DescriptionWith its emergence in the early 19th century as one of the area's most important grain shipping ports, the name of the town known as Cantwell's Bridge was changed to Odessa, after Russia's seaport. Farmers brought their produce to town, where it was shipped down Appoquinimink Creek to the Delaware River, then to domestic and foreign ports.
The significance of the port was eclipsed in the mid-1800s with the coming of the railroad. The railroad bypassed the city on its way through the Delmarva Peninsula and the Midwest became the nation's major grain producing region. Odessa was a primary station of the Underground Railroad prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. Well-preserved examples of 18th- and 19th-century architecture line Odessa's shaded streets.
Things to SeeHistoric Houses of Odessa