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Smyrna Museum (The Barracks)

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The Barracks
c. 1795 and later. 11 S. Main St.
  • (Photo by Dave Tabler)

The six-bay, two-story, Federal-style brick house south of Four Corners was later given a front porch and bracketed Italianate cornice. The first Delaware state draft lottery took place on this porch in 1863. The traditional name, The Barracks, referred to its supposed use by militia in the War of 1812. Duck Creek Historical Society took over the property in 1981 and operates a museum. Across the street stands the former Colonial Revival brick post office (1915–1916, James A. Wetmore), on the steps of which President Warren G. Harding briefly spoke in June 1923.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Smyrna Museum (The Barracks)", [Smyrna, 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, 229-229.

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