Description of Claymont

Description of Claymont

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Michele Rossi

Wilmington, DE

#1 Dec 29, 2012
Doing graduate work-- just want to hear how people choose to describe Claymont-- thanks!
Ronnie

United States

#2 May 7, 2013
All pale white trash dudes on disability.
Common sense

West Grove, PA

#3 Jun 17, 2013
A working class community and great place to grow up in the 40s, 50s and 60s. My parents are proud graduates of Claymont High.Hate to be negative but move out industry , bring in low cost housing and more problems arise.

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#4 Jul 11, 2013
I find most disturbing how Claymont's town "center" has become obscured and nearly buried by the suburban sprawl and hop-scotch development of the last thirty years. Claymont's town center was built around the older two-lane post road , the 'King's Highway' that's been named the Philadelphia Pike and now has become a four lane(in some stretches) highway. The 'Hickman Row homes','Overlook Colony','Brookview Apts.', the residential homes built on the slope leading down to the train station (northeast area beside Myrtle Avenue , etc. were inter-spaced in between the commercial properties and businesses --the biggest businesses were ,of course, Worth/Phoenix Steel Corp.(now Chinese-owned Evraz Steel), Dupont's Chemical plant in near-by Edgemoor, and the anchor department store Strawbridges&Clothier in the old Merchandise Mart(today a Food Lion grocery store is the business anchor) and the Sears&Roebuck store on the Pike(now city offices, unemployent center, etc.). The smaller businesses(Richardson's, Buffington's, Reese's Gulf, Charles Moon's Plumbing, the Food Fair(now the Waterfall catering establishment, the A&P (now Food Lion , Hoy's 5&10, Walberts, Smith's Drugstore & Soda Fountain, the Claymont Public Stone Library, The Wren House, Naamans Tea House, The Pantry, etc.) were built closer along either side of Philadelphia Pike between the two main High Schools Claymont High and Archmere Academy(rivals in sports like football, track, and baseball, and for students seeking a smoother upward social mobility path.)

What strikes me most about Claymont in its hey day was the rubbing of elbows closeness of the very poorest with the wealthiest in the town. We all walked to the same stores on the Pike, took the same mass transit ,(Pennsylvania railroad , Wilmington bus service), and shared the same dreams of getting ahead through education, hard work, and community service. I am also struck by the sad realization of the slashing up of the Claymont town center by the two super highways I-95 and I-495 and the damage it has done to Claymont's original exurban fabric integrity. Claymont proper had been cut off from its principle mass transit resource, the train station, and nothing has taken its place . Good walkable towns with strong vibrant cultural and business cores need reliable, friendly, pleasurable mass transit to survive too .
nelson f wheatley

Mineral Springs, AR

#5 Feb 7, 2015
my name is nelson wheatley i lived in claymont from 56 - 60 was class of 60 i came across your post while on facebook i would like anyone that might possibly remember me i'm 100 percent disabled from the vietnam war can't walk so i spend alot of time sitting here on facebook i've looked through our class year book but because of a severe case of PTSD my memory is shot i have found a few of my class mates but would like to find more i lived at 17 Lexington Drive in rolling park anyone that can help me would sure be appreciated

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#6 May 9, 2015
nelson f wheatley wrote:
my name is nelson wheatley i lived in claymont from 56 - 60 was class of 60 i came across your post while on facebook i would like anyone that might possibly remember me i'm 100 percent disabled from the vietnam war can't walk so i spend alot of time sitting here on facebook i've looked through our class year book but because of a severe case of PTSD my memory is shot i have found a few of my class mates but would like to find more i lived at 17 Lexington Drive in rolling park anyone that can help me would sure be appreciated
Welcome , Vietnam Vet, I hope that your use of a computer to go on facebook (and other sites like topix) willhelp you to write more . Your memories and thoughts on our recent past history of overseas wars and rapid domestic change will be most valuable to the rest of us who may be too young to remember those years . Welcome again and hope you'll feel like posting much more. Two Facebook groups that you might be interested in are 'Claymont High School(Delaware)-An Alumni Group for Claymont High . Vincent Strmel has links to his outstanding project to upload old Claymont High yearbooks. You might be able to find your high school yearbook there too and look up old classmates. Also,'Memories in Wilmington' is another group that you might like. Hope to see ya' over there some time.
Juliet

Wilmington, DE

#7 Sep 1, 2015
My family's been here in Claymont since the twenties. we had a campground, restaurant, apartment building, miscellaneous stores which through the years have all been sold off. I'm hoping for great change and a clean up in Claymont. Through the years it has lost Many of its caring residents. My grandmother was a second grade school teacher for nearly 30 years in Claymont her name was Marie Cade. My grandparents built this house and I'm very fond of it so I hope Claymont rises once again.
Holotta Wytrache

West Chester, PA

#9 Sep 2, 2015
Holotta Wytrache wrote:
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It's all blue collar white trash kids snorting OxyContin. Lots of dudes collecting disability and driving Pontiac TransAms.
Absolutely worthless people.
Claymont smells like white trash scum and refineries.

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#10 Nov 28, 2015
Juliet wrote:
My family's been here in Claymont since the twenties. we had a campground, restaurant, apartment building, miscellaneous stores which through the years have all been sold off. I'm hoping for great change and a clean up in Claymont. Through the years it has lost Many of its caring residents. My grandmother was a second grade school teacher for nearly 30 years in Claymont her name was Marie Cade. My grandparents built this house and I'm very fond of it so I hope Claymont rises once again.
Juliet, I hope that you'll post more here about your memories of Claymont . Your grandmother Mrs. Cade was my favorite teacher at Green Street Elementary School in Claymont .
Jimeastport

Annapolis, MD

#11 Jan 2, 2016
Michele Rossi wrote:
Doing graduate work-- just want to hear how people choose to describe Claymont-- thanks!
I meet my wife out of Claymont High School, still together since 1973 and some still in contact with the best people I have ever had an opportunity to have as friends. Claymont High Thank You
MaryS

Wilmington, DE

#12 Mar 9, 2017
I've traveled the world and Claymont DE is the only town I've encountered with an ARMED GUARD in the Food Lion supermarket. The Shoprite closed down for obvious reasons, lol.

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