Delaware: Other Historic Sites Summary

  • Last updated on November 10, 2022

A list of important historic sites in Delaware.

Broom House

Location: Montchanin, New Castle County

Relevant issues: Colonial America, political history

Statement of significance: Jacob Broom (1752-1810), a signer of the U.S. Constitution, served in the Delaware legislature and attended the Annapolis Convention (1786). He lived in this house from 1795 to 1802.

Dickinson House

Location: Dover, Kent County

Relevant issues: Colonial America, political history

Statement of significance: John Dickinson (1732-1808) served in the Delaware and Pennsylvania legislatures. He was a member of the Stamp Act Congress, the First and Second Continental Congresses, and the Constitutional Convention. His political writings, such as Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania (1767-1768), were influential.

Fort Christina

Location: Wilmington, New Castle County

Relevant issues: European settlement, military history

Statement of significance: This was the site of the first Swedish military outpost (1638) in the Delaware Valley, which became the nucleus of the first Swedish settlement in North America and its trading and commercial center. It fell into disrepair after the English conquest in 1664, and the last vestiges of the fort disappeared.

Stonum

Location: New Castle, New Castle County

Relevant issues: Colonial America, political history

Statement of significance: This was the country home of George Read (1733-1798), signer of the U.S. Constitution, whose support led Delaware to become the first state to ratify the document.

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