If you live in an old house, you have probably wondered when it was built, what it looked like in the past, and who lived there before you. Researching the history of your home can answer these questions. You may have to do considerable detective work, but you will have a lot of fun uncovering some interesting facts along the way. You may learn how people lived in the past and how your community evolved. The history you uncover will contribute to the understanding of our local history and culture. The results of this research can make your home more personal and help you make informed decisions about how to undertake renovations.
This booklet will guide you to some basic sources of information and to the local research facilities where information about New Castle County properties can be found. If you continue your research, you will undoubtedly discover other sources not listed here. One piece of information may provide clues to more. Some properties are very well documented, while others yield few clues about their past. This depends on how often previous owners were involved in activities that required filing legal documents or how active they were in community affairs. There is no way to predict what you will find until you begin.
READ MANSION, ON DELAWARE BAY, NEW CASTLE, DEL., IN COLONIAL DAYS
Residence of George Read, Attorney Geneneral in 1763, and afterwards. a Signor of the Declaration of Independence and Framer of the Constitution of the United States.
This research guide has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, department of the Interior. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Department of the Interior.
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