Darley Rd. and Philadelphia Pike (U.S. 13)
Claymont, New Castle County, Delaware, 19703
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This is the former home of world-renowned illustrator F. O. C. Darley (1821-1888). Built in the late 18th century and enlarged several times, the house was purchased by Darley in 1863 and renamed "The Wren's Nest."
During his career, Darley made illustrations for works by Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, and James Fenimore Cooper. Two of his most notable works were Irving's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." Charles Dickens visited here for two weeks during his triumphant tour of America in 1867. He died at his home-studio while finishing a Dickens portfolio in 1888.
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The Darley House, former home of world-renowned illustrator F. O. C. Darley, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Darley made illustrations for works by several famous 19th century authors.
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