Delaware state seal 1777. coat of arms, "Great Seal of the State of Delaware," & 1704 first Delaware General Assembly. 1776 independence declared. 1787 became 1st state. coat of arms adopted 1777 contains symbols: Ship - ship building. Farmer. Militiaman. Wheat Sheaf - agricultural vitality. Maize - agricultural basis of economy. Water - Delaware River. Ox - animal husbandry. Motto - "Liberty and Independence" was approved in 1847.
Bethany Beach, Delaware Our family stayed in So.Bethany Beach at the Tippet's cottage every summer. My dad( a general contractor) bartered some repair work on the cottage and we stayed there one summer, fell in love with Bethany...and the rest is history!