Buckingham Township Shortly after Samuel Preston founded Stockport. his friend Abram Dillon settled on a large tract of land on the Delaware River between Stockport and the village of Equinunk. Dillon built a large Greek Revival house and the place became known as Dillontown. Abram and his wife Esther had nine children. For three generations the family engaged in timbering and farming and had a busy lumber mill. An undated photo in "Once Upon a Memory" shows two of Leonard Dillon's summer boarders from "Saint's Nest," Dillontown, waiting for a train. In 1924 the properly was sold to Louis and Joanne Riguard. The present owners have an envelope with a return address of LeHommeau on the Delaware, Richard Rivelle, Manager, Equinunk. Owners after the Riguards were Frances Plis, her sons Edward and John, and Robin Pitterman. It is now the property of Patrick and Adeline Villano. They have done extensive work on the house. The classic Greek Revival house has corner pilasters, a wide hand of trim under the cornice, and a one-story porch with turned spindles. The entry door has rectangular sidelights and transom of very old glass. A large addition on the northern side was added many years ago. Built into the hillside behind the house is a large plastered and stone-floored cold storage room. A pipe brings water from an old spring above the house. The original part of the house has four rooms on the first floor with old pine floors, old plaster, and plank ceilings in some rooms. Windows there are nine-over-six of very old glass. The stair paneling is original and has very wide boards. There are three bedrooms and baths upstairs, with three more bedrooms and baths as well as a large living room in the addition. The Villanos plan to open a seasonal bed and breakfast in this beautiful and historic house.
Text by Marge Hook and Sally Eno Soden
Line Drawing by William Amptman
From 1993 through 2008 the Honesdale National Bank published an annual wall calendar, each featured 13 historic sites. The sites were chosen and researched by a committee of the historical society and artwork was commissioned to Judy Hunt and William Amptman by the bank.
This page was one month of the calendar and was made possible through the Wayne County Commissioners and a Tourism Promotion Committee’s Tourism Grant.
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