The Sarah Brooks House is on the Cauffiel Estate in Wilmington’s Bellevue State Park. Dated to the mid-1700s, this house is a reminder of early colonial settlers in the area. The original structure was a one-story log cabin. Later, the house was expanded with a stone addition and a second floor. The original logs are still visible, and one can even see the corn cobs, hay and nuts used to seal the cracks. The home is typical of the architecture along the Delaware River.
The house is named for Sarah Brooks Cartmell, the daughter of Thomas Cartmell who bequeathed the land to her upon his death. Sarah Brooks built the home and resided there until her death in 1784. Mementos from past residents are found throughout the home and property including children’s handprints, kitchen fixture and a cornerstone carving.
Stamps on some of the lumber, dendrochronology and archaeology provide a glimpse into the home’s early history and how its occupants lived.