“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Old Farmers Bank

Old Farmers Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
1. Old Farmers Bank Marker
Inscription.  On February 4, 1807, the General Assembly of the State of Delaware passed an act modeled after the charter of the Bank of the United States “to establish a Bank…under the name of the Farmers’ Bank of the State of Delaware.” On January 22, 1813, the General Assembly authorized the establishment of a branch in Wilmington, which opened the following July in a building that stood near this location. In 1835, the bank purchased the lot at the corner of Third and Market Streets, where it constructed a small building with a white marble façade. Beginning in 1906, the bank acquired adjacent properties and constructed the much larger existing structure, which opened in 1915. The Farmers Bank and its successors, Girard Bank and Mellon Bank, occupied the building until 1996.

The Delaware State Bar Association was originally organized in 1901. For many years its offices were located in various rented spaces in Wilmington. When the State of Delaware announced its intention to move the courthouse from Rodney Square to Fifth and King Streets, the Delaware State Bar Association purchased the Old Farmers Bank Building nearby. After renovation[,]
Old Farmers Bank image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
2. Old Farmers Bank
this historic structure was occupied as the new Bar Center in October 2000.
Erected 2006 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-155.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list.
Location. 39° 44.393′ N, 75° 33.104′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and 3rd Street, on the right when traveling south on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 N Market Street, Wilmington DE 19801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Sign of the Ship" Tavern (a few steps from this marker); Lincoln's Speech (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Garrett (within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware's Jewish Community (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brown v. Board of Education (about 600 feet away); Willingtown Square (about 700 feet away); Grand Lodge of Delaware A.F.&A.M. (about 700 feet away); Old Town Hall (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 1, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,205 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on November 23, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 1, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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