The Cleaver House

The Cleaver House (HM6OU)

Location: Port Penn, DE 19731 New Castle County
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N 39° 31.004', W 75° 34.591'

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At the Crossroads of Commerce

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Changing Times in Port Penn
Following construction of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal (c.1829) a few miles to the north, major shipping began to bypass Port Penn. The town still managed to provide local agricultural producers with a convenient method to export their goods. The port began to lose its competitive advantage with the advent of the railroad. Today Port Penn is known as a fishing village.
Center Panel A symbol of the Cleaver family's importance to the area, the house was fashioned as two urban townhouses. The Cleaver family lived in the northern section of the house with its large entrance hall, elegant staircase, and marble fireplace surrounds. The southern portion of the building served as Cleaver's office, dry goods store, and storehouse. This section later served as the town's first post office.
Right Panel In 1834, Joseph Cleaver built this house near the river and what was then the region's biggest port. He called it Linden Hall. As one of Port Penn's best-known merchants, he hoped to dominate the trade between the Delaware River and the farmlands of southern New Castle County.
HM NumberHM6OU
Placed ByThe Village of Port Penn
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 11:25pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 450443 N 4374280
Decimal Degrees39.51673333, -75.57651667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 31.004', W 75° 34.591'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 31' 0.24" N, 75° 34' 35.46" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 Market St, Port Penn DE 19731, US
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