The Judge Morris Estate
The Former Home of a Delaware Attorney and Judge
Besides serving as a federal judge, Morris built one of the most important law practices in the state and kept closely involved with the University of Delaware. Yet, he still found time to run his farm, buy more land, and turn the farmhouse into a comfortable home for his family. Morris remodeled the house inside and out, but kept most of its original features.
Morris left instructions in his will, giving the house and land to the University of Delaware upon his death. Morris graduated from the university and years later served as president of its board of trustees. Delaware's Division of Parks and Recreation bought the property in 1998 and made it a part of White Clay Creek State Park.
Judge Morris in his study
Photo: University of Delaware
This is how the house looked when Judge Morris purchased it in the 1930s.
Mrs. Morris arranging flowers on the terrace behind the house.
Photo: University of Delaware
Erected by Delaware State Parks.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Education • Environment • Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Delaware State Parks 🏞️ series list.
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 39° 42.217′ N, 75° 42.5′ W. Marker was near Newark, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker could be reached from Polly Drummond Hill Road 0.2 miles north of Kirkwood Highway. Marker located within the Judge Morris Estate, which is part of White Clay Creek State Park. Park entrance fees may apply for entrance. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Newark DE 19711, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Judge Morris Estate (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Judge Morris Estate (approx. 0.2 miles away); Original Site of the White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Meeteer House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Robert Kirkwood, Jr.Ebenezer United Methodist Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); St. John the Baptist Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Hiram Lodge No. 25 (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newark.
Additional keywords. Delaware State Parks, Newark, White Clay Creek
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 6, 2011, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,269 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on December 6, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 6, 2011, by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.