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Selborne Farms

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1919 and later. Selborne Dr. (private road), north of Centreville

Intending to establish a country club, a syndicate of wealthy Wilmingtonians paid Henry Gause $60,000 for his 600-acre dairy farm in 1917. Plans changed, however, and houses were built instead, most of which are hidden from public view, including the Christopher Ward home, Bramshott, by a top Philadelphia firm (1919–1920, Walter Mellor for Mellor, Meigs and Howe). Ward's house featured steel casement windows imported from England and ironwork by Samuel Yellin. Nearby stood Selborne, home to Colonel Daniel Moore Bates, designed in a provincial French Norman style by Philadelphians (1928–1930, Willing, Sims and Talbutt), also with Yellin ironwork. Visible from Kennett Pike is the stone, Colonial Revival–style Henry Canby House (1919). East of the Selborne entrance road stands Mt. Airy No. 27 School (1863), now a residence.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Selborne Farms", [Wilmington, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 56-56.

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