Saving Darby Borough’s History, One 168-Year-Old Home at a Time

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1000 Main Street in Darby Borough. Image via Pete Bannan, Media News Group.

Friends of 1000 Main in Darby Borough are putting their best effort forward to save a pre-Civil War building, writes Pete Bannan for the Daily Times.

The 168-year-old home at 1000 Main Street suffers from “the slow destruction of neglect

The historic preservation group is looking to rehabilitate the building.

Built as a family home by John J. White, it has sat unoccupied for years.

Stucco covers the precisely cut mortis and tenon joints ,slots and pegs which connect the timber of the house.

“This home, which has been here for 170 years, reminds us of who we are and where we came from,” said John Haigis, former chairman of the Darby Borough Historical Commission. “We are engaged in a quest to redo this building.”

The group would like to see the home be part of a designated historic district. It sits across from the Darby Library, the nation’s first library, founded in 1743 and at its present location since 1872.

Darby Friends Meeting, built in 1805, is just up the street, next to a home built in 1734.

Darby is an historic anchor community linked to the development of Delaware County.

Read more about this historic home and Darby Borough here.

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