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Del. Declares Selbyville Diner Historical Landmark

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SELBYVILLE, Del. -- Woody's Diner located inside Doyle's Restaurant in Selbyville is now a historical landmark in the First State.

The Delaware Public Archives Historic Marker program called the original dining car the "oldest operating and best preserved Silk City dining car in the state."

The diner, previously owned by Woody Sturgis, was sold to the Doyle family in 1983.

Manager Brandon Doyle said other than replacing the vinyl seating every so often, not much has changed in the dining car over the years.

"Most things are still probably 75-80 percent original in here," said Doyle. "The only changes that we've had to make are meeting up with the health codes," said the manager.

Doyle said it's an honor to be a steward of an aspect of Delaware's history.

"This is not just about the restaurant. This is a big deal for the town. It's a big deal for the community. It's a big deal for the entire state. But it's also a big deal for agriculture for the entire United States because this is where a lot of this history began," he said.

Woody's Diner is also a landmark for another important reason.

Back in 1951, a group of poultry workers used the diner as a meeting place to discuss their concerns about the industry.

That group would later go on to form the Eastern Shore Poultry Growers Exchange -- a large-scale chicken auction operation that changed the poultry industry on Delmarva.

Regular patrons said the historical marker is a milestone for the town and the people.

"It's always been for the people in town here. It's always been a landmark. And it's good that the state recognizes that too," said David Bunting of Bishopville, Md.

"I've been coming to Doyle's well over 25 years. It's always got a good homey atmosphere so I love it," said Annie Bowden-Fritz of Ocean Pines, Md.

Some patrons have been coming to the diner since it was Woody's.

"It's just always been a good local place to come and eat!" said Sandra Veneable of Bishopville who was with her mother at the diner Sunday afternoon.

"Always felt at home here," said Myrtle Hickman, Veneable's 93-year old mother.

Now that Woody's Diner is a piece of Delaware's history, it will always have a home in Selbyville.

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