Cannon-Maston House Built 1727


There was an article in my local paper this morning about the Cannon-Maston House, clinic and many historical houses in Delaware that are in danger of demolition. These kinds of stories make me crazy! Here is a little history about this one. In 1696, sovaldi James Cannon received a patent for land at this location from the Maryland goverment. This property became known as Ickford, thumb and became the pocession of his son Thomas Cannon in 1712. He erected the first section of the brick dwelling in 1727 and expanded the building in 1733. This property remained in the Cannon family until 1851, when it was sold to Halsey Maston. The Cannon-Maston House shows the architectual traditions of early plantation owners in the Chesapeake Bay region. This historical home is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Sussex County, Delaware, and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Well, guess what? It is in danger of demolition!!!! Can you stand it? This is happening to so many of our historic houses in Delaware, I am sad to say.


This next house was called the Lawrence House. It was a 167 year old Greek Revival, and was the only one in the state. I say, was, because it was demolished last year. It’s death has helped spur local historic preservation advocates to new levels of action, maybe with government help. Right now Sussex County officials have begun crafting a demolition permit plan that would allow preservationists to document a building’s history before it is torn down. Yikes!! How can they do that!!!?
Happy day anyway

5 Responses to “Cannon-Maston House Built 1727”

  1. Christine LeFever Says:

    The Greek Revival was my favorite. I am so disheartened by this. I thought only the ignorant West demolished beautiful old homes. And, it’s one thing to demolish a beautiful Victorian house out here, but the early ones like that fabulous Cannon-Maston home should be FEDERALLY protected for they are part of our early history! I wonder if Europe lost many very early structures. Evil doers are out there and we must be at the ready!!!


  2. Carole Says:

    Oh, I too, love that Greek Revival, Christine. Can you believe they tore it down!! How could they do that! By the way, we are SO enjoying John Adams.

  3. gayle tweed Says:

    Carole–I enjoy reading your blog very much and can really identify your working on your Mother’s home. Gayle

  4. Carole Says:

    Hi Gayle. I can’t tell you just how nice it is to have someone tell you how much they enjoy reading my blog. thank you for that. It is time consuming, especially when photos are involved, but it is a labor of love. I know I have many friends out there that enjoy reading it, and I am happy knowing that you are one of them.

  5. Jim Says:

    I was told the Greek Revival house was eaten up with termites. They wanted to save it but it was too far gone.

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