Historic Laurel is listed on the National Register of Historic Districts. The coming of the railroad in 1859created a major economic boost for the town, which is evident in many large homes that were built in the late 19th century and still stand today. One of the major historical industries in Laurel was basket making, traces of which survive in the wooden sheds that appear in town. Much of Laurel has been designated as a historic district, the largest in Delaware. Notably, Laurel is home to four Delaware governors. The historic commercial buildings along Market Street date after 1889, when a raging fire destroyed the business district. Most of these structures are made of brick, reflecting the town’s new consciousness of the need for fireproof materials.