Judge Morris Estate

Judge Morris Estate (HM1QFB)

Location: Newark, DE 19711 New Castle County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 42.189', W 75° 42.577'

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This estate, now owned and operated by Delaware State Parks, was once known as Chestnut Hill and contains a manor house and approximately 500 acres of land. John Barclay acquired the property after the American Revolution and in 1792 built the main five-bay, two and a half story stone house. In 1808 the land was sold to Andrew Gray, a Delaware State Senator (1817 to 1821) and a founder of the University of Delaware. During the 1820s Gray added the one and a half story west wind of the house. The estate remained in the Gray family until 1865 when it was sold to Robert Cook who farmed the land for nine years until his death in 1874. For the next 60 years the house was occupied by a series of tenant farmers and it fell into disrepair. In 1934 Hugh M. Morris, a native of
Greenwood, Delaware, bought the property as well as an adjoining 30 acre farm. He restored the structure in a Colonial Revival style and added the modern kitchen wing to the north side of the main house. Morris was a prominent lawyer and was appointed Judge of the U.S. District Court by President Woodrow Wilson. He served on the University of Delaware Board of Trustees from 1929-1959 and was the President of the Board for 20 years.After his death in 1966 Judge Morris' estate was left to the University of Delaware. In 1998 the State of Delaware purchased the estate and incorporated it into White Clay Creek State Park.
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HM NumberHM1QFB
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Marker NumberNC-196
Year Placed2013
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at 9:03pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 439165 N 4395051
Decimal Degrees39.70315000, -75.70961667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 42.189', W 75° 42.577'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 42' 11.34" N, 75° 42' 34.62" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 50 Polly Drummond Hill Rd, Newark DE 19711, US
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