Slaughter Beach, DE.

It’s Halloween season so it’s time to uncover one of the country’s more gruesome names: Slaughter Beach.

Often times, when looking up a cool sounding name, the answer is not as interesting as it would first appear. For example, one might expect the name of the town to come instead from a person’s last name. Here, however, that is only one possible scenario.

It was named after William Slaughter, a local postmaster in the mid-19th century.


The second story claims “the name came from the horseshoe crabs that wash up on shore and die each year.

Alright, well that’s something. The description goes on:

They come near shore to shallow water to lay their eggs and the low tide strands them leaving them to die, thus the “slaughter.”

That’s a pretty colorful tale. Wiki offers a third possible explanation but even they seem skeptical calling the option, “The most contested source of the town name.”

The third story…stems from a local legend which tells of a man named Brabant who, in the mid-18th century, “slaughtered” several indigenous inhabitants by cannon in order to prevent an impending massacre.

A brief reminder that history is a bummer.

Slaughter Beach has a population of just over 200 people and is not near anything. Even by Delaware standards.

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