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New Castle Council Executive Matt Meyer stands in front of a Silverside Road house that's the first to be designated historical by the county.
New Castle Council Executive Matt Meyer stands in front of a Silverside Road house that’s the first to be designated historical by the county.

The McClintock-Dougherty House in North Wilmington on Friday became the first building to earn a New Castle County gold plaque designating a historical property.

The house, built 1750 and 1860, is a hall-and-parlor stone dwelling is on Silverside Road in Brandywine Hundred. It’s noted as a prime example of construction methods in Brandywine Hundred between the mid-eighteenth and mid-nineteenth century.

The site was rezoned to an Historic overlay zone in January of 2020 through New Castle County Ordinance 19-088.

 

New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer and Councilwoman Dee Durham presented the plaque to owners Alan and Marian Fischer.

The historical marker program carries certain benefits like eligibility for federal, state and now New Castle County tax benefits, as well as public benefits like protection from demolition by neglect.

Once a home is zoned historic, homeowners can apply to purchase a custom brass plaque for the structure authorized by the New Castle County Historic Review Board.

 

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