Millsboro, the first point on the Indian River, was founded in 1860 and incorporated in 1893. Its first residents were Nanticoke Indians of Sussex County, who still number nearly 500 in the area. The town’s name stems from the number of gristmills and sawmills that thrived in the area after the damming of the headwaters of the Indian River in 1792. Cupola Park is one of the best places to view the Indian River, and was the site of a foundry and forge that operated until after the Civil War. Millsboro is almost surrounded by water, including Millsboro Pond, Ingrams Pond and Betts Pond. One of the fastest-growing areas in the state, the Millsboro region also is home to the communities of Gumboro, Oak Orchard and Long Neck.
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