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African Americans have, unfortunately, had a tragic history in the United States, and in Delaware. While slavery was not as prominent in Delaware as other states, slavery did still exist. Very few remnants of slavery in Delaware exist. One remnant is this slave dwelling, at the Governor Ross Mansion, on Ross Mansion Road in Seaford. The dwelling was built around 1855, and is believed to be the building mentioned in an 1860 insurance map and policy for William Henry Harrison Ross, who served as Governor of Delaware from 1851 to 1855. Despite being just 16x24 feet, it housed 14 adolescents and adults.

 

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The Howard Pyle Studios, on Franklin Street in Wilmington. The studio was built in 1900 by Howard Pyle, for his students of the Howard Pyle School of Art. That school trained famous painters of the Brandywine Group, such as Frank Schoonover and N.C. Wyeth. Pyle's own studio is located behind the school studio.

 

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The University & Whist Club, at in Wilmington. The clubhouse was originally the Tilton Mansion, and was built in 1802. The house was built by Dr. James Tilton, who crossed the Delaware River with George Washington, and served as Delaware's congressman for a time. Tilton suggested the site as the location for the US Capitol. The house was expanded in 1852. The University Club was formed in 1924, and used the house as its headquarters. The University Club and Whist Club, located on Delaware Avenue, merged in 1958.

 

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The old Sheriff's House, on Market Street in New Castle. The house was built in 1858, and was designed by Samuel Sloan, who was famous for designing several county courthouses throughout Pennsylvania. Behind the Sheriff's House was the jail, and within the jailyard were New Castle County's infamous whipping post and pillory, since Delaware was the last state to outlaw corporal punishment.

 

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The Towers, on NW Front Street in North Milford. The house was built in the late 1700s. Residents included the poet John Lofland, and Governor William Burton. The Queen Anne-style flair was added in 1891, and was originally painted green and red. It was repainted in the 1980s to pink with purple accents, when it became a bed-and-breakfast.

 

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Cloud's Row, on Delaware Street in New Castle. The townhouses were built in 1804, and were intended to emulate the urban environment of Philadelphia. Cloud's Row is the first rowhouse block in Delaware.

 

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The chapel of the old St. Joseph's Industrial School, on Duck Creek Road in Clayton. The school was founded in 1891 and financed by St. Katharine Drexel, from Philadelphia. The school educated Black and Native American boys from the eastern half of the United States. The chapel was built in 1896.

 

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The old First National Bank building, on Commerce Street in Harrington. The bank was built in 1887 in a Queen Anne style, and is best recognized for the zebra-striped arches. The brickwork has unfortunately since been painted over.

 

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Happy Separation Day! Separation Day is the day in 1776 that Delaware, then called the Three Lower Counties, declared "independence" from Pennsylvania, and also declared independence from Britain. Separation Day is celebrated in front of the old state house in New Castle.

 

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While all of Delaware's early summer festivals are cancelled or doing just take-out food this summer, everyone can look forward to a fun June 2021, with events such as the Italian Festival in Wilmington.

 
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