Wilmington is Delaware's largest city, but it was originally known as Willington, in honor of Thomas Willing, the first developer of the land. The original colony was founded by Sweden and Finland in 1638, and later fell in to the hands of the Dutch in 1655. Years following, under British rule and King George II the colony was granted a borough charter in 1739. It was at this time the name was changed from Willington to Wilmington, in honor of Spencer Compton, the Earl of Wilmington, a favorite of the King. The borough of Wilmington was officially granted its city charter in 1832.
Today the city of Wilmington encompasses 17 square miles and has a population of about 72,000. It is located on I-95, midway between New York City and Washington, D.C. and is approximately 25 minutes south of Philadelphia International Airport. More than 80 trains stop at the Wilmington train station each day, including Amtrak's high speed Acela.
Wilmington has firmly established itself as "America's Corporate Capital" due to the many benefits of Delaware's liberal tax structure, flexible and business-friendly corporation law, and the Delaware Court of Chancery. In fact, you will find that the official headquarters of many corporations located in and around the City of Wilmington.
For fun and entertainment, Wilmington offers a rich performing arts scene including Broadway productions staged in the DuPont Theatre, the oldest, continuously operating theatre in the nation. The Grand Opera House schedules more than 100 shows each season ranging from symphony orchestras, operas and ballets to the latest rock, jazz, folk, family, and comedy artists, while World Cafe Live at the Queen has revived the century-old Queen Theater into two stages for concerts, comedy and private/corporate events. The Riverfront Wilmington offers visitors a wide variety of entertainment choices, with museums, theaters, Frawley Stadium (home to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, a Class-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals), a trampoline park, a wide variety of restaurants, river cruises and the newly constructed Wilmington Westin hotel.
Wilmington is also home to many celebrated ethnic events and music festivals, including the free Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. Other events include outdoor concerts, and fun-filled evenings under the stars at our local wineries and breweries, fireworks displays, and fountain shows.