This is the third in a series about our president & vice presidential candidates’ hometowns. Maybe by walking in their proverbial footsteps, you can decide who you will get your vote and have a good vacation. We, of course are completely non-partisan. The series will run each day this week. Today we are focusing on Senator Biden’s stomping grounds in Delaware, yesterday was Senator McCain’s town of Phoenix, on Tuesday we featured Senator Obama’s Chicago, tomorrow we will complete the series by showcasing Governor Palin’s home turf in lovely Wasilla.
Start with the train station. Senator Joe Biden has commuted between Washington DC and his home daily since 1972, when he was first elected to the Senate. This is his hometown station. Sweet little place, isn’t it?
Grab some culture at Nemours Mansion and Gardens.
or at the Winterthur Museum & Country Estate.
Have a little more time? Take a look at what Mr. Biden has been seeing in Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley for past 30 plus years including Hagley Museum, Longwood Gardens, the Brandywine River Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Brandywine Zoo, and the Highland Orchards Farm Market..
Wilmington is still nursing a massive European cultural hangover from a cocktail of the first Swedish settlers, their subsequent Dutch conquerors and then the Colonial British era. Be sure to see some of it, to understand the history of this town.
There’s also Fort Christina, which commemorates the colony of New Sweden established in 1638 when Peter Minuit’s foray into the New World in the Swedish ships Kalmar Nyckel and Fogel Grip landed up in the Delaware Valley. Speaking of which, you might also want to take a look at the new Tall Ship of Delaware if its docked at the Port of Wilmington on the Christina River. If you’re interested in smaller boats, you can also take a river taxi ride.
Enjoy your stay and remember to vote.