Did George Washington Sleep Here?

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According to letters in the Read family archives, George Read I, Signer of the Read II HouseDeclaration of Independence, was known to dine with George Washington in Philadelphia. And, according to records of the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, Read's home on The Strand in New Castle, Delaware, is known as a place where George Washington and many of the native and foreign Revolutionary generals and all foremost statesmen of the republic slept under its roof and enjoyed the hospitality of its owners.  Although the original house was lost to fire, the signer’s son George II built a home next door, C 1800 (photo) which is now open as a house museum. (The Society's website, and the 1888 History of Delaware both erroneously state that the son's house sits where his father's home was located, which is not true).

However, luckily for us, Read Sr.'s country house, Stonum, which dates back to 1730, still survives.  The house had a large river facing addition in 1769, plus a smaller addition next to the 1730 section (which is now the back) built around 1850.  Stonum was named a National Historic Landmark building in 1973, one of only 14 in the State.

(1910 photo courtesy of Delaware Historical Society)


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Grant Schneider
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That is very interesting history.  I grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania and read about many of the places where Washington slept.

Aug 13, 2019 06:18 PM #1
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Nice post and your title drew me to it.  When I was in college at Mount Holyoke there were so many places that claimed Washington slept there!  We always laughed at the claim, because, he would have had to live a few lifetimes to have slept everywhere.  The one you mentioned had provenance.  A

Aug 14, 2019 08:05 AM #2
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Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA congratulations on this listing, and I hope the right Buyer comes along quickly.

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