The mail order house in this photograph was built around 1915. Located in Port Penn, Delaware it is along a local walking tour through the towns history. During the late 19th century ordering your home from Sears, Roebuck and Company was quite common. You would receive your lumber, pre-cut of course and instructions. This convenience made it easy for you to construct your home on site upon arrival.
It arrived in pieces by the way of the railroad in Delaware City. This home with its overhang on the second story was a statement of wealth in this community. During the time it was built most who live in the area were concerned with the convenience and function of the home. The members of this community were mainly middle-class families. But this home with its statement of wealth, the Quillen family could add a little more. To learn more about the Port Penn walking tour visit last weeks post, “Muskrat Shacks“.