We love to showcase a variety of properties here in our "Home of the Week" segment, and that includes many homes that tell the story of coastal Delaware's extensive history. And that's exactly what this week's featured property does in spades.
It's been completely renovated and today looks a bit like an oversized Victorian doll house, but the history of this home dates all the way back to 1846, when shipbuilding was a dominant industry in many southern Delaware towns.
It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places and we'll tell you much more about this once-in-a-lifetime property in just a moment.
But first, we once again remind you about our online Search Feature, where you can view the hundreds of homes currently on the market here in beautiful coastal Delaware. If you've ever wanted to move to the area, or even buy a second home at or near the beach, right now is a great time to do so.
So take a few minutes to look things over, and then give us a call and let one of our experienced agents show you around. There are lots of great homes out there, so pick your favorites and then let us do the rest.
Now, on to this week's featured property, located at 102 Union Street, in the heart of historic downtown Milton.
First, here's our own Taylor Wade to tell you a little bit about it in video form.
We continue with our featured writeup of this historic home now with some exterior photos of the property. Take a look...
To say this home has an interesting story is an understatement by any stretch of the imagination. With nearly 200 years of tales to tell, this property just exudes local history.
And we're going to tell you all about it in just a moment. But first, you can click on the link below to grab what we like to call the "nuts and bolts" of this property, including school district information, tax details and more.
This gracious and visually appealing Victorian home in the heart of downtown Milton boasts a huge amount of local history and is listed on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places.
The property can be used for both residential and commercial purposes and features many elements you just don’t find in more modern homes, including a peaked roof, a millwork wooden stairway, tall baseboards and multiple covered porches.
Within walking distance of Milton’s library, park and farmer’s market, as well as other downtown attractions, this four bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom eye-catching property dates all the way back to the middle of the 19th century and was originally owned by one of Milton’s wealthiest and most well-known shipbuilding families.
The original part of the home, built around 1850 by Milton patriarch Noah Megee, was originally used as a tavern and features original soft pine flooring, as does much of the home.
This striking Victorian property was also the only home on historic Union Street to survive the huge fire that raged through Milton in 1909, according to news reports of the day.
Other features of the home include an oversized modern chef’s kitchen and an extensive amount of outdoor living space, including a front porch, a back porch, an oversized deck and a covered porch on the second level that overlooks the scenic Broadkill River. There’s also a gas fireplace, bay windows and a renovated bathroom with claw foot bathtub.
The entire home was refurbished in 2011, but the history of the property dates to 1846 when the first ship was actually built on-site by the Megee family. In total, 22 sailing ships were built in the back of the property during the days when Milton boasted a thriving shipbuilding industry.
The property line, again dating back to a time when shipbuilding dominated the area, actually extends several feet out into the Broadkill River.
Now blending local history with modern technology, we're going to show you this home in a virtual reality format. Check it out below...
If you’d like to view this historic home in the heart of downtown Milton, or any other property in southern Delaware, contact a member of the Oldfather Group today at 302-260-2000. Or you can use our convenient scheduling app by clicking below.
Either way, we hope to hear from you soon.