“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dover Air Force Base in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Byfield Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dominic Morrell, August 1, 2014
1. Byfield Marker
Inscription.  Near this site stood the boyhood home of Caesar Rodney, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Brigadier General of the State's militia (1775-1778), and President (Governor) of Delaware (1778-1781). Byfield was originally settled in the early 1680's by Daniel Jones, Rodney's maternal great grandfather. Following Jones' death, it became the family seat for three generations of the Rodney family. Caesar Rodney spent his formative years here and eventually acquired ownership of the property after the death of his mother in 1763. Upon entering public life in 1764, Rodney moved to the town of Dover. Although the property was occupied by tenant farmers, Rodney retained Byfield until his death in 1784. He is buried in a family cemetery on the property.
Erected 2005 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-53.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
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. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives, and the Signers of the Declaration of Independence series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1763.
Location. 39° 7.065′ N, 75° 26.676′ W. Marker is in Dover, Delaware, in Kent County. It is in Dover Air Force Base. Marker is at the intersection of Delaware Route 9 and Bergold Lane, on the right when traveling north on State Route 9. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dover DE 19901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commemoration Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); C-5 (approx. 0.6 miles away); T-33A (approx. 0.6 miles away); Women in the Military Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); 148th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (approx. 0.6 miles away); POW★MIA (approx. 0.6 miles away); 2nd Ferrying Group (approx. 0.6 miles away); 61st Troop Carrier Squadron (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2023. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2014, by Dominic Morrell of Dover, Delaware. This page has been viewed 921 times since then and 74 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 1, 2014, by Dominic Morrell of Dover, Delaware. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 27, 2023