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Woodbrook and Sharpely development files

Creation: 1952-2009
Accession: 2588


The Woodlawn Trustees Inc., a major landowner in suburban Wilmington, Delaware, began developing Woodbrook and Sharpley neighborhoods in the mid-1950s. This collection illustrates the process of creating suburban residential subdivision in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.


  • Creation: 1952-2009



15 item(s)

Historical note

The Woodlawn Trustees Incorporated, a legacy of the Bancroft family, is a major landowner in the area around Wilmington, Delaware. It engages in residential and commercial development, balanced with the preservation of open space. Woodbrook and Sharpley, two neighborhoods Woodlawn began developing in 1954 and 1956 respectively, are two typical mid-twentieth century suburban housing developments located between Rockland and U.S. Route 202 in Brandywine Hundred.

Scope and Contents

The files are illustrative of the process of creating suburban residential subdivisions from the 1950s to 1970s. They include property deeds and agreements, plat maps of the sites, advertising materials, and the charger and handbook of the Woodbrook Civic Association. There is also a history of the Sharpley development for the Sharpley website.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Related Materials

Woodlawn Trustees, Incorporated records (accession 2424), Manuscript and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Woodlawn Trustees, Incorporated photographs (Accession 2010.276), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Intiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Woodbrook and Sharpely development files
Gene Castellano
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Revision Statements

  • 2020: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA