Driving up McKennan Church Road the other day a rusting, old metal tower and a dilapidated concrete block building at the Delcastle Golf Course caught my attention. So on the sunny day in mid-April I snapped a few photos as abandoned structures, survivors from earlier times, often get my attention.
The excellent weblog, the Mill Creek Hundred History Blog (MCHHB) had a post about the history of land. The New Castle County Farm occupied the property from about 1915 to 1968. During those years, convicts from the nearby New Castle County Workhouse labored in the fields. In 1970 the county golf course opened on the site. Click here to read the MCHHB blog post about Delcastle Farm. I also talked to the receptionist and she too mentioned that the place had served as a prison farm, but didn’t know history or purpose of the tower.
So this rustic relic from the past apparently served as an observation platform for the Delcastle Prison Farm. If anyone has any additional insight on the structure, please feel free to share it.