“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)

Willingtown Square

Willingtontown Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
1. Willingtontown Square Marker
Inscription.  Willingtown Square honors Thomas Willing and the original name of the town he helped found in 1731. The four brick structures, built between 1748 and 1801, represent the types of houses common in early Willingtown. Buildings like these often served as both businesses and residences. Each has only one or two rooms per floor. Large families both lived and worked in these small spaces.

By the 1960s and 1970s the older neighborhoods in which these houses originally stood had decayed and were slated for urban renewal. A determined effort by preservationists rallied support to move the buildings to a site on Market Street from which four commercial buildings had been removed. The houses were moved in 1976 and the area renamed Willingtown Square. The Historical Society of Delaware accepted the responsibility for preserving the houses and now uses them for offices and meeting rooms.

[photo caption] The city removed abandoned buildings, that once housed a wig salon, a bike shop, a drugstore, and the Towne Theater to establish Willingtown Square in 1976.

[photo caption] The houses were lifted onto flatbed trailers
Willingtown Square Building image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 31, 2008
2. Willingtown Square Building
The square gates are locked on Sunday and the grounds are not accessible.
and towed to Willingtown Square in 1976.

Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 39° 44.501′ N, 75° 33.037′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on N. Market Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is opposite Old Town Hall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Old Town Hall (a few steps from this marker); Grand Lodge of Delaware A.F.&A.M. (a few steps from this marker); Brown v. Board of Education (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln's Speech (about 600 feet away); Thomas Garrett (about 600 feet away); Old Farmers Bank (about 700 feet away); "Sign of the Ship" Tavern (about 800 feet away); Bethel A.M.E. Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 1, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,876 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on January 25, 2021, 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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