Darley House - Claymont, Delaware
|Location||3701 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, Delaware|
|Nearest city||Wilmington, Delaware|
|Area||less than one acre|
|NRHP Reference #||73000508|
|Added to NRHP||July 2, 1973|
The Darley House, located in Claymont, New Castle County, Delaware, along the Philadelphia Pike and Darley Road, is the former home of world-renowned illustrator Felix Octavius Carr Darley (1821–1888).
Upon his marriage in 1859, F. O. C. Darley moved to Claymont, Delaware where he worked for the next 19 years. Built in the late 18th century and enlarged several times during the first half of the 19th century, the house was purchased by Darley in 1863 and renamed "The Wren’s Nest."
During his career, Darley made illustrations for works by Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, and James Fenimore Cooper. Two of his most notable works were Irving’s "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." Charles Dickens visited here for two weeks during his triumphant tour of America in 1867. He died at his home-studio while finishing a Dickens portfolio in 1888.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Rosemary Troy; Graydon Wood; Vincent Rogers (July 1972). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Darley House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2013-01-01. See also: "Accompanying two photos" (PDF).
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