Even in the 1960s, development of land resources along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay was prolific and spreading rapidly westward. In an effort to save the upland forests and wetlands of Angola Neck, and one of the last remaining open lands in Sussex County’s coastal area, Delaware Wild Lands purchased 347 acres on the western shore of Rehoboth Bay in 1967. Later that year, we acquired 66 acres of woodland as an addition to our Angola Neck properties. In the following six years, Delaware Wild Lands acquired the Bookhammer and Perry properties ensuring that approximately 700 acres of shoreline and marsh would remain undeveloped forever.
In 2005, Delaware Wild Lands conveyed over 700 acres of our Angola Neck holdings to the State of Delaware to be managed as a nature preserve by the State of Delaware Department of Delaware Parks & Recreation.