Centerville, Delaware

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Centerville, Delaware
Unincorporated community
Centerville is located in Delaware
Centerville is located in the US
Coordinates: 39°49′17″N 75°37′00″W / 39.82139°N 75.61667°W / 39.82139; -75.61667Coordinates: 39°49′17″N 75°37′00″W / 39.82139°N 75.61667°W / 39.82139; -75.61667
Country United States
State Delaware
County New Castle
Elevation 436 ft (133 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 302
GNIS feature ID 213782[1]

Centerville (also known as Centreville) is an unincorporated community in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. Centerville is now known primarily for being the location of Du Pont family estates, as well as several other wealthy business families from nearby Wilmington, and the home of Governor Jack Markell.

The village developed along the Kennett and Wilmington Pike which was chartered by the Delaware Legislature in 1811. The road, now known as Delaware Route 52 or the Kennett Pike, is part of the Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway, a National Scenic Byway.[2] A group of fifteen houses, most of the village, was listed as the Centreville Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. About the same time, three other properties near the village, the Joseph Chandler House, the Carpenter-Lippincott House, and Mt. Airy School No. 27, were separately listed by the NRHP. The Centre Meeting and Schoolhouse had been listed in 1971.[3]

The hamlet of Fairville, Pennsylvania, about three miles north on Kennett Pike (Pennsylvania Route 52) developed about the same time as Centerville, and is also listed on the National Register.


Centerville is located at 39°49′17″N 75°37′00″W / 39.82139°N 75.61667°W / 39.82139; -75.61667[1] on the Pennsylvania state line, 5 mi/8 km NNW of Wilmington. Its elevation is 436 feet (133 m).

Area attractions[edit]

Entrance to the Joseph Chandler House on Chandler Lane in Centerville

Brandywine Creek State Park is located just to the SE of the village center. Delaware Museum of Natural History and the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate in Winterthur, Delaware are located just to the south of Centerville, on Delaware Route 52.


Centerville is home to Layton Preparatory School and the Centreville Layton School/

See also[edit]

  • Isaac Collins, a colonial printer, publisher, bookseller and merchant born in Centerville.


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