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Causey Mansion

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1763. c. 1855 alterations and wings. Causey Ave. and Walnut St., south Milford (in Sussex County)
  • Causey Mansion (HABS)
  • Causey Mansion (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

A landmark older than the town, this yellow-painted brick house was built for Levin Crapper. Its design was long attributed, obscurely, to an English architect named Mitchell; certainly it was one of the most substantial Georgian houses in Sussex County at that date, Crapper being the wealthiest man around. Next it was home to Colonel Daniel Rogers, governor of Delaware in 1797–1799. Another governor, the Know-Nothing politician Peter F. Causey (elected 1855), bought the house in 1849 and transformed it to Greek Revival, with delicate iron grilles in the low horizontal windows of the added third floor, low pediments over the other windows, and a one-story central porch with paired Ionic columns. He reversed the orientation of the dwelling to face the growing town of Milford. New owners restored the mansion in 1986–1988 as a bed-and-breakfast. They show guests how the walls of the hallway are ornamented with Lincrusta, a linoleumlike embossed fabric imitating tooled leather.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Causey Mansion", [Milford, 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, 244-245.

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