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Fairview (Dulaney House)

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Dulaney House
c. 1825 enlargement of earlier house. 119 South Hall St.
  • Fairview (Dulaney House) (HABS)

Before it was moved to this location in 1938, the frame house formed part of a 500-acre farm nearby on the Nanticoke, as described in the WPA Delaware Guide. Peter Rust of Virginia bought it in 1825 and added the larger two-story section with unusual twin fanlit doors and a Greek Revival portico around them (a house on Mt. Vernon Street in Smyrna has somewhat similar twin fanlights). “Planner” Williams was traditionally said to be the local architect of this and other homes. A chimneyed slave quarter appears in old photographs. William H. Dulaney acquired the place in the 1840s. A Southern sympathizer, he watched in outrage as Union troops from Baltimore disembarked from steamers and camped on his land, here to keep order in Seaford during the elections of 1862. When the complex was about to be razed for the DuPont plant, a local women's group, the Acorn Club, happily convinced the company to donate the house as their headquarters, and it was moved. It later served as the town library before being converted into a private home.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Fairview (Dulaney House)", [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, 292-293.

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