Claymont DE--Many Jewels Seen in Its Historic Buildings
By Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Independent architectural histor'n)
A recent visit to Claymont, Delaware for their annual tour turned out to be a little architectural history feast. One building I have always wanted to know more about was the Grubb-Worth Mansion. It stands behind a stone wall on Philadelphia Pike, also known as Route 13 and once called The King’s Highway. This 1783 stone home is now owned by the Holy Rosary Parish and the interior has had many changes to suit the needs of owners through the years. But the key to a building such as this is the basement, and I was lucky enough to have the guide, also named Carolyn, take me down to give me a feel for earlier details, such as the foundations for fireplaces long since removed from the main floor. In the early 20th century, it became the home of Edward Worth, owner of nearby Worth Steel. At t...