A New Name for Slaughter Beach?
How about S. Laughter Beach!
Traveling along Delaware Route 1 S toward the Atlantic Ocean beaches, I would sometimes take the SR-36 exit toward Milford/Slaughter Beach, turn left onto Cedar Beach Road/SR-36 and continue to follow it until I saw the Delaware Bay and the white sandy beaches of Slaughter Beach.
I really wanted to buy a beach home there! But I kept musing about telling my northern friends about my beach address. Somehow, Slaughter just didn't sound happy and sunny to me! Why did the town choose that name?
I discovered Slaughter Beach was founded in 1681 and incorporated in 1931. It bears the name of William Slaughter, a local postmaster in the mid-1800's. Some locals insist the name arose from another reason: the large number of horseshoe crabs that wash up on the beach and die there each year. Yet another story claims that a man named Brabant in the mid-1700's "slaughtered" indigenous inhabitants by cannon to stop a planned massacre at the site. Only the first reason held appeal for me.
Yet, I couldn't help imagining that mailing address issue again. Finally, I had it figured out! I could purchase a property at the southern end of the beach, and surreptitiously have my return mailing labels printed up reading S. Laughter Beach, Delaware! Now that sounded happy and sunny to me!