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Family Home of William H. H. Ross

 
 
Family Home of William H. H. Ross Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 9, 2014
1. Family Home of William H. H. Ross Marker
Inscription.
William Henry Harrison Ross
Delaware's 27th and
youngest governor from
1851 - 1855

Following his term as governor, Ross began construction of this Italian Villa style house. This was a popular 19th century architectural style.

This structure evolved from the original brick two story Federal style house built by the John Tennent family. Tennent purchased this land about 1776 and sold it to the Governor's father in 1836. A wooden section of the original structure is located in the back right corner.

To celebrate completion of their home, Governor and Mrs. Ross hosted a house warming part October, 1860.

Governor Ross was instrumental in extending the railroad from Dover to Seaford. He took advantage of this economic opportunity to ship goods to the city since the rails passed through the middle of his 1398 acres. A small "whistle stop" railroad station was constructed across from his house.

Can you identify three characteristics of Italian Villa style structures?

A three story tower: the Victorian answer to air conditioning
by promoting air circulation throughout the house
Arched windows and doors
Decorative brackets under the eaves

The Interior of this thirteen room house features:

Many Ross family
Family Home of William H. H. Ross Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 9, 2014
2. Family Home of William H. H. Ross Marker
furnishings and memorabilia
Other Victorian Period furniture, artwork, wall coverings, lighting, and interior wooden shutters
Original, detailed engraved ceiling moldings and medallions
Personal objects interpreting everyday 19th century life


The Seaford Historical Society owns and maintains 20 acres of the original plantation.
 
Erected by Seaford Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 39.436′ N, 75° 37.121′ W. Marker is in Seaford, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker can be reached from Ross Station Road. Click for map. The marker is at The Ross Mansion at 23669 Ross Station Road, formerly 1101 N. Pine Street Extended. Marker is in this post office area: Seaford DE 19973, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Slave Quarter (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor Ross Mansion (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Seaford Hundred (approx. 0.8 miles away); Seaford Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); St. John's United Methodist Church (approx. one mile away); Nanticoke Post No. 6 (approx. one mile away); Forty & Eight Boxcar (approx. one mile away); Stein Highway (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Seaford.
 
Also see . . .
Family Home of William H. H. Ross Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 9, 2014
3. Family Home of William H. H. Ross Marker

1. Governor William H. H.Ross. (Submitted on February 12, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Governor Ross Mansion and Plantation - Seaford Historical Society. (Submitted on February 12, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Southern Sympathy
The pamphlet available at the mansion says that "Ross was a southern sympathizer who aided the Confederacy during the Civil War. His son, Caleb, joined a Virginia Cavalry unit. To avoid arrest, Governor Ross fled to England."
    — Submitted February 12, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

 
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William Henry Harrison Ross image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 9, 2014
4. William Henry Harrison Ross
Delaware's 27th and youngest governor from 1851 - 1855
Close-up of image on marker
Ross Station image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 9, 2014
5. Ross Station
Close-up of photo on marker
Family Home of William H. H. Ross image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 9, 2014
6. Family Home of William H. H. Ross
The Italianate Tower image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 9, 2014
7. The Italianate Tower
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 424 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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