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"We celebrate the past to inspire the future" (JFK)


NOTE: This site has information about the Historical Society,
but it is NOT being maintained (updated);

TO SEE OTHER SITES WITH CLAYMONT, DE HISTORY, CLICK TO GO TO:

CLICK TO GO TO WWW.NAAMANS.ORG .... or ....

GO TO THE ROBINSON HOUSE PAGE ... or ...

CLICK TO GO TO THE F.O.C. DARLEY SITE


The Claymont Historical Society, Inc.

It's time to preserve Claymont's history!... PLEASE ENTER!


President, Martha Schiek, Vice President, Carolyn Mercadante,
Secretary-Historian, Judith Hester
Acting Treasurer, Lorraine West. Executive Director: Ray Hester


Member of the Delaware Association of Musuems and Historical Societies.

Claymont is an unincorporated community in New Castle County, abt. 7 miles north of Wilmington, DE, adjoining the PA state line.

The Historical Society began operating in 2000. As of March 2002, there are 21 members.


What Happened Today In History?


WHAT IS AN AMERICAN?

Claymont men and women have served their country throughout it's history and American pride is still very much a part of our community. The Society takes you to a great definition of
"What is an American?"
GO THERE See a great Darley Revolutionary Print at the end.
(Use "return" to come back here)


Go directly to Minutes
from the Joint Meeting, Feb. 5th (ref. the Wertmuller House, etc.


CLICK TO GO TO THE WERTMULLER INFO PAGE


The book, "Images of America, Claymont" is available in local (Wilmington, DE area) book stores. As of August, 2001, about 3,300 have been sold.

Signed copies can be obtained from the Historical Society (send an email, below). ($18.99 + $3.90 if shipped.)


CLICK HERE TO RETURN TO THE CLAYMONTDE.ORG PORTAL


ARCHIVES ... Previous Features on this site:

A key thing that the Claymont Historical Society is trying to do is to call attention to the REMAINING historic assets in Claymont.

The Bird House .. the family, not the flying foul ... (we think that's the name) at Grubb's Landing Road and Philadelphia Pike is for sale. What will it become? Will it survive as a home? 4 apts. as it is now? Renovated for offices? OR, worst, bulldozed for a new building?

UPDATE: MARCH 29, 2002. THE HOUSE HAS BEEN SOLD FOR A SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING; RENOVATIONS HAVE BEGUN.

We're trying to find more information on the house's past; if you know anything about this house, please email us with your information.

Also below is what was the "GAME ROOM" for RIVERCROFT, the estate where Claymont Garden Apartments are today at the corner of Governor Printz Blvd. and Philadelphia Pike (see page 51 of the "Claymont" pictorial history book).

This barn was used for small livestock AND "game" ... so as to have a ready source of meat for the table.

In recent years, it was a liquor store. We've been told that it's being renovated for an office. Unfortunately, the structure, including the massive floor 'joists' are in pretty bad condition.

Pictured last is the Wertmuller House, on CITISTEEL USA's property.

(Left) (below) The Byrd House: front, facing Grubb Landing Rd.

West side of house, facing the Pike



The "RIVERCROFT" (estate) Game Room:

Front of barn, facing Gov. Printz Blvd. ("Shell Road" of old)

Back, top side (would have faced the house, up the hill).

Hand-hewn beams in the barn are in bad condition.


CLICK TO GO TO THE WERTMULLER INFO PAGE


WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN CLAYMONT'S 'HISTORIC' FUTURE? ...
Become a part of our group; we're growing and learning ...

We meet monthly and have a "program" about 4 times per year.

Annual memberships begin at only $10.

If you have interest, please send an email and we'll tell you more.

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Sept. 14, 2002:

Behind the scenes tour of the John Dickinson Mansion (Dover)


A RESOLUTION ...

HONORING THE LIFE OF THERESA "TESS" MEZDAIL FENNICK FOR HER SERVICE TO COMMUNITY AND STATE

WHEREAS, Theresa Mezdail Fennick was born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania in 1921, and lived her childhood on her family's farm in the Benton, Pennsylvania where she graduated from Benton High School, and

WHEREAS, Theresa graduated from Geisinger Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania as a Registered Nurse in 1944. During World War II, she married Elmer Fennick and in 1947 they moved to Wilmington, Delaware where she immediately began her lifelong nursing career, and

WHEREAS, Theresa's hospital nursing concentration was pediatrics, focusing on premature babies. She attended the University of Delaware while also being a full time nurse for the Head Start program. She later became the school nurse for various school districts in New Castle County until her retirement in 1986, and

WHEREAS, In retirement, Theresa continued a life of service in volunteer work in her community of Claymont where she had moved in 1955. She was a regular participant in most all the civic affairs in her community, most recently participating and contributing in the Claymont Renaissance Workshops, and

WHEREAS, Theresa loved to travel, work in her garden, sew, and play the piano and entertain guests in her historic home in Claymont. She shared her concerns and her love of community with others as she went about these activities, leaving her spirit in the hearts of many as they saw her enthusiasm continue even when she became weak in recent times, and

WHEREAS, Theresa served the Delaware State Federation of Women's Clubs in various service projects and offices, including serving two terms as it's President during her twenty-eight year membership. She served as Delaware State President of the Federation in 1996-1998. During this same time, she was also an active member of the Brandywine New Century Club and the Woman's Club of Claymont, and

WHEREAS, Theresa was a charter member of the Claymont Historical Society and the Darley Society, serving as Secretary to both for the last three years. Her experience and wisdom helped guide these organizations in their early years, and

WHEREAS, Theresa was a key person in the initiation of the community effort to preserve the Woods Haven-Kruse property in Claymont as open space, and

WHEREAS,Theresa was a devoted wife to her loving husband, Elmer Fennick who died in 1974 and mother to her children, Jean Frances who died in 1962, Greg of Wilmington, and Sue McDonald of Boca Raton, Florida. Her love also extended to her daughter-in-law Janet, granddaughter Arielle, and brother Felix Mizdail of Pennsylvania. Theresa's legacy of caring and leadership will live on in those left behind, after her passing on May 12, 2002.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: that the Claymont Historical Society and the Darley Society, hereby honors and recognizes the outstanding contributions to nursing and the dedication to civic duty of Theresa Mizdail Fennick.

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Email: nrh@claymontde.org