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Camden, Del. Announcement Named First Kent County Businesses Joining Byway Small Biz Effort; Debuted Byway’s ‘Byway Buck’ Program; and Unveiled New ‘Tubman Byway’s’ Route Markers

On Friday, July 31, 2015, U.S. Small Business Administration officials; State of Delaware representatives; and local leaders announced the first Kent County, Del., businesses joining the ‘Tubman Byway Initiative’;

SBA Del. Deputy District Director addresses press conference announcing Kent County launch of ‘Tubman Byway Initiative.’

debuted the ‘Byway Buck’ voucher, redeemable for discounts and other offers at Byway-affiliated businesses; and unveiled road signage slated to mark Delaware’s stretch of the historic ‘Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway,’ identifying its route through the First State.  The ‘Tubman Byway’ is a roadway route marking some of Harriet Tubman’s documented movements ferrying fugitive slaves from bondage along Maryland’s eastern shore to freedom in the North during the pre-Civil-War era. The ‘Tubman Byway Initiative’ is a pilot program joining Byway-adjacent small businesses together to offer and jointly promote incentives to 

travelers to visit the Byway, patronize its small businesses, and get to know the First State and its history, one character-filled town at a time.  July 31st’s official remarks were made from the steps of Delaware Bay Trading Company, a gift shop located directly on the ‘Tubman Byway’s’ path through Camden and housed in the Camden and Wyoming, Del. ‘Tubman-Byway’-affiliated business owners gather with ‘Tubman Byway Chairperson Ron Rucker and SBA Del. Deputy District Director John Banks at the base of a newly-erected ‘Tubman Byway’ road marker along Camden-Wyoming Avenue.National Historic Register’s ‘Edward Cole House’ (c.a. 1780).  Following the event’s formal remarks, officials conducted a walking tour of three Camden, Del., businesses participating in the Initiative: Delaware Bay Trading Company and General Lockwood’s Coffee House; Knight’s Fine Jewelry; and Yarn & & Bone Pet Supply Company. Underground Railroad Coalition of Del. officials accompanied the walking tour, highlighting historic buildings along the route and discussing Camden’s small business make-up during Harriet Tubman’s time.

The following Camden and Wyoming, Del. businesses are the first Kent County businesses to join the ‘Tubman Byway Initiative’:

  • The Corner Apothecary

2 S. Main St., Camden, Del. 19934


  • Simply Charming

2 S Railroad Ave. and 11 Mill St., Wyoming, Del. 19934


  • Delaware Bay Trading Company and General Lockwood’s Coffee House

102 S. Main St., Camden, Del 19934


  • Tre Sorrelle Dolce

11 S. Railroad Ave., Wyoming, Del. 19934


  • Delaware Guitar School

200 Southern Blvd. Camden-Wyoming, Del. 19934


  • Yarn and Bone Pet Supply Company

Behind Redner’s in the CR Plaza, 129 Rd 4 #1, Camden, DE 19934


  • Halls Family Restaurant

108 N. Railroad Ave, Wyoming, Del. 19934


  • Witt Brothers Market

113 W Camden Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, DE 19934


  • Knight’s Fine Jewelry

240 East Camden-Wyoming Ave., Camden, Del. 19934


  • WSF

“The Tubman Byway’ Initiative looks at introducing revenue drivers for Byway affiliated businesses like: the ‘Byway Buck’ voucher, redeemable for discounts and other offers at Byway-affiliated businesses special events hosted by Byway-affiliated businesses; tourist discovery areas within businesses; signage and byway improvements; and grant opportunities to entice tourists to visit byways and patronize their businesses,”SBA Del. Deputy Director John Banks (left) and ‘Tubman Byway’ Chair Ron Rucker (right) present Yarn & Bone owner Matt Moorefield with ‘Tubman Byway storefront seal to visibly mark his business as ‘Tubman Byway affiliated.’

explains Delaware DOT Byways Coordinator, Ann Gravatt. “This pilot program aims to demonstrate increased patronage in Byway-affiliated businesses to promote year-round, statewide tourism in Delaware and instill new a sense of neighborhood pride in our byway communities, all while helping First State businesses succeed. This pilot program is truly a ‘win-win’ scenario.  If it is successful, it is slated to expand to all six Delaware state-designated byways.”

“We all have a stake in homegrown Delaware business’ success,” said John Banks, SBA Delaware Deputy District Director. “Small businesses like the ones along the ‘Tubman Byway’ in Camden tie communities together. They are what make ‘home’ ‘home.’  “We are proud to support their success by supporting programs like this pilot partnership program for small businesses lining Delaware’s byways and by providing entrepreneurs with financing, technical assistance and federal government contracting support.”

Participating in July 31st’s ‘Tubman Byway Kent County Initiative’ Kent County launch were:

  • Del. Congressional delegation representatives
  • Del. State Senator Brian J. Bushweller (D)
  • Del. State Representative Lyndon D. Yearick (R)
  • Ken Anderson, Director, Entrepreneurial & Small Business
  • Support, Del. Office of Economic Development

  • Town of Camden, Del. Mayor Justin King
  • Town of Wyoming, Del. Mayor Frankie Dale Rife
  • Ron Rucker, Chairman, Harriet Tubman Byway Management Organization
  • John Banks, SBA Del. Deputy District Director


The ‘Tubman Byway’ traverses Maryland from the eastern shore region northward, entering the First State from Maryland at Kent County’s Sandtown, Del., continuing north through Kent and New Castle Counties, and exiting into Pennsylvania where Del.

 Route 52 crosses the Pennsylvania state line.  Camden and Wyoming, Del. comprise the first condensed, commercial stretch along the ‘Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway’ after it crosses the border from Maryland into the First State.

The ‘Tubman Byway’ Initiative launched Delaware Byway wide in Wilmington, Del.’s Southbridge section, in March 2015.  Businesses joining the ‘Tubman Byway’ Initiative in Southbridge include: Harvest Christian Retail Stores; Sepia Pre-Paid Dry Cleaning; and Ms. Bonnies Savvor the Flavvor Seefood Restaurant.

To learn more about the ‘Tubman Byway Initiative’ or to apply to become a ‘Tubman Byway’ affiliated business, visit: http://www.tubmanbywaydelaware.org.