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The George Read II House, on The Strand in New Castle. The house was built in 1803 for George Read II, son of George Read, who signed the Declaration of Independence. The house was modeled after the Federal style, popular at the time in Philadelphia. Read's father's house originally stood off to the left, and burned in the Fire of 1824. The house's gardens now stand on the site.

 

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Stonum, on 9th Street in New Castle. The original portion of the house was built in 1730, with the main portion built before 1769. The house, which once had a sweeping view of the Delaware River, was the country home of Declaration of Independence signer George Read. The house was also a tenant farm that provided food to Read's main house in the middle of New Castle.

 

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A church that served the Irish community that was working for the Du Pont family was St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church, on Old Church Road in Westover Hills. The church was built in 1841 with money from the Du Pont family.

 

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Buena Vista, on US Route 13 near Tybouts Corner. The house was built in 1847 for John M. Clayton. It was named for a victory by Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War. Clayton served as Taylor's Secretary of State during his Presidency. Later, the house was the birthplace of C. Douglass Buck, who served as 58th Governor of Delaware.

 

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One of the last taverns from Wilmington's colonial days is the Sign of the Ship Tavern, at 3rd & Market Streets. The tavern, virtually unrecognizable from its early days, was built in 1740. The tavern, during and after the Revolutionary War, played host to notable people such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, and others.

 
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