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The Maples

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c. 1860. 1880s altered. Bunker Hill and Choptank rds., west of Middletown
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

This frame house built for the Derrickson family stands among old trees at the heart of a 200-acre farm in an area fast filling with development. Its appearance is little-changed: pilastered porch; odd center gable, much like an oversized dormer with mansard profile and a wide, pierced bargeboard; and a slate roof with colorful, patterned shingles (recently replaced). These embellishments were added in the 1880s to bring the simple, vernacular house up-to-date stylistically, as was often the case in prosperous nineteenth-century rural Delaware.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "The Maples", [Middletown, 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, 215-216.

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