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Parson Thorne Mansion

(Silver Hill)

 
 
Parson Thorne Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 9, 2010
1. Parson Thorne Mansion Marker
Inscription. This historic building lies within a 1,750 acre Duke of York land patent called Saw Mill Range granted to Henry Bowman in 1680. The first known resident of this portion of the tract was Joseph Booth, who purchased 510 acres from the Bowman family in 1730. The center brick section of the present structure was built by John Cullen after his purchase of 263 acres in 1746. Reverend Syndenham Thorne, an Episcopal clergyman who was instrumental in Milford’s development, bought the property in the 1780s and is interred on the grounds. John M. Clayton, United States Senator and Secretary of State under President Zachary Taylor, spent a portion of his boyhood here. Members of the Clayton family lie at rest nearby as well. This was also the home of philanthropist Col. Benjamin Potter and Dr. William Burton, Governor of Delaware during the early years of the Civil War. Col. Henry Fiddeman, founder of the First National Bank of Milford, came into ownership of the mansion in 1858 and changed the Colonial Georgian architecture to Gothic Victorian. The Draper family purchased the property in 1916. In 1961, the building and grounds, then known as Silver Hill, were conveyed to the Milford Historical Society by J. Richard Draper. The Parson Thorne Mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic
Parson Thorne Mansion and Markers seen from NW Front Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 9, 2010
2. Parson Thorne Mansion and Markers seen from NW Front Street
Places in 1971.
 
Erected 2005 by The Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-92.)
 
Location. 38° 54.815′ N, 75° 26.102′ W. Marker is in Milford, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker can be reached from NW Front Street (Delaware Route 14) near Maple Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located near the north end of Mansion driveway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 NW Front Street, Milford DE 19963, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Milford (within shouting distance of this marker); Mispillion River Greenway Historical Sites (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joseph Oliver (approx. 0.2 miles away); Christ Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away); The Towers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Milford's First Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Major General Alfred T.A. Torbert (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Milford.
 
Regarding Parson Thorne Mansion. National Register of Historic Places:
Thorne, Parson, Mansion (added 1971 - Building - #71000222)
Also known as Silver Hill •
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
Parson Thorne Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 9, 2010
3. Parson Thorne Mansion Marker

Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown •
Architectural Style: Georgian •
Area of Significance: Architecture •
Period of Significance: 1700-1749 •
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Parson Thorne Mansion curbside Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 9, 2010
4. Parson Thorne Mansion curbside Marker
Parson Thorne Mansion and Marker (L) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 9, 2010
5. Parson Thorne Mansion and Marker (L)
Parson Thorne Mansion Front Door image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 9, 2010
6. Parson Thorne Mansion Front Door
Parson Thorne Mansion " City of Milford Historic Landmark " Medallion image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 9, 2010
7. Parson Thorne Mansion " City of Milford Historic Landmark " Medallion
 
 
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