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.