My mother’s only cousin, Hal, insisted that I needed to learn more about the hidden historic treasures in Delaware. The 70-degree temperatures and spring sunshine today made exploring and photographing Delaware a delight.
“If you love Colonial Williamsburg, Marsha, you will enjoy Historic New Castle, DE., established in 1651.”
“First order of business, Marsha, you HAVE to eat at Jessop’s Tavern. You get to experience colonial life.”
Our food came in pewter bowls and plates served by servers in colonial costumes.
After lunch, our eyes soon became as glutted as our stomachs. Stumbling along uneven brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets, we admired preserved, and not restored, colonial architecture. One house caught my eye because the patterned brick front differed from the smoother faced brick on the surrounding homes.
As it happened, the owner came out of the home at the exact time we walked back up the street.
Of course, I asked him a question, “Do you live here? I love the brick pattern on your home.”
“It was built in 1690, the oldest one still standing.”
“New Castle is so quiet and peaceful,” Hal commented.
Richard’s left eyebrow raised slightly. “That is changing. In March we voted to allow New Castle to become a National Historic Park. Delaware was the only state that didn’t have one. I used to own the Arsenal Restaurant on the Green, but the government didn’t renew my lease. They have other plans for it.”
A half-hour later he escaped our barrage of questions. A few minutes later I saw him again, conversing with one of the servers at his restaurant, Jessop’s Tavern.