“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dover in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Byfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dominic Morrell, August 1, 2014
1. Byfield Marker
Inscription. Near this site stood the boyhood home of Caesar Rodney, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Brigadier General of the State's militia (1775-1778), and President (Governor) of Delaware (1778-1781). Byfield was originally settled in the early 1680's by Daniel Jones, Rodney's maternal great grandfather. Following Jones' death, it became the family seat for three generations of the Rodney family. Caesar Rodney spent his formative years here and eventually acquired ownership of the property after the death of his mother in 1763. Upon entering public life in 1764, Rodney moved to the town of Dover. Although the property was occupied by tenant farmers, Rodney retained Byfield until his death in 1784. He is buried in a family cemetery on the property.
Erected 2005 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-53.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Signers of the Declaration of Independence marker series.
Location. 39° 7.065′ N, 75° 26.676′ W. Marker is in Dover, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is at the intersection of Delaware Route 9 and Bergold Lane, on the right when traveling north on State Route 9. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dover DE 19901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. T-33A Shooting Star (approx. 0.6 miles away); Commemoration Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hangar 1301 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Home of John Dickinson (approx. one mile away); St. Jones Neck (approx. 1.1 miles away); The St. Jones River: Why the Mansion Faces South (approx. 1.2 miles away); Kitts Hummock (approx. 2˝ miles away); Old Stone Tavern (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
Categories. Colonial EraPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2014, by Dominic Morrell of Dover, Delaware. This page has been viewed 396 times since then and 40 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 1, 2014, by Dominic Morrell of Dover, Delaware. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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