Peek Inside This Historic Mansion That’s On The Market For The First Time In 150 Years

It's basically an 8,000 square-foot time capsule.

Historic homes always come with an interesting backstory and lots of character, but owning this particular historic home is like owning a time capsule. The Crooked Billet Mansion in Delaware was first operated as a tavern from 1702 until 1811. In 1864, it was passed down to the du Pont family, and it’s stayed within the family until recently going on the market. That’s right: this home hasn’t been on the market in over 150 years.

Crooked Billet is currently listed for sale for $2.85 million.

The property is situated in Wilmington, Delaware and sits on just over four acres of land.

The main home is over 8,000 square feet and has nine bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and three partial bathrooms.


But, that’s not the only structure the property contains. There’s also a detached carriage apartment and a pool house that could hosts guests—in case the nine-bedroom home wasn’t enough.


In 1976, the land was added to the National Register of Historic Places, so as you can imagine, the inside is full of architectural elements from another era.


There are 200-year-old pine floors throughout the main level along with stone fireplaces and detailed wood paneling throughout the property.


“It’s about as classic as classic gets,” managing partner Laird Bunch of Brandywine Fine Homes, Sotheby’s International Realty, who is marketing the property told Delaware Online. “It’s a really special part of the area’s history.”


Marion du Pont McConnell grew up in the mansion, but in 2016, she and her husband sold the estate, including the home, its four acres and the remaining 24 acres on which the property sits to Crooked Billet LLC, whose managing partner is Dewson Construction.

Excluding the main house and its surrounding four acres, the Crooked Billet estate will be turned into a new home community, according to the Dewson Construction website.

“The Crooked Billet and Kent Road homes will reflect the beautiful and timeless architecture of the area that makes Greenville the premiere and desired location that it is, while enabling a simpler lifestyle for those wishing to downsize and leave the landscaping chores to someone else,” the website states.

You can see the plans for the community below:

So, you won’t necessarily have to shell out $2.85 million to own a piece of this historic property, but owning the mansion is surely the best way to get in on the historic action—if you happen to be in the market for that kind of thing.