Slave Quarter

Slave Quarter (HM1CZ5)

Location: Seaford, DE 19973 Sussex County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 39.434', W 75° 37.096'

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This is the only documented log slave quarter still in existence in Delaware. This 1 ½ story framed quarter was 24' by 16' with a porch. The interior walls were lath and plaster.

Governor Ross had as many as fourteen slaves. Some probably lived in the mansion or other barns.

Following the Civil War and the end of slavery, this building was relocated northeast of the mansion. In its new location on the property, the roof was raised to make a two story house for tenant farmers.

The Ross family owned the property until 1924 when they were forced to declare bankruptcy. As the property changed hands, the tenant farm was neglected and fell into disrepair.

In 1989, the quarter was discovered by a great-great-grandson of Governor Ross while he explored the property then owned by the University of Delaware. The university president appointed an eight member research team to document the 19th century log structure that had been incorporated into the two story tenant house.

The University of Delaware donated the quarter to the Seaford Historical Society in 1992.
HM NumberHM1CZ5
Placed BySeaford Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 9:50am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 446205 N 4278921
Decimal Degrees38.65723333, -75.61826667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 39.434', W 75° 37.096'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 39' 26.04" N, 75° 37' 5.76" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 609 Market Street Extended, Seaford DE 19973, US
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