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Landing Place of William Penn

 
 
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By Roger Dean Meyer, October 8, 2006
1. Landing Place of William Penn Marker
Inscription. Near here October 27, 1682, William Penn first stepped on American soil. He proceeded to the fort and performed Livery of Seisin. “He took the key, thereof,…we did deliver unto him 1 turf with a twig upon it, a porringer with river water and soyle, in part of all.”
 
Erected 1932 by Historic Markers Commission. (Marker Number NC-25.)
 
Location. 39° 39.51′ N, 75° 33.753′ W. Marker is in New Castle, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of Delaware Street and The Strand, on the right when traveling west on Delaware Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Castle DE 19720, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gunning Bedford House (a few steps from this marker); New Castle and Frenchtown Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Packet Alley (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Delaware Street Wharf Reconstruction (about 400 feet away); Home of George Read (about 400 feet away); The Welcome Society of Pennsylvania (about 500 feet away); Presbyterian Church (about 500 feet away); Read House & Gardens (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New Castle.
 
Regarding Landing Place of William Penn.
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By Stephen J Duncan, September 10, 2011
2. Landing Place of William Penn Marker
Looking north along The Strand
“Livery of Seisin is an archaic legal ceremony, once practiced in England and in other countries following English common law, to convey property. The common law in those jurisdictions once provided that a valid conveyance of a fee interest in land required the physical transfer by the transferor to the transferee, in the presence of witnesses, of a piece of the ground (often, in the literal sense of a hand-to-hand passing of an amount of soil), a twig, key, or other symbol.” —from Wikepedia
 
Also see . . .
1. The Freeman. (Submitted on November 13, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.)
2. New Castle Historic District Map. (Submitted on November 13, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.)
 
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Landing Place of William Penn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stephen J Duncan, September 10, 2011
3. Landing Place of William Penn Marker
The property the marker sits upon
Landing Place of William Penn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stephen J Duncan, September 10, 2011
4. Landing Place of William Penn Marker
Looking east, from the marker, toward the Delaware River
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 2,517 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.   2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Stephen J Duncan of Wilmington, Delaware. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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