Cape Henlopen State Park History
Cape Henlopen, Delaware has been a public use area since the colonial era. William Penn, founder and proprietor of Pennsylvania filed a decree that Cape Henlopen be set aside for the use and enjoyment of the citizens of the colony. At the time, the Delaware Colony was part of Pennsylvania and known as the "Lower Three Counties". Penn's decree established Cape Henlopen as one of the first publicly used parcels of land in America.
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