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Mary Bruce Inn (The Jungalow)

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The Jungalow
1910–1911, Frank Stephens. 1941 alterations. 2321 Woodland Ln.

Famous reformer Upton Sinclair, author of The Jungle (1906), lived in Arden from spring 1910 to early 1912, spending the first year in a tent before building a house at the edge of Arden Woods with a $1,250 advance he had received for a book, Love's Pilgrimage (1911); the dwelling ended up costing $2,600, however. The main room, of stained wood, boasted a huge fireplace. A high shelf ran all around, holding Sinclair's library. In the 1930s, the place was the Mary Bruce Inn; then, in 1941, it underwent massive alterations. Immediately east is the Scott Nearing Cottage. A Wharton School economist, Nearing paid $13 annual rent for the last available lot on the Green, a low-lying corner. He spent summers here from about 1905 to 1915, building a cabin with, he recalled, a waist-high foundation and huge stone chimney. Sinclair remembered it as being one room and that he himself rented it as a study. Arden helped inspire Nearing's move to Vermont in 1932, in which he founded the modern back-to-the-land “homesteading” movement.

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W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Mary Bruce Inn (The Jungalow)", [Wilmington, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 39-39.

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