Situated twelve miles north of the state capital of Dover and roughly 30 miles south of Wilmington, Smyrna is a rapidly growing municipality. Smyrna sits on the south bank of Duck Creek in Kent County. North of the Creek is New Castle County. The area's growth has moved the town north of Duck Creek with new homes and residents finding themselves affiliated with services in Smyrna but living in New Castle County.
Smyrna was founded as a river town in 1755 and for many years was known as Duck Creek. It soon became a profitable merchant vessel port with grains, lumber, peaches and even fertilizer leaving the tiny hamlet for other locales. Smyrna’s heart can be found at the intersection of Commerce and Main Streets in the downtown district. Not far from the four corners visitors will find the old and historic Smyrna Opera House, home to the town’s Historical Society and its collections. Old
homes are abundant in Smyrna with nearly 500 properties that qualify to be placed on the National Historic Register.
Lake Como, just south of the business district opens each summer for recreational activities.
Smyrna has a council-manager city government with a mayor, six council members and a town manager overseeing city departments.
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