Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Allee House at Bombay Hook, Delaware

One of the places we came across on our trip to Bombay Hook at the beginning of this month was The Allee House.  Unfortunately it was closed and has been for many years, but we were able to walk around the property and take several photos.  

It is a Queen Anne-style farmhouse built in 1753 by Abraham Allee.   Abraham was a General Assembly Member, Justice of the Peace, Chief Ranger and the son of John Allee, a Huguenot refugee from Artois, France.

The Huguenots were French Protestants most of whom eventually came to follow the teachings of John Calvin and who, in the 16th and 17th centuries, were forced to flee to other countries from France due to religious persecution.  Some remained and practiced their faith in secret.  A large number of Huguenots migrated to British North America, especially to the Carolinas, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York. They were known to be very talented in the arts, sciences and industry, and by many considered to be a great loss to French Society, but were a very welcome addition to the locations where they eventually settled in America.  

The house was closed to tours many years ago due to badly needed structural repairs but The Friends of Bombay Hook are trying to collect funds to restore it.  

Everywhere is pretty well overgrown and ready for some tender loving care.

At least the daffodils were there to lend some cheer.....

along with a few other wildflowers.

Even the humble dandelion was doing its best.

It's been a long time since anyone used a hammer and nails on this roof....

but the birds still find it a comfortable rest-stop.

The old barn is losing its red paint....

and the old window shutter fell down long ago.

I hope one day The Allee House will be returned to its former glory but even in its much weathered and rundown state it is still beautiful.  I will always have a great love for those older homes.

In the woods leading away from the house there were daffodils growing wild.....

and I couldn't help but wonder if the Allee family planted them all those years ago.

There is more historical information on The Allee House if you go here.


  1. one might drive past this gem and never know. You show it to advantage.

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  2. Your photos of this wonderful old home are marvelous! But, I hope funds come in play so that is can be restored and open to the public once again.

  3. How sad to see beautiful houses like this fall into disrepair.
    Love the tulips in your header at the moment.

  4. It certainly is a beautiful old home. I DO hope that restoration will happen. The happy daffodils will not give up hope either.

  5. Denise, after all my visits to Bombay Hook I never really checked out the Allee House. Once or twice I might have rode up the driveway. You have some great shot of the house and property. Thanks for sharing the link too. Wishing you a happy week ahead.

  6. The set of photos is very interesting, Denise. The one of the daffodils and the hazy foreground seems to capture the present looking back into time when the house was occupied by the family. Also, thank you for the historical details. The place at present is lovely in its own way, but I hope it can be sympathetically cared for and conserved.

  7. How interesting. It's a shame when cultural heritage falls into disrepair.

  8. So sad to see such a fine house in a dilapidated state. Resurrection should be good though. I liked the picture of the bird on the roof.

  9. She was once a grand old house, a definate European architectural influence about the entire property.
    I surely hope they can breath new life into her once again.
    A lovely visit Denise, my kind of 'day-out'.

  10. This was an interest array of photos and description. Your days seem full of interesting sight-seeing road trips.

    Love your new header.

  11. The barn aside,it looks as though it could have been in England.
    Jane x

  12. Imagine living in a house built in the 1700s. It really boggles my mind!

  13. it's definetly faded over the years

  14. That's a fascinating building and bit of history. I hope there will be enough funds to restore it. Such a shame if the deterioration is allowed to continue.

  15. love the weathered wood and old brick and stone.

  16. That house in the wood looks great.

  17. Kinda sad, Denise... Hope the funds will become available for them to renovate that old homeplace. Bet is was gorgeous at one time.

    YES--someone obviously planted those Daffodils at one time....

    Thanks for sharing.

  18. I could just gaze at your header shot all day Denise! But I finally took my eyes off it to read your post. This makes me want to travel up the East Coast again! What a wonderful historical area to explore. I hope they can figure out at least how to preserve it and better yet to re-open it.

  19. It would be wonderful to see this home and garden restored to their former beauty, though even in this disheveled state they are still lovely.

  20. A beautiful special place that worth to be restored!

  21. What a shame to let this old building fall into disrepair. Isn't there a heritage council or organisation to preserve old buildings?

    You captured it well!

  22. Love places like that. I sure hope it can be restored

  23. I am glad that you stopped and walked around. It is a lovely house, and I hope someone does restore it one day. By the way I have always wondered how the daffodils show up in clumps on hillsides along seemingly uninhabited areas. I wonder if they grow wild, or if someone a long time ago planted them.