Millsboro Community Page

Millsboro Community Page

Millsboro is a distinctive town with a celebrated history and a treasured past, evident through the town’s many historical sites.Millsboro was established in 1792, primarily due to the efforts of Elisha Dickerson, who built a dam to shut off the headwaters of the Indian River at Rock Hole. He continued to build a large sawmill and gristmill, two of the 15 mills within a 4-mile radius of Millsboro. The area was known as Rock Hole Mills at the time, due to the number of mills in the area, in addition to the area’s close proximity to Rock Hole. The area’s name was later changed to Millsborough in 1809, and then shortened to its current name of Millsboro in 1837, when Millsborough and the nearby town of Washington became one.Millsboro was later founded in 1860, and incorporated in 1893. 

Nanticoke Indian Museum

The Nanticoke Indian Museum is another well-known and beloved Millsboro attraction. This museum is more than just a national historic landmark; it is the only Native American Museum in the state of Delaware! The museum features artifacts and displays of the Nanticoke tribe that occupied what is now Millsboro centuries before it was founded! Check out their website to learn more about this unique and noteworthy museum.

The town had always been considered a market hub for the surrounding area with its riverside location, therefore the installation of a railroad shortly after the Civil War seemed like a logical step. The railroad helped Millsboro continually develop and grow through the late 19th and early 20th centuries as the town’s main mode of transporting their goods to larger markets.

Greater Millsboro offers many opportunities for a satisfying leisure experience. Take a few friends bowling in Millsboro, or see a movie at an old-fashioned family theater in Dagsboro. Explore the Southern Delaware Heritage Trail by auto or bicycle. Go antiquing for that perfect treasure.

Today Millsboro is a thriving, exciting community to be a part of; from the downtown business district and beautiful scenery to its unique waterfront views and notable historic sites, Millsboro has it all. Millsboro is a town in Sussex County, Delaware. The population was 3,877 at the 2010 census, an increase of 64.3% over the past decade.[1] It is part of theSalisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. 

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), of which 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (10.82%) is water.

There were 1,045 households out of which 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. 36.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.77.

Fishing, crabbing and boating are popular pastimes in the warm-weather months.

  • Sport fishing excursions are available in Oak Orchard through Captain Tom's Charters, at 302-945-3474.
  • Whitecaps Cafe features a crabbing pier with bait and tackle shop on the Indian River Bay; call 302-947-9374.
  • Public boat ramps in Millsboro and Long Neck provide access to the tidal Indian River Bay and local freshwater ponds.

Contact the Millsboro Chamber at 302-934-6777 for information.

Cupola Park. This waterfront park on tidal Indian River is a delightful location for outdoor events in downtown Millsboro. The park features a pavilion with picnic tables and barbecue grills, a playground, boat ramps, shoreline fishing, and the largest bald cypress tree in Delaware. Cupola Park is within walking distance of downtown Millsboro's tax-free shopping and dining opportunities.

Atkins Park is a favorite outdoor attraction. Millsboro Little League Complex Conveniently located on State Street in downtown Millsboro, the Little League complex is the site of the community's large outdoor events. Atkins Park can accommodate thousands of people for fairs, carnivals, tournaments, concerts, etc. The park features electrical service, lighting, sound, and indoor restrooms. Two portable stages are available, and other equipment can be brought in with permission.

Delaware's Coastal Resorts on the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay are only minutes from the Greater Millsboro area. In addition to the main attractions of sand and surf, these family-style resorts offer restaurants, boardwalks, nightclubs, beautiful state parks, and other amusements, plus lots of tax-free shopping.