Resident Curatorship Program

Delaware State Parks

(302) 739-9186

The Warrington House
Trap Pond State Park

Special Considerations

Significant Elements to Be Retained:

As it stands today, the exterior of Warrington House reflects its mid-19th century construction, while the interior, especially the first floor, has undergone some alterations in the early part of this century. The both the exterior and interior of the present kitchen reflect its construction in the late 18th to early 19th century. The resident curator(s) should seek to preserve or duplicate the architectural elements that reflect both periods of construction including (but not restricted to) the following:

  1. Existing roofline on main block and ell.

  2. Exterior carpentry details, including front door and door and window trim.

  3. Interior carpentry details in the main block, including trim, doors, window surrounds and fireplace surrounds.

  4. Double hung windows.

  5. Interior carpentry details in the kitchen, including window trim, fireplace mantel, north wall paneling and winder stair.

  6. Wood siding after removal of asbestos siding. Vinyl siding is not appropriate for this building.

  7. Consideration should be given to removing the existing drop ceiling on the first floor to expose the original high ceiling.

  8. Consideration should be given to retaining and rehabilitating the three primary agricultural buildings, including the barn to the west of the house, the garage to the east of the house, and the single story building behind and perpendicular to the house. No demolition maybe undertaken without approval from the Division. The number of outbuildings to be retained will be based in part on the size of the curatorship property.

Note: Although this house structure is certainly of a residential nature, the location and traditional use of this property would allow for a curatorship plan involving an equestrian or other light agricultural enterprise if so desired by an applicant.

Land Consideration

The area of responsibility for the Warrington House resident curatorship includes the house and outbuilding area and could include up to 20 acres of land. The precise boundaries will be determined in consultation with the successful applicant and could involve a plan for their use of the property as an equestrian center or other light agricultural enterprise. Any landscaping, including tree and invasive species removal, must be accomplished following an approved landscape plan and in consultation with Park staff. It is not, however, necessary to include a business or landscape plan with this proposal.