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The Lindens (Miller's House)

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Miller's House
1765 or earlier. Duck Creek Rd. (N. Main St.) at Duck Creek, north of Smyrna
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

Founded by 1705 where the King's Highway forded a navigable creek, Duck Creek Village was the oldest settlement in northern Kent County. By the Revolution it had three churches. Later, the creek silted up and nearby Smyrna became ascendant. Nothing survives of the churches but their graveyards, and the village vanished except for an 80 × 100–foot gristmill and a miller's house (The Lindens). The mill (1820s and later) was dilapidated when recorded by historians in 1981 and was subsequently razed. The dwelling, a brick gambrel-roofed structure four bays wide, was threatened with demolition by the highway department in 1960, but the state archives department rescued it. A marbleized dado inside is rare, although Brook Ramble ( LN21) has one, too.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "The Lindens (Miller's House)", [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, 225-225.

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