Reprinted with permission. First published in Delaware History, v.32, no.1 (fall/winter 2007). Timothy J. Mullin, Department Head of Library Special Collections, and Director of the Kentucky Library & Museum at Western Kentucky University, holds a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation and has taught architectural history at Louisiana State University. Many thanks to Eric Jodlbauer, and his mother, Nancy L. Jodlbauer, the new owner of Harmony House. This article could not have been written without Eric's assistance and photographic skills, and Nancy's goodwill in allowing the author to closely examine her house and garden from top to bottom.


New Castle is Delaware's oldest continually occupied town, settled in 1651. This article describes historical studies of the town and the process of "reading" buildings and preparing documentation. The author addresses the interpretation or misinterpretation of documentation and myths for long-held "rules of thumb" in historic preservation studies of New Castle. Case studies include the Old New Castle Court House, the Amstel House, and the Harmony House

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