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235 Philadelphia Pike

WILMINGTON, DE 19809
  • $289,900
  • STATUS: Active
  • ON SITE: 146 Days
  • ID#: DENC2002258
UPDATED: 22 min ago
$289,900
  • 3
    BEDS
  • 0.27
    ACRES
  • 1
    BATHS
  • 0
    1/2 BATHS
  • 3,325
    SQFT
  • $87
    $/SQFT
Neighborhood:
Type:
Single-Family Home
Built:
1749
County:

School Information

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Description

It is believed the Penny House history goes back to when this stone home was first built in 1749 by Arthur Penny. His sons David and William then worked as joiners (cabinet makers) in the house on the popular King's Highway which led north to Philadelphia. Well-known local artist, Robert Shaw (who had grown up in the porter's ledge with his family at nearby Rockwood) moved to the Penny House in 1881. It had been divided into 2 separate residences, each with its own fireplace and stairway. In the late 1940's, Annie Shaw sold it to the the Travis family, who later built many of the homes in Penny Acres and lived in the Penny Barn in back of the house. They converted it to one residence. It was later sold to James W. Bellah, an author of many Western stories which were later turned into films such as "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon." Details such as the beaded beams in the main bedroom show the care that was taken to construct these utilitarian elements and create a graceful room with stone walls creating deep windows looking out on the grounds behind the house. The home was said to have been a toll stop on the Philadelphia Turnpike and became witness to the "W 3R Route" which took the Continental troops over 700 miles from Rhode Island to Yorktown, Virginia. The troops included both Lafayette and Washington (who is said to like to stop for its cool spring water). Probably in the 19th century, a thick stone wall was built to separate this peaceful retreat from the present day Philadelphia Pike. Today this 3 bedroom home includes a large parlor with what was probably the cooking fireplace, a magnificent piece with some of the legends of the house's history mounted on a wooden plaque over it. At some point probably in the early 20th century, it had been covered over with wallboard and wallpaper. Moving up one of the 2 staircases, we find another beautiful room---the main bedroom on the 2nd level, with the original beaded wooden joists (probably created by the Penny family). Another staircase here leads up to the attic, complete with original rafters imprinted with Roman numerals used to aid in roof construction. The landscaped grounds include a springhouse, the former cow pond, a gazebo made from a Victorian bell tower, a former garage, potting shed, and an outbuilding once used as an antique shop. An album in the house contains many photographs filled with the antiques from that period. The house has been featured on Wilmington Garden Day.

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235 Philadelphia Pike WILMINGTON, DE 19809

  • Price: $289,900
  • Status: Active
  • On Site: 146 Days
  • Updated: 22 min ago
  • ID#: DENC2002258
3
Beds
1
Baths
0
½ Baths
0.27
Acres
3,325
SQFT
$87
$/SQFT
1749
Built
Neighborhood:
Penny Acres
County:
New Castle
Area:
Brandywine (30901)
Elementary School:
Harlan
Middle School:
Dupont
High School:
Mount Pleasant
School District:
Brandywine
Property Description
It is believed the Penny House history goes back to when this stone home was first built in 1749 by Arthur Penny. His sons David and William then worked as joiners (cabinet makers) in the house on the popular King's Highway which led north to Philadelphia. Well-known local artist, Robert Shaw (who had grown up in the porter's ledge with his family at nearby Rockwood) moved to the Penny House in 1881. It had been divided into 2 separate residences, each with its own fireplace and stairway. In the late 1940's, Annie Shaw sold it to the the Travis family, who later built many of the homes in Penny Acres and lived in the Penny Barn in back of the house. They converted it to one residence. It was later sold to James W. Bellah, an author of many Western stories which were later turned into films such as "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon." Details such as the beaded beams in the main bedroom show the care that was taken to construct these utilitarian elements and create a graceful room with stone walls creating deep windows looking out on the grounds behind the house. The home was said to have been a toll stop on the Philadelphia Turnpike and became witness to the "W 3R Route" which took the Continental troops over 700 miles from Rhode Island to Yorktown, Virginia. The troops included both Lafayette and Washington (who is said to like to stop for its cool spring water). Probably in the 19th century, a thick stone wall was built to separate this peaceful retreat from the present day Philadelphia Pike. Today this 3 bedroom home includes a large parlor with what was probably the cooking fireplace, a magnificent piece with some of the legends of the house's history mounted on a wooden plaque over it. At some point probably in the early 20th century, it had been covered over with wallboard and wallpaper. Moving up one of the 2 staircases, we find another beautiful room---the main bedroom on the 2nd level, with the original beaded wooden joists (probably created by the Penny family). Another staircase here leads up to the attic, complete with original rafters imprinted with Roman numerals used to aid in roof construction. The landscaped grounds include a springhouse, the former cow pond, a gazebo made from a Victorian bell tower, a former garage, potting shed, and an outbuilding once used as an antique shop. An album in the house contains many photographs filled with the antiques from that period. The house has been featured on Wilmington Garden Day.
Exterior Features

Architectural Style Colonial Construction Materials Stone Direction Faces East Exterior Features Outbuilding(S)Stone Retaining WallsWater Fountains Fencing BoardOther Garage YN No Location Type Urban Lot Features LandscapingPondRear Yard Other Structures Above GradeBelow Grade Parking Features Paved Parking Parking Types DrivewayOn Street Patio And Porch Features Porch(Es) Pool No Pool Property Condition Good Riparian Rights YN No Road Responsibility City/County Road Surface Type Black Top Roof WoodOther View Garden/LawnStreet Water Access YN No Water Oriented YN No Water View YN No Waterfront YN No

Interior Features

Above Grade Fin SQFT 2525 Appliances DishwasherDryer - ElectricMicrowaveOven/Range - GasWasher/Dryer Stacked Basement Full Basement YN Yes Below Grade Finished Area 800 Cooling Central A/C Fireplace Features Gas/PropaneWood Fireplace YN Yes Fireplaces Total 2 Flooring Wood Heating Forced Air Heating YN Yes Inclusions Garden OrnamentsPlaque Over FireplaceDishwasherRefrigeratorWasher/DryerTv in Kitchen Interior Features Additional StairwayCurved StaircaseFloor Plan - TraditionalKitchen - Eat-In Laundry Type Main Floor Levels 2 Room List Living RoomDining RoomBedroom 2Bedroom 3KitchenDenBedroom 1Bathroom 1 Rooms Total 7 Security Features Electric Alarm Spa YN No Upper Level1 Bedrooms 3 Walls Ceilings MasonryPlaster Walls

Property Features

Acceptable Financing ConventionalFhaFha 203(B)Va Accessibility Features None Assessment Year 2020 Association YN No Central Air YN Yes Condo YN No Cooling Fuel Electric Cross Street Winding Ln. Electric 150 Amps Federal Flood Zone YN No Foundation Details Stone Heating Fuel Electric Historic YN No Horse YN No Hot Water Natural Gas Internet Services Fiber Optic Navigable Water YN N New Construction YN No Original MLSNumber 800850672626 Ownership Interest Fee Simple Possession 31-60 Days Cd61-90 Days Cd Sale Type Standard Senior Community YN No Sewer Public Sewer Structure Design Type Detached Tax Annual Amount 3136.00 Tax Assessment Amount 86700.00 Transportation Bus Stop Less Than 1 Mile Utilities Electric AvailableNatural Gas AvailableSewer AvailableWater Available Vacation Rental YN No Water Source Public Zoning Residential

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©2021 Bright MLS, All Rights Reserved. IDX information is provided exclusively for consumers' personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. Some properties which appear for sale may no longer be available because they are for instance, under contract, sold, or are no longer being offered for sale. Information is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS or The Allison Stine Team with Northrop Realty a Long and Foster Company. Some real estate firms do not participate in IDX and their listings do not appear on this website. Some properties listed with participating firms do not appear on this website at the request of the seller. Data last updated: 2021-12-07T06:53:03.93.
 
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