The St. Jones River: Why the Mansion Faces South
The St. Jones River, a major Delaware navigable waterway, is situated south of the John Dickinson Plantation. The river connects the Delaware Bay to the inland city of Dover. Between 1760 and 1808, John Dickinson owned six farms that bordered the north shores of the St. Jones River. These farms were approximately six miles from Dover. The river was the main source of transportation used by John Dickinson, his family, and tenants.
The mansion was situated just 300 yards north of the river. Early property descriptions note, "The Creek is navigable for Shallops, some miles above the Farms and affords at least six convenient Landings on the premises."
Shallops, small open boats used in shallow waters, carried grain and other agricultural products from Dickinson's landings along the river to northern ports including Wilmington and Philadelphia.
The St. Jones River helped supplement the diet of the people on Jones Neck. Residents included landowners, indentured servants, tenants, free and enslaved individuals.
In 1764, a newspaper advertisement leasing the property noted "... great Conveniency for fishing and Oystering..."
Location. 39° 6.045′ N, 75° 26.9′ W. Marker is in Dover, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker can be reached from
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Home of John Dickinson (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Jones Neck (approx. 0.4 miles away); Byfield (approx. 1.2 miles away); Commemoration Park (approx. 1.3 miles away); T-33A Shooting Star (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hangar 1301 (approx. 1.3 miles away); Warner Mifflin (approx. 2.4 miles away); Murderkill/Motherkiln Friends Meeting (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
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