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

The Judge Morris Estate

Home of Prominent Attorney and Judge

The Judge Morris Estate Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Carl Gordon Moore Jr., December 5, 2020
1. The Judge Morris Estate Marker
Inscription.  The Original Structure

The original structure was a 22-story gray fieldstone house built in the 1790s by John Barclay. The home was purchased by Andrew Gray in the 1820s. Gray made additions to the structure and named it "Chestnut Hill."

The Gray family lived at Chestnut Hill for more than 50 years. Andrew Gray served in the state senate and was instrumental in passing legislation that founded a state college in Newark. That school became the University of Delaware.

Judge Hugh M. Morris, a native of Delaware, purchased the house and surrounding acreage in 1933 as a home for his family.

[photo caption] The house when it was purchased by Judge Morris.

Judge Hugh M. Morris

Morris was a respected attorney, distinguished judge and was president of the University of Delaware's Board of Trustees from 1939 to 1959. He left instructions that the house and land be given to the University of Delaware upon his death. The University of Delaware named one of its libraries the Hugh M. Morris Library in his honor.

The Estate

In 1998,
Judge Morris House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Nate Davidson, April 3, 2010
2. Judge Morris House
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the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation purchased the land from the University of Delaware to preserve it as part of White Clay Creek State Park.

Today, the Estate is available to the public to enjoy the grounds and for tours and programs hosted by the park. It may also be rented for special events.
Erected 2015 by Delaware State Parks.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEducationEnvironmentGovernment & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Delaware State Parks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1933.
Location. 39° 42.367′ N, 75° 42.5′ W. Marker is near Newark, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker can be reached from Polly Drummond Hill Road. 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 is 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 marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Judge Morris Estate (approx. 0.2 miles away); Original Site of the White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Meeteer House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Robert Kirkwood, Jr. (approx. 1.6 miles away);
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Ebenezer United Methodist Church (approx. 2 miles away); Eastburn-Jeanes Mining Complex (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Industries of Newark (approx. 2½ miles away); St. John the Baptist Church (approx. 2½ 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 December 6, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. This page has been viewed 68 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 6, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland.   2. submitted on January 6, 2011, by Nathan Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 5, 2022