A Trolley Square Timeline (from DelawareOnline.com)

1750 John Shallcross, a wealthy Quaker merchant, begins buying rural land west of Wilmington. He names the property “Hope Farm.” The farm passes through generations of his family.

1863 Portions of the Shallcross-Lovering “Hope Farm” (tracts within present-day Forty Acres boundaries) are sold off to A. Hughes and Thomas Taylor.

1864 Horse-drawn trolleys put into service with the barn set up at what is now Trolley Square.

1865 William Wharton purchases a tract of the Shallcross-Lovering Farm and builds the Logan House hotel.

Mid-1860s Real-estate references to the area are made as “Forty Acres.”

1865 John Fehrenbach purchases land from the Shallcross-Lovering “Hope Farm” with the intention of building a brewery.

1866 Remaining property of the Lovering farm is sold off in separate parcels to Henry Pickles, John McKinney, William Hoopes, James Bradford, J.S. Heald and Joseph H. Gould.

1866-67 Brewery founded by John Hartmann and John Fehrenbach. One of the brewery’s remaining three-story buildings is now Gallucio’s Bar & Cafe.

1871 Drugstore opens at southeast corner of Delaware Avenue and Du Pont Street (now the site of the vacant Smoke Shop).

1871 St. James Church at Lovering and Du Pont, its foundation damaged by vibrations from the Baltimore & Ohio Rail Road, is relocated to Union Street and changes its parish name to St. Ann’s.

1880 Soldiers and Sailors Monument built in triangular wedge at Broom Street and Delaware Avenue.

1884 Ornate red brick B&O railway station begins construction at the corner of Du Pont Street and Delaware Avenue.

1888 The city tries its first electric trolleys.

1889 John D. “Whiskers” Kelly and his wife take over the Logan House and later build houses in the area. (Kelly family still owns the Logan House.)

1893 The Water Witch Fire Company is built on Gilpin Avenue. Now known as Station No. 5 Fire House, it is still in use.

1900 Famed illustrator Howard Pyle opens his Wilmington school on Franklin Street.

1901 Thomas H. Cappeau buys the drugstore on Delaware Avenue. He runs “Cappy’s,” remembered for its pink marble soda fountain, until 1943, .

1934 Writer Henry Seidel Canby publishes “The Age of Confidence.”

1938 The first trackless trolleys are introduced.

1950 Constantinou family buys the old B&O lunch counter on Delaware Avenue across from the car barn. A decade later, the restaurant changes its name to Constantinou’s House of Beef.

1958 B&O discontinues passenger rail service.

1960 B&O station, most recently used as warehouse, is demolished.

1962 Acme market built at the far end of the lot from where the station once stood.

1966 Luther Towers I senior residence built at Harrison Street and Delaware Avenue.

1974 Old trolley barn, more recently known as the Delaware Coach Co., closes.

1978 Trolley Square Shopping Center built where the trolley barn once stood.

1991 Dan Butler opens Toscana in a new shopping center on Du Pont Street across from the Acme.

1992 Delaware Center for Horticulture opens in the old Wilmington parks maintenance facility.

2002 Forty Acres Historical Society founded.