Although Ross was a local hero, he was also a slave owner and Southern sympathizer -- which became problematic for him when Delaware sided with the North during the Civil War. He made a dramatic escape, supposedly in a barrel of apples which was placed on the very railroad Ross had had run by his plantation. Ross made it to England, where he spent most of the rest of the war.
Ross was a slaveholder and obviously sympathetic with the various arguments intended to preserve it. "Slavery might be dying in Delaware," he said, but he was convinced a majority of the citizens in the state supported the rights of the slaves states.
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Noteworthy is that one of the original slave quarters still exists and is open, along with the house.
Getting there: 23669 Ross Station Rd, Seaford, DE 19973
Hours: 1 - 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday