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Collins-Sharp House

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Early 18th century. 1962 moved here and restored, Albert Kruse. 2nd and High sts.
  • Collins-Sharp House (HABS)
  • (Dave Tabler)

Planned construction of a giant Shell refinery threatened to doom this early house, which then stood in a scenic spot along Road 493 on Thoroughfare Neck near Taylors Bridge, overlooking a marsh and surrounded by centuries-old trees. Sharp paid to move the building to Odessa. The foreman supervising the difficult, sixteen-mile overland trip had a nervous breakdown, but the house arrived safely. The long, one-and-a-half story gambrel-roofed form is a common Eastern Shore type. Its structure is frame with brick nogging, covered by wide, irregular weatherboards. A change in the weatherboarding from matched to overlapping suggests that two houses were joined. Inside, the paneled end-wall is notable. A big fireplace long served as the Winterthur hearth-cooking site.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Collins-Sharp House", [Odessa, 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, 214-214.

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