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Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hiram Rodney Burton House

 
 
Hiram Rodney Burton House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 18, 2011
1. Hiram Rodney Burton House Marker
Inscription. The land upon which this house now stands was acquired in 1675 by Helmanus Wiltbank, a prominent early resident and property owner of Lewes. The oldest portion of the present structure is believed to have been constructed by Cornelius Wiltbank circa 1720. Ownership of the property was retained by the Wiltbank family until 1814, when the house and lot were conveyed to Thomas Rodney. In later years this became the residence of his grandson, Hiram Rodney Burton (1841-1927). An 1868 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine, Doctor Burton served the medical needs of the residents of Lewes and surrounding area for over fifty years. Active in the civic affairs of his community and state, he served as Commissioner of Lewes and was appointed to the positions of Deputy Collector of Customs and Assistant Surgeon at the Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station. An influential member of Delaware’s Republican Party for many years, he was twice elected to the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1905 until 1909. A major supporter of the development of our nation’s inland waterways, Doctor Burton was chiefly responsible for securing funding for the construction of the Lewes-Rehoboth and Assawoman Canals.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Hiram Rodney Burton House was purchased by the
Hiram Rodney Burton House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 18, 2011
2. Hiram Rodney Burton House and Marker
It is not easy to date the original house but evidence in the basement in the west side dates that side to 1740 or earlier.
Lewes Historical Society in 1989.
 
Erected 2004 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC 180.)
 
Location. 38° 46.603′ N, 75° 8.568′ W. Marker is in Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Shipcarpenter Street near 2nd Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes DE 19958, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Bethel Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lightship Overfalls (about 500 feet away); Ryves Holt House (about 600 feet away); John Penrose Virden (about 600 feet away); Overfalls Lightship (about 600 feet away); Life Saving Station (about 600 feet away); The Blizzard of 1888 (about 700 feet away); Menhaden Fishing Industry (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lewes.
 
Also see . . .  Hiram Rodney Burton. was an American physician and politician from Lewes, in Sussex County, Delaware. (Submitted on October 29, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Hiram Rodney Burton House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 18, 2011
3. Hiram Rodney Burton House Marker
Hiram Rodney Burton House "Site 30", mounted on left side of door image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 18, 2011
4. Hiram Rodney Burton House "Site 30", mounted on left side of door
Coat of Arms
Placed here by the
Colonial David Hall Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution

from Lewes, East Sussex, England. It’s origins date back to the Norman Conquest a thousand years ago. The gold and blue checkers are the arms of the de Warenne family who held the Barony of Lewes from the time of the Norman Conquest until 1347, when the last de Warenne died. A nephew, Richard Fitz Alan, Earl of Arundel, succeeded to the barony and added the gold lion on the red ground. The introduction of the silver crosslets has never been satisfactorily explained - they will probably remain a subject for speculation.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 395 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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