The house at Handsell is one part of this historic site, which interprets the history of three unique cultures that shaped the surrounding location. These cultures are the indigenous population that resided in the village of Chicone, African-Americans, and the colonial settlers. The plantation in this area used the forced labor of close to one hundred African Americans. Later, the sharecropper community of Indiantown grew up around the house.
Handsell House Prior to Restoration ca. 2003 | Image Credit: Restore Handsell
Handsell House in 2019 | Image Credit: Restore Handsell
The house at Handsell is an 1837 rebuild of an 18th century house devastated by fire ca. 1781. It lay vacant and boarded up from the 1950s to the early 2000s. The Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance purchased the house in 2009.
The recreation of the door is part of a larger project for the Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance. Their goal is to allow people access to the house again, and the new door is doing just that. The project has also included an entry door and kitchen step restoration.
Kitchen Entryway January 2020 | Image Credit: Restore Handsell
New Exterior Door Undergoing Restoration | Image Credit: Restore Handsell