When recorded in 1981, this nineteenth-century farm was found to be astonishingly intact, in spite of the proximity of modern development; the surveyors concluded, “Nowhere else in the Delaware coastal area is it possible to find such a complete and little altered complex.” The Dodd family had owned it since the eighteenth century. The shingled house mixed Federal and Greek Revival details. Nearby, the researchers found an extraordinary array of outbuildings, some with early implements inside: poultry house, milkhouse, carriage house, root cellar, privy, woodshed, well and windmill, stable, corn cribs, dairy barn, and granary. Active farming had ceased here decades before, and many of these structures were dilapidated. Burgeoning new development seemed likely to claim the site.
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