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.

Snooze.

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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