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Deer Park Tavern (Deer Park Hotel)

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Deer Park Hotel
1851, with additions. 108 W. Main St.
  • Deer Park Tavern (W. Barksdale Maynard)

This three-story brick building, dispenser of drink to innumerable students, replaced the log St. Patrick's Inn (1747), a headquarters for Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon during their famous survey in the 1760s, which stood just east. Edgar Allen Poe reputedly lodged there. The B&O Railroad was laid behind the hotel in 1886, over local opposition. The place has endured its share of drunken sprees, including one in 1974 that saw a mob of 4,000 students and others battle 200 police for hours. The Deer Park had its porch and balcony (later accretions) torn off in 1951, then replaced in a restoration (2001, Design Collaborative).

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Deer Park Tavern (Deer Park Hotel)", [Newark, 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, 188-189.

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