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Will the real Rhoades Shankland house please stand up? Actually there may be two still around Is the house discussed in this column in the Sept. 6 edition of the Cape Gazette the real Rhoades Shankland house? Or is the house owned by Jane Jefferson, a half a mile closer to Lewes on Savannah Road, the real Rhoades Shankland house? Although there doesn't yet appear to be concrete proof, the right answer may be that both buildings served as residences of the prominent surveyor, lawyer and sheriff in the 1700s. (Yes, I realize that my math was off by 100 years in last week's column and headline. The house at Wescoat's Comer being moved this week into Lewes was report- edly built in 1767 which would make it 229 years - not 329 years old as I reported. 229 years still ranks the building as one of the area's very significant buildings.) In the wake of last week's arti- cle however, a News Journal arti- cle surfaced which discussed a Shankland reunion in 1941. Descendants of Rhoades Shank- land, who had long ago moved westward, arrived in Lewes to vis- it the land of their forebears. The article mentions that they visited the home lived in now by Jane Jefferson, and pictured below, as the 18th century residence of Rhoades Shankland. Ralph Prettyman of Milford is an indirect descendant of the Shanklands and has been doing extensive research recently on the Prettyman family at the state archives in Dover. The area around Wescoat's Comer was known previously as Prettymanville because of the many Prettyman families living in the area in the 19th century and because of a wagon-building operation in that location by a member of the Prettyman family. The Prettymans and Shanklands joined in the late 1700s or early 1800s, according to Ralph Pretty- man's research, when Rhoades Shankland's daughter, Mary, mar- ried Shepherd Prettyman. The couple had several sons all of whom lived on land in the area thus leading to the older name of Prettymanville. "Surveys of the area from back in that time show that Rhoades BAREFOOTIN' Shankland owned a good deal of land in the Prettymanville area. All of his land in that area was on the same side of the road where the one Rhoades Shankland house, now being moved, is locat- ed. However the surveys also show that he owned more land, on both sides of Savannah Road, closer to Lewes near where Canary Creek crosses the road." That would be more in the area of the old Ebenezer Cemetery, where some Shankland members rest, and in the area of where Jane Jefferson's house now stands. An 1818 survey of Shankland's prop- erty shows a house but it is locat- ed on the survey just west of Canary Creek and south of Savan- nah Road. "Surveys of that period usually depicted buildings as they actually appeared," said Prettyman, "and this survey shows a house with two chimneys like the one at Wescoat's Comer. Under either circumstance, the house on the survey had to be moved to get to the other side of the road for either location. He could have easily had two residences." Another clue? Frank Zebley's book of Delaware churches repeats an historic quote saying that Methodist Church organizers of the area held their fast meeting in Rhoades Shankland's new house." That was 1788. If the We, scoat's corner house was built in 1767 as often mentioned, it would hardly be considered new 21 years later. So it's entirely possible that there are two Rhoad- es Shankland homes still standing 200 years after they were built. Is this another Rhoades Shankland house in Quakertown? CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 13 - September 19,1996 - 7 WORK WITH A PRO! 166 HENLOPEN AVENUE- New construction, maintenance- free exterior, & clever floor plan. October 1996 completion date. $237,500. Call Doug. 40 WILLIAM F STREET Dodd's Addition. 3 year-round apartments on a 100x100 lot. $250,000. Call Doug. THE HAPPY SALMON Very successful business at the Ocean Outlets Bayside. Call Doug for details. 227-6200 (Office) Doug Davis, Associate Broker 800-496-9269 (Toll Free) 227-1689 (Home) BAYFRONT BROADKILL Best buy on the bay. Two bed- room with spectacular bay views. Recently renovated. $139,900 BAY BLOCK BROADKILL Room for everyone. Two bed- room main home plus two bed- room guest cottage. $124,900 NEW LISTING- DEWEY OCEANFRONT Two bedroom side unit. Great ocean view. Good rental history. Owner financing. $115,000 Call Harry Wooding, REALTOR* O'Conor, Piper & Flynn (302) 227-5080 (800) 496-9269 e-mail: ]j 4421 Highway One (800) 496-9269 Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 (302) 227-6200 AFFORDABLE LIVING Waterfront community. Three bedroom, two bath. Close to the beach. Priced right. $36,000