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These 2 Historic Delaware Homes Are Pillars of Their Communities

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These stately New Castle County abodes have stood the test of time and are both on the National Register of Historic Places.

This Old (Green) House


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Address: 211 N. Cass St., Middletown
Bedrooms, Baths: 6 bedrooms, 2 baths
Square Footage: 3,725
Lot Size: 0.22 acres


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Built in 1884, this grand Victorian known as the Joseph Biggs House boasts such original features as stained glass, Eastlake brass hardware and oak fretwork, as well as 21st-century updates, including geothermal heating and solar panels. Crowned with a slate mansard roof, the house is constructed from red brick in the Second Empire style, with an elaborate wrought-iron fence edging the sidewalk. The curved, three-story staircase is crafted from walnut. Located in the heart of Middletown, it’s a leisurely stroll to an ever-expanding roster of shops and restaurants. Or relax at home and enjoy the brick patio and koi pond.

Listed by Michael Kelczewski, Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

George Hillis Fortress


Photo by Janice Garbini

Address: 29 S. Old Baltimore Pike, Newark
Bedrooms, Baths: 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths
Square Footage: 2,750
Lot Size: 0.75 acres


Photo by Janice Garbini

With brick walls more than 16 inches thick, it isn’t surprising this house has survived since 1750. It’s a history buff’s dream, with abundant raised-panel walls, brass hardware and five fireplaces, including a mantel with beehive brick oven in the keeping room, which is visually warmed by heart-pine floors. The updated kitchen blends history and the present with raised-panel, Colonial-style cabinetry and newer appliances. A screened-in porch, ideal for entertaining, overlooks a spacious sylvan lot ensconced in mature trees. The cherry on top is a full third story that can be converted to additional bedrooms or an office.

Listed by Kevin Hensley, RE/MAX Premier Properties

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