History of109 West Main Street Middletown, DE 19709
Description of house as it was when placed on National Register of Historic places in 1979:
- Late 19th century
- 2 ½ story dwelling
- Original shiplap siding
- Gable roof with bracketed cornice
- 2 ½ story, center façade tower
- Slate mansard roof; ornate
- 1 story façade porch
The 2009 Designer Show House was built in 1877 by Jefferson B. Foard as a gift to Fannie Foard, his wife.
In 1881 J.B. Foard served as town commissioner and an officer of the Mutual Loan Association. He also sold farming implements on West Main St.
His wife Fannie died in 1882, intestate and the house became JB Foard’s house. Fannie and J.B. had 2 daughters and the house was left to them when he died in 1927.
The interior trim work is also original to the house, along with all the original floors (except the bath & kitchen, the kitchen were covered over when it was remodeled). The house is still heated with the radiators you will see throughout the house. The medallions in the front 2 rooms are original plaster along with the crown mouldings.
We hope you enjoy your walk back in time as you tour this grand house.