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Eratt House

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Mid-18th century. Road 572, south of intersection with Road 569, near Maryland line
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

The rarity of eighteenth-century houses in Sussex County makes this semi-ruinous example especially significant. Little is known of the three-bay brick dwelling beyond the name of Eratt, its mid-nineteenth-century owner. The setting, near Marshyhope Creek, is remote. Some features are quirky, such as windows and doors unpredictably off-center and a long iron strap reinforcing the base of each gable. A frame extension has been removed. In time, the house was brutally converted into a mechanic's garage, a huge opening cut in the west wall and the entire first floor—even the floor joists—ripped out. The second floor remained eerily intact. Deteriorating rapidly, the Eratt House appears gravely threatened.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Eratt House", [Bridgeville, 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, 287-288.

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