Lower States on the Delaware River
The George Read House is called Stonum
, a historic residence not far from the banks of the Delaware river in New Castle DE, in what was originally called the "Lower States on the Delaware River". Read signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and later became Senator and Chief Justice for the state. He attended the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia
but declined to vote for the Declaration of Independence. Once it was adopted by the new country, he signed the document and supported separation from England.
The first part of his house dates from 1730, with additions made until the late 1800s and retains many of the original details. "Noteworthy original features of the main wing are the corner fireplaces, the detailed woodwork and elegant mantles, the 1-1/2-inch red pine flooring, the wooden cornice with its modillion course, and the exceptionally high 9 over 9 windows of the facade."
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Federal style fireplace mantel
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