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

Clearfield Farm

 
 
Clearfield Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
1. Clearfield Farm Marker
Inscription.  Built in the mid-eighteenth century by Captain David Clark, Clearfield Farm was the home of his grandson John Clark (1761 -1821), Governor of Delaware from 1817 -1820. John Clark served as Colonel in the Delaware Militia and as Justice of the Peace before being elected Governor in 1816. After his term expired, Clark moved into the town of Smyrna to become President of the Commercial Bank of Smyrna. Following his death, the property was inherited by his granddaughters. Local folklore identifies the plantation as a stop on the Underground Railroad. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
 
Erected 1993 by Delaware State Archives. (Marker Number NC-89.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRColonial EraGovernment & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1817.
 
Location. 39° 19.672′ N, 75° 36.193′ W. Marker is near Smyrna, Delaware, in New Castle
Clearfield Farm image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
2. Clearfield Farm
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County. Marker is on Smyrna Landing Road, 0.2 miles south of Paddock Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Smyrna DE 19977, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Korean War Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); St. Peter's Episcopal Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); Union Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Sgt. John B. Maberry (approx. 1.8 miles away); Site of the Duck Creek Society of Friends (approx. 1.8 miles away); The John Cummins Mansion (approx. 1.8 miles away); Site of Green Pottery (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smyrna.
 
Also see . . .  Governor John Clark - Wikpedia entry. (Submitted on August 22, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Clearview Farm image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
3. Clearview Farm
Building is on the grounds of the Delaware Correctional Center and cannot be approached.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,749 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on October 7, 2013, by Kathleen Black of Woodbridge, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 22, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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Aug. 17, 2022