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Jehu M. Reed House

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1771. 1868. West side of U.S. 113 near Bowers Beach Rd., Little Heaven
  • Jehu M. Reed House
  • Jehu M. Reed House

Another fascinating Delaware “evolved” house (see KT15 and WS21), this brick colonial dwelling beside the highway turned Italianate after the Civil War and seems a strange fusion of styles and periods. The property belonged to the related Newell-Sipple-Reed families for centuries (1685–1912). The first section (a side-passage house consisting of the three bays at right) was built for Henry Newell in glazed-header Flemish bond. Jehu M. Reed's father moved in upon marrying in 1827, and three years later he planted a peach orchard—introducing, some have said, this fruit as a crop to the United States. The younger Reed took over in 1858, expanding the farm to 250 acres and making it highly profitable via scientific farming. He transformed the house by adding the two bays at left and an upper story, and running a wrought-iron porch across the front. The rooftop observatory was gone by the 1930s. The house is threatened with demolition.

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W. Barksdale Maynard
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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Jehu M. Reed House", [Frederica, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DE-01-KT29.

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Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 238-239.

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