Nanticoke River

The picturesque Nanticoke River is at the heart of the aptly named Nanticoke Heritage Byway. The longest tributary to the Chesapeake Bay, the Nanticoke is a historic waterway that runs through portions of Delaware and Maryland and has been the lifeblood of the area for generations. Leave the Nanticoke River Marina in Blades and meander through southern Delaware and parts of Maryland’s eastern shore on your way to the Chesapeake. The Nanticoke is celebrated in southern Delaware, with the local Native American tribe also adopting the name “Nanticoke” over time.

Top Destination

The Nanticoke Heritage Byway is a hidden gem in southern Delaware that offers visitors a glimpse into the region’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. From stunning parks to historic mansions, here are some of the top destinations to visit along the Nanticoke Heritage Byway.

Woodland Ferry

Seaford, DE

Governor Ross Mansion

Seaford, DE

Old Christ Church

Laurel, DE

Trap Pond State Park

Laurel, DE

Byway History

Discover the rich history of southern Delaware along the Nanticoke Heritage Byway, where each stop offers a unique glimpse into the region’s cultural heritage.


Seaford Museum

The Seaford Museum is a must-visit destination for history buffs and curious visitors alike


Ross Mansion

Step back in time and explore the lavish lifestyle of a wealthy 19th-century family at Ross Mansion in Seaford, Delaware.

Hearn and Rawlins Mill

Hearn & Rawlins Mill

Located in southern Delaware, Hearn & Rawlins Mill is a fascinating glimpse into the region’s agricultural past.


Cannon-Maston House

Explore the rich history of the Nanticoke Heritage Byway at the Cannon-Maston House, located in Laurel, Delaware.


Seaford Train Station

The Seaford Train Station is a fascinating piece of southern Delaware’s transportation history.