Detail from Rea and Price map of 1849. Courtesy Hagley Museum and
Rea & Price Map of New Castle County, 1849
This map does not show the Town of New Castle
in particularly useful detail. What it does offer is an unusual view
of the government buildings 40 years after the Latrobe survey, and details of
location of the homes outside the city and their owners.
As shown above, the
courthouse had adjoining it on its southeast side a three and a half story
building (the debtors prison) that connected the courthouse to the 1793
sheriffs office. Note also the name A. V. Lesley on the map. Allan
Voorhees Lesley built the mansion (now know as the Deemer Mansion) near South
Street in the mid 1850's. He was listed in
the 1870 census as a 'retired physician', the wealthiest resident of New Castle.
(click on image to enlarge.
courtesy Hagley Musesum and Library)
In the country outside town are the Booth residence (now
demolished), a number of homes owned by the Trustees of the Common, and a
number of homes owned by C. I. Dupont. He married into a prominent New
Castle family in 1824 when, with Lafayette in attendance, he married Dorcas
Van Dyke at 300 Delaware Street. He built his home
on the the Brandywine adjacent to Breck's Mill.
Also visible at what is
now Rte 13 & 273 is the Green Tree Inn, the site
of the meeting in which New
Castle residents organized to face the British menace in 1814.
Zoomable high resolution regular version of the map. School districts are shown,
as well as schools (highlighted in red).