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Thomas D. Clayton School

KC-103: Originally Installed on 2007. In 1919, a new era for education in Delaware was initiated when a statewide effort to replace old and outdated facilities was undertaken. In 1922, the new Smyrna Colored School opened its doors for African-Americans and other persons of color residing in Central Delaware. The school was attended by grades […]

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School District No. 5

KC-102: Originally Installed in 2007. In 1829 the Delaware General Assembly enacted legislation resulting in the establishment of a public school system. The state was subdivided into local districts. One of these was School District #5, which was created to serve the needs of students in this area. In 1854 a two-story brick schoolhouse was […]

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Christ Church

KC-101: Originally Installed in 2006. Christ Church Mispillion was the second parish in Delaware established by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. The Rev. Thomas Crawford first held services of the Church of England in lower Kent County in 1704. The previous church was located at Church Hill about three […]

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Site of First Whatcoat Church

KC-100: Originally Installed in 2006. In 1791 Daniel Lowber granted permission for “the society of people called Methodists” to erect a “meeting house” at this location. The site was formally conveyed to church trustees in 1796. Adjoining land was obtained in 1813 for use as a public burying ground. The church was named for Richard […]

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Cheney Clow’s Rebellion

KC-97: Originally Installed in 2006. During the American Revolution, many Delawareans remained loyal to the British Crown. In 1778 a group of Loyalists under the leadership of local resident Cheney Clow constructed a fort near this location. Concerned that they would march on Dover, a detachment of Delaware militia commanded by Lt. Col. Charles Pope […]

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Delaware Public Archives

KC-96: Originally Installed in 2005. The first recorded attempt to establish a state archive in Delaware was in 1818 when Governor John Clark urged the establishment of a place for public records to be “securely kept and preserved.” Nearly a century passed before action was undertaken. By the early 20th century the possible loss of […]

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Cow Marsh Primative Baptist Church

KC-95: Originally Installed in 2005. Organized on July 18, 1781, the “Baptist Church at Mount Moriah,” also called Cow Marsh Baptist Church, was the fourth Primitive Baptist congregation formally constituted in Delaware. For many years members met in area homes. In 1793, Job Meredith conveyed two acres of land to Joseph Flood upon which a […]

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Kent County’s First Presbyterian Church

KC-94: Originally Installed in 2006. A Presbyterian Society, present in Kent from c1694, was organized and worshipped in a log church on this site from c1708 until 1791. The Presbytery of Philadelphia recognized its congregation in 1714. The present church was built in 1791 and served its congregation until 1924 when a new church was […]

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Barratt’s Chapel

KC-93: Originally Installed in 2005. In 1778 a Methodist Society was organized in this area by Freeborn Garrettson. Desiring a permanent place of worship, the group constructed a brick “preaching house” at his location in 1780. The site was provided by Society member Phillip Barratt, and the building was named in his honor. On November […]

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Parson Thorne Mansion (Silver Hill)

KC-92: Originally Installed in 2005. This historic building lies within a 1,750 acre Duke of York land patent called Saw Mill Range granted to Henry Bowman in 1680. The first known resident of this portion of the tract was Joseph Booth, who purchased 510 acres from the Bowman family in 1730. The center brick section […]

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