Although Stonum, the home on the Delaware River and begun in 1730 became the "Country Home" of George Read, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, it's location on the waterfront had its highs and lows. The National Register information on Stonum says of this property bordered on the River by a marsh, "After the second breach of his embankment (in 1789), he sold "Stonum," and counselled his sons never to buy marsh. "
Although the property is a half acre now, it was part of a much larger plot which was George Read's farm. It was noted as having a new barn built, plus outbuildings, and stretching to the River. An owner in the 1860's, Thomas Tasker, lived in Stonum (yellow circle). Tasker's Iron Works (photo above) appear to have been built on the former "marsh" property a hundred years after Read's time.
One reason for the popularity of this riverfront location can be seen on the 1881 Hopkins Atlas above: The New Castle and Frenchtown Railroad, one of the earliest in the country was begun in 1831, and it slashes across the map, going from New Castle to Frenchtown on the Chesapeake Bay. From thence, a boat could take one eventually to Baltimore and thence to Washington D.C. In 2019, a residential apartment complex has replaced industrial use along the River.
See my previous blog entry on Stonum for more information.
Stonum is now available for sale--contact Carolyn Roland, Your Older Homes Resource.