Delaware Family Honored for Donating a Piece of Rev War History

Real Estate Agent with Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate Delaware RS-0010115

Cooch houseYou know I am a history junkie when I get charged up over  the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Delaware, the September 3, 1777 Battle of Cooch's Bridge.  Remarkably, the home (photo)  that served as headqarters for Colonial General Wm. Maxwell, then British General Cornwallis was in the Cooch family for 9 generations. Legend says that Betsy Ross' flag first flew here at the Battle in Newark, Delaware (note: I said legend)


Today, I attended the George Washington Society of Delaware's annual toast to Washington and program honoring the Cooch Family, Cooch & Burdickowners of the Circa 1760 house since it was built.  Over a year ago, the property and 10 acres were donated to Delaware's Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs by the Cooch Family. Delaware being Delaware, I knew Ned Cooch, an attorney who died 10 years ago, and met his son, Judge Richard R. Cooch many years ago from his involvement in Old New Castle, where he lives.  Judge Cooch said he felt the State was more capable of managing the property than a private family would be. (photo Kim Burdick, President of GW Society presents award to Judge Cooch.)


CattsOne of the speakers, archaeologist Wade Catts (photo), said he has been assisting with the piles of paper which have accumulated in the property since the 1770's.  They seemed to have saved everything from grocery receipts from 1870 to pay records from the 1920's.  Often called a "skirmish," Catts found contemporary history indicating more of a bloody history with many deaths on both sides, although the Brits claimed victory here.

During the luncheon today, we were serenaded by musician Evelyn Swensson (complete with colonial costume), who sang of the "Rules of Civility" from G.W.'s time and led us out with "Yankee Doodle". (The house is not yet open to the public)

Cooch bridge       Swensson

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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You do a great job of providing history to your local people, Carolyn.  I'm certain they treasure it.

Feb 22, 2020 04:33 PM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Carolyn. I laughed at Delaware being Delaware. I really enjoyed this.

Feb 23, 2020 06:33 AM #2

Very pleased to hear this historical property will be preserved. It’s simply beautiful.

Feb 23, 2020 07:26 AM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Carolyn- this was so interesting. When my husband and I lived in Northern VA we took every opportunity to visit every Civil and Revolutionary site around us. 

Feb 23, 2020 06:31 PM #4
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

We don't have any Civil War sites in Delaware, and this is our only Rev War site. We have to cross the nearby state line to Pennsylvania for the Rev War.

Feb 23, 2020 08:06 PM #5
Julie Bell

Well, we would have to qualify that statement: We don't have any Civil War or Rev War battlefield sites in Delaware aside from Cooch's Bridge, but we do have other Rev War (Hale Byrnes House - Washington's HQ for a time) and Civil War related sites - Fort Delaware comes to mind. Nice article!

Feb 26, 2020 08:01 AM #6
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Wow it is good to see History from the Revolutionary War being preserved !

Apr 15, 2020 05:59 AM #7
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