Smyrna Opera House and Old Town Hall

Smyrna Opera House and Old Town Hall (HMQ4I)

Location: Smyrna, DE 19977 Kent County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.979', W 75° 36.293'

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In the spring of 1869, the Commissioners of Smyrna approved a plan to erect a Town Hall. Responding to the long-held desire of the citizens for a venue for public gatherings, architect Richard Mitchell designed the building to include a "hall" on the second floor. Ground was broken on July 15, 1869, and the building was opened the following spring. For many years it was the center of the community's civic and social activities. Often attracting large crowds from long distances, the building's "Opera House" provided a wide variety of entertainment including plays, lectures, music, and dancing. Many persons of national prominence appeared. Abolitionist and civil rights pioneer Frederick Douglass spoke here in 1880, and William Jennings Bryan addressed supporters during his campaign for U. S. President in 1900. In later years the second floor was used for showing motion pictures. The completion of a new Town Hall in 1976 and the subsequent relocation of town police resulted in the library's expansion on the first floor. Restoration of the building was undertaken by the Smyrna Clayton Heritage Association in 1998, and the Opera House was formally reopened in 2003. The property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
HM NumberHMQ4I
Marker NumberKC-71
Year Placed2003
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 447843 N 4350204
Decimal Degrees39.29965000, -75.60488333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.979', W 75° 36.293'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 58.74" N, 75° 36' 17.58" W
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Area Code(s)302
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9 W South St, Smyrna DE 19977, US
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