Delaware's Independence Hall Historical

Delaware's Independence Hall Historical (HM1XPA)

Location: New Castle, DE 19720 New Castle County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 39.596', W 75° 33.832'

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Built in 1732 as the statehouse for Pennsylvania's "Three Lower Counties on the Delaware," the New Castle Court House was the scene of a dramatic vote on June 15, 1776 when the colonial assembly declared independence from both Great Britain and Pennsylvania. In September of that year, the former colony held a state constitutional convention here in which it adopted the name, "The Delaware State."
The sketch above from Benjamin Latrobe's 1805 survey shows the Court House and The Green. The Academy is on the left. Immanuel Church (without its steeple) can be seen between the trees next to the Academy.
Courtesy of Delaware Public Archives
New Castle's George Read served Delaware at both the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention. Although reluctant at first to part from Great Britain, he signed the Declaration of Independence.
As a member of the Constitutional Convention, Read stood firm for equal representation of the states. His stance helped lead to the creation of the United States Senate. After the Convention, his support was crucial in making Delaware the first state to ratify the new United States Constitution.
[Portrait of George Read] Courtesy of National Park Service
Series This marker is part of the Daughters of the American Revolution series
Placed ByNew Castle Community Partnership and Caesar Rodney Chapter D.A.R
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 451630 N 4390166
Decimal Degrees39.65993333, -75.56386667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 39.596', W 75° 33.832'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 39' 35.76" N, 75° 33' 49.92" W
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Area Code(s)302
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 263-299 Delaware St, New Castle DE 19720, US
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