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Mansion Farmer: the David Robbins Homestead

 
 
Mansion Farmer: the David Robbins Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 3, 2018
1. Mansion Farmer: the David Robbins Homestead Marker
Inscription. This two-story, late 19th century Victorian house was constructed in phases by the Robbins family between 1860-1909 and came to replace a modest structure built by David Robbins Sr. in the early 1800s. The most notable change made was a two-story frame addition circa 1889 which nearly doubled the size of the home; it has been suggested that the name "Mansion Farm" originated following this addition. A row of outbuildings located on the property include a silo, shed, garage/storage building, and frame barn. Mansion Farm prospered under the Robbins family's guidance and was an economic asset to the Milton area, helping to create jobs and encouraging the establishment of canneries. The Robbins family felt a rich legacy in Milton and the surrounding area, serving numerous civic, military, and church related roles. Notably, John M. Robbins was twice elected to the state House of Representatives, serving in both the 88th and 96th General Assembly. The property was purchased in 1924 by Robert D. Lingo and Charles G. Jones and in 1932, became the center of the holly wreath mail order business owned and operated by Jones. At the time, it was the largest mail order business of its kind in Delaware. Various improvements made to the house during the Jones family occupancy included the addition of indoor plumbing, kitchen renovation, and installation
Mansion Farmer: the David Robbins Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 3, 2018
2. Mansion Farmer: the David Robbins Homestead Marker
of a central heating system. The Greaves family purchased the 1.6 acre estate in 2007 and continued to renovate the property. Mansion Farm was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.
 
Erected 2015 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-244.)
 
Location. 38° 47.626′ N, 75° 17.365′ W. Marker is near Milton, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Broadkill Road (Delaware Route 16) west of Reynolds Road, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26285 Broadkill Road, Milton DE 19968, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Zion United Methodist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Milton (approx. 1 miles away); The Holly Industry (approx. 1 miles away); Shipbuilding on the Broadkill (approx. 1 miles away); Ships and Men (approx. 1 miles away); Carey Storehouse (approx. 1.6 miles away); Milton Museum (approx. 1.6 miles away); Milton Public Library (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milton.
 
Also see . . .  Welcome to Mansion Farm Inn Bed and Breakfast. Page includes a history of Mansion Farm (Submitted on February 3, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Sign on grounds of Mansion Farm image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 3, 2018
3. Sign on grounds of Mansion Farm
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Last updated on February 26, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 3, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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