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Honeymoon Cottage

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c. 1860
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

By the road stands an entrance lodge now called Honeymoon Cottage, built for Ross's son, James Jefferson, at the time of his marriage. It was later moved away and narrowly escaped being destroyed in the early 1990s before being returned here and rebuilt (with a rear wing omitted). As with Ross Mansion (WS10), it copies the mid-nineteenth-century pattern-books of Andrew Jackson Downing, with board-and-batten siding, window hoods, ornamental vergeboards, and a projecting jetty above the door with three Gothic Revival windows. Across the road is James J. Ross's later Queen Anne–style house (1882), which has lost its original porches and trusswork in the gables.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Honeymoon Cottage", [Seaford, 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, 290-290.

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