remain clearly visible today. They have BAREFOOTIN' Dennis Forney outlasted the railroad itself by sev- eral decades. The homes in the Bradley and Brown Lane area of Lewes, at the northwest end of Third Street, are built in an area where there was great Queen Anne Railroad activi- ty at the turn of the century. Queen Anne Avenue, connecting Third Street with Pilottown Road, remains as a reminder of the rail- road although the station house and turntable, where the engine was turned around, have long since been dismantled. The bridge carrying the Queen Anne Railroad across the canal was built in this area and titles to the land along the rail bed's right of way, in the area of the canal, re- main clouded. (It's just been Efiner Sheehan's luck to own a property involved not only in canal bank land ques- tions but also with questions in- volving land of a railroad that eventually went belly up.) The Queen Anne Railroad, de- spite competing with what would eventually become the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad, thrived in its first few years. Passengers from all over Delmarva, as well as from Baltimore, took excursion trips to Lewes where they boarded a steamer for Cape May. A few bad winters that froze the Continued on page 8 This September, 1877 drawing from Harper's Weekly maga- zine shows residents of Lewes pulling a seine for croakers along Lewes Beach. The illustrators also show clearly, in the background, a train on the Queen Anne Pier, puffing out to meet an incoming train. The information included in Harpers with the illustration noted that: "The inhabitants are mostly fishermen, salty and tarry toilers of the sea; and the town will probably always remain quiet and old-fashioned." CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, June 9 - June 15, 1995 - 7 DON'T SNOOZE SUPER BEACH HOUSE BREEZEWOOD Excellent location - Walk to the Excellent Rehoboth beach house on Guaranteed to please ranch. Pool beach from thb 3 BR, 1 I/2 BA cot- a double lot. 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