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

Lombardy Hall

 
 
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By Bill Pfingsten, January 9, 2016
1. Lombardy Hall Marker
Inscription.  In 1682, William Penn granted 986 acres of land at this location to Valentine Hollingsworth. A portion of the tract was subsequently conveyed to the Robinson family in 1726. The present stone dwelling was erected here circa 1750. In 1785, Gunning Bedford, Jr., signer of the United States Constitution, agreed to purchase the house and surrounding land from Charles Robinson. Bedford constructed an addition on the south side of the home and named his estate Lombardy Hall. He resided here until his death in 1812. The property remained in the possession of the Bedford family until 1848. On September 21, 1967, Lombardy Hall was purchased by the Granite Masonic Hall Company. The Lombardy Hall Foundation was established the following year to preserve the home of this Delaware patriot and prominent member of the Masonic fraternity. In 1972, the site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1974, Lombardy Hall was designated as a National Historic Landmark.
 
Erected 2008 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-197.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this
Lombardy Hall image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, January 9, 2016
2. Lombardy Hall
topic list: Colonial Era. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives, and the National Historic Landmarks series lists.
 
Location. 39° 46.895′ N, 75° 32.677′ W. Marker is in Fairfax, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker can be reached from Concord Pike, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1611 Concord Pike, Wilmington DE 19803, 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. Gunning Bedford, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Blue Ball Barn (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wilmington Friends School (approx. one mile away); Delaware Chemical Engineering Company (approx. 1.1 miles away); Site of Gilpin Mills (approx. 1.4 miles away); Salesianum School (approx. 1˝ miles away); Rockwood (approx. 1˝ miles away); Kentmere Parkway (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairfax.
 
Lombardy Hall image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, January 9, 2016
3. Lombardy Hall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 9, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 317 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 9, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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