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Richardson & Robbins Cannery, Kings Highway, Dover, Kent County, DE



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Item Title


Location
Kings Highway, Dover, DE

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER DE-3
Building/structure dates: 1881 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1900 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1947 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1959 subsequent work
Significance: Richardson & Robbins, founded in 1856, was the first cannery in the state of Delaware, and a pioneer in the American canning industry. Specializing in the processing and canning of food delicacies such as boned hams and poultry, fancy fruits, and plum pudding, Richardson & Robbins and the R & R label earned an international reputation for quality. The present canning establishment includes the brick cannery building erected in 1881. Though now largely unused, the structure reflects the organization of the canning process in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Subjects
Food Industry
Agriculture
Brick Buildings


Related Names
Richardson , Alden
Robbins , James Washington
Wesleyan College
Richardson & Robbins
Richardson, Harry A.
William Underwood Company
Smith, Raymond, Historian
Foote, Charles, Photographer
William Underwood Company, Photographer


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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