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c. 1763, with additions. 121 Delaware Ave.
  • Rosemont (HABS)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

This much-altered frame house just north of the town center was one of the first Georgianstyle buildings erected in Sussex County; in the nineteenth century it received a Greek Revival portico. The dwelling was built for James Mitchell, whose son Nathaniel inherited it. Nathaniel was a prisoner of war in the American Revolution, a member of the Continental Congress, and finally governor (1805–1808). Homes of downstate governors survive in disproportionate numbers: of the eight men who served in 1797–1817 (all from Kent or Sussex counties), houses are still extant for seven. In addition to Rosemont, they are: Daniel Rodgers, Causey Mansion (KT38); Richard Bassett and James Sykes, homes on the Green, Dover; David Hall, 107 Kings Highway, Lewes; George Truitt, house on DE 33 outside Felton; and Daniel Rodney, 231 2nd Street, Lewes.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Rosemont", [Laurel, 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, 295-295.

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