Elisha Dickerson Home

The home was lived in until two years ago and has quickly fallen into disrepair. The house is a two story structure with a small root cellar. It is a cedar shingled home with asphalt roofing shingles over cedar shingles. The main structure has had two additions. The house has seven rooms and a hall foyer on the first floor. The second floor has a large main hall, 4 bedrooms and one bath. There are front and rear stairways. I believe the house to be that of Elisha Dickerson who started a mill across the road on the Indian River at Rock Hole. The mill was built in 1793 and his home was most likely built at the same time or prior to that date. A detailed inventory of Mr. Dickerson’s property including the Mill can be found in the Sussex County Orphans court Record Book lettered H, Page 308. I have been told this is one of the most complete inventories found in Sussex County records. Also, two of the three freeholders who prepared the inventory, Joseph Haslet and John Collins, later became Governors of Delaware. It is most likely the oldest surviving structure in Millsboro and one of the oldest in the State.

Site Date : Prior to 1793
Site Excerpt : This house must be saved. If not this one than why any other? I am afraid this house will not be here much longer. The house has no value to its owner, who owns several homes for rentals. I believe it is to be burned by the Millsboro Fire Co. for a practice drill. Burning it down, because that is the easiest thing to do with it. How tragic?
Site Location :
26423 Jersey Road
Millsboro , DE 19966

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