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Thomas Maull House

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c. 1737. 542 Pilottown Rd.
  • Thomas Maull House (HABS)
  • (Photograph by Lindsay Long)

Long beloved as the prototypical Sussex colonial cottage, this very early, 30 × 16–foot gambrel-roofed dwelling covered with cedar shakes exemplifies the growth of the community at Pilottown, home of many ship captains. Carpenter Samuel Paynter built the house, then sold it to the Maulls, who lived here for generations. The four-room plan is hall-parlor, making it larger and more elaborate than most of the now-vanished wooden dwellings of eighteenth-century Sussex County. The hall has a nicely paneled fireplace end. The Daughters of the American Revolution and architect George F. Bennett restored the house in 1962, in the process interviewing a woman who had lived there as a child in the 1880s, who recalled certain interior details.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Thomas Maull House", [Lewes, 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, 268-268.

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