Willingtown Square

Willingtown Square is a collection of four historic buildings, dating from the mid to late 1700s. In 1976 these buildings were moved to the 500 block of Market Street from various sites throughout Wilmington to save them from demolition. The four structures were built when mercantile and shipping activities were prevalent along the Christina River and grain mills lined the banks of the Brandywine. Willingtown Square is named after Thomas Willing, who in 1731 laid out the village that was to become the city of Wilmington. The houses in Willingtown Square have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For additional information on the history of these historic buildings, which include the Cook-Simms House, the Jacobs House and the Jacob and Obidiah Dingee Houses, please click here.

505 N. Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801 - Directions and parking
(302) 655-7161

These buildings can be viewed from the outside but the buildings themselves are not open to the public. The Willingtown Square Gallery, adjacent to the Research Library, is open with changing exhibits during library hours.


Willingtown Square is available to rent for events and special occasions.



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