Willingtown Square

Willingtown Square (HM71M)

Location: Wilmington, DE 19801 New Castle County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 44.501', W 75° 33.037'

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Willingtown Square honors Thomas Willing and the original name of the town he helped found in 1731. The four brick structures, built between 1748 and 1801, represent the types of houses common in early Willingtown. Buildings like these often served as both businesses and residences. Each has only one or two rooms per floor. Large families both lived and worked in these small spaces.
By the 1960s and 1970s the older neighborhoods in which these houses originally stood had decayed and were slated for urban renewal. A determined effort by preservationists rallied support to move the buildings to a site on Market Street from which four commercial buildings had been removed. The houses were moved in 1976 and the area renamed Willingtown Square. The Historical Society of Delaware accepted the responsibility for preserving the houses and now uses them for offices and meeting rooms.
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HM NumberHM71M
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Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 1:11pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 452822 N 4399232
Decimal Degrees39.74168333, -75.55061667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 44.501', W 75° 33.037'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 44' 30.06" N, 75° 33' 2.22" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 515 N Market St, Wilmington DE 19801, US
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