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Little Creek in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Old Stone Tavern

Though Never a Tavern, it was Built of Stone

 
 
Old Stone Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Nate Davidson, December 17, 2011
1. Old Stone Tavern Marker
Inscription.  Stone is a rare material on this coastal plain, so when you find three stone buildings in one small area, there has to be a reason. The reason is that the same person, Manlove Hayes, built them all. Hayes built the house now known as the Stone Tavern some time before 1829 for Henry Bell, whose family had owned the lot since the mid-18th century. Hayes, who ran the shipping industry in Little Creek, is also credited with building the two other stone buildings: the Octagonal Schoolhouse, which still stands, and York Seat, which has been demolished.

Though the original owners did own a tavern down the road, this house never was a tavern and the name is a mystery. It is owned today by the Division of Parks and Recreation
 
Erected 2010 by Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1829.
 
Location. 39° 9.842′ N, 75° 26.817′ W. Marker is in Little Creek, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is on Main Street (Delaware Route 9) just north of County

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Route 346. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Little Creek DE 19961, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Little Creek United Methodist Church (a few steps from this marker); Town of Little Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away); Octagonal School House (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Atlantic Horseshoe Crab (approx. 2.7 miles away); American Legion Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.1 miles away); Hangar 1301 (approx. 3.2 miles away); VC-9C (approx. 3.2 miles away); C-141A (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little Creek.
 
Old Stone Tavern image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Nate Davidson, December 17, 2011
2. Old Stone Tavern
Tavern Side View image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Nate Davidson, December 17, 2011
3. Tavern Side View
Stone Outbuilding behind main structure image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Nate Davidson, December 17, 2011
4. Stone Outbuilding behind main structure
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2011, by Nathan Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 674 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 17, 2011, by Nathan Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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