Street Address
49 N. Old Baltimore Pike
Christiana, DE 19702
Mailing Address
49 N. Old Baltimore Pike
Christiana, DE 19702
Museum Type(s)
Staff
Ken Baumgardt, President
phone: 302-286-6223

Description

Christiana Historic District is a national historic district located at Christiana, New Castle County, Delaware. It encompasses nine contributing buildings. They include: Brinkle-Maxwell House (c. 1786), Jones Mansion House Lot (c. 1752), Christiana Presbyterian Church (1757), Joel Lewis House (c. 1799), Christiana Methodist Episcopal Church (1858), Christiana Inn (c. 1770), Hillis Mansion House, and Shannon Hotel.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974

One of the earliest colonial towns in America, the little hamlet of Christiana, Delaware, holds a proud tradition of the past. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Christiana was the home to many of the founding fathers, unique architecture, and yes, George Washington DID sleep here! Founded in the 17th century, the head of the Christiana River was an important landing point for the early settlers. As early as 1686 there was a bridge here, giving rise to its early name, Christiana Bridge. It was along the Kings Road from Philadelphia to Baltimore, and George Washington often stopped here to rest or for a meal. During the Revolutionary War, Colonial troops landed here to fight back a British invasion at Cooches' Bridge, the only Revolutionary War battle in Delaware. In the 19th century, it was bypassed by both the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and the early railroads, so the town passed into some obscurity. It remains today a little Williamsburg, a colonial crossroads still intact and reminding us of a quieter time in our past.