Tilton Society of Delaware

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Tilton Society of Delaware Board Members

Michele Schiavoni, President

Cynthia Pritchard, Vice President

Susan Oโ€™Donnell, Treasurer

Emma Odren, Secretary

Valarie Windle Leary, Board Member

Suzanne Savery, Board Member

Mark Thompson, Board Member

Charlie Tomlinson, Board Member

The Tilton Mansion

The Tilton Mansion

Tilton Mansion was built on land bought by James Tilton, MD from Bancroft Woodcock in 1792. Learn all about the mansion’s history from then until today!

Mission Statement

The Tilton Society of Delaware is a 501c3 whose purpose is to educate, promote and preserve the legacy of Dr. James Tilton and the historic significance of his home, the Tilton Mansion on Broom Street in Wilmington, Delaware. The Tilton Mansion is a contributing property to the Eighth Street Park Historic District (or Tilton Park Historic District).

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Dr. James Tilton

“His firsts are far-reaching and extend into agricultural firsts and meteorological
firsts, all recorded in the likes of the Library of Congress. While
this might be in fact be the first time that you have heard about
Tilton, it is our hope that it is not the last.”

Learn all about the Tilton Society’s namesake and his impact on the world yesterday and today.

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Tilton Society of Delaware
Dr. James Tilton served in the War of 1812. Today we celebrate the wars 210th Anniversary. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

Historian Glen Kyle presents a program on the War of 1812 including causes, outcomes, and soldier life with a special emphasis on the war in the South.

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Tilton Society of Delaware
Historian Glen Kyle presents a program on the War of 1812 including causes, outcomes, and soldier life with a special emphasis on the war in the south. Great...
Tilton Society of Delaware
Tilton Society of Delaware
Medicine in the American Revolution ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ
Tilton Society of Delaware
Tilton Society of Delaware
It was during George Washington's encampment that Dr. James Tilton first began working with a hospital system for treating the sick and wounded. A more significant exception was the specially designed experimental hospital that Dr. James Tilton constructed and used successfully at Basking Ridge near Morristown in the winter of 1779-80. Modeled "upon the plan of an Indian hut," his one-story log structure provided a three-ward hospital consisting of a large central section and two smaller wings set at right angles to the central room. The wards were separate entities, for there were no windows or doors in the walls between them. The three wards, equipped with bunks, accommodated twelve patients in the central section and eight in each wing. In cold weather a "fire was built in the midst of the ward, without any chimney, and the smoke circulating about, passed off through an opening about 4 inches wide in the ridge of the roof." The patients lay with their heads to the wall and their feet turned to the fire. The smoke, Tilton wrote, combatted "infection, without giving the least offense to the patient, for it always rose above their heads, before it spread abroad in the ward." Thus, he maintained, he had provided a small, uncrowded, completely ventilated hospital in which patients suffering from fevers could be separated from the wounded.

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Tilton Society of Delaware
Tilton Society of Delaware
Happy 277th Birthday Dr. James Tilton!

James was born in June 1745 to Thomas Tilton, a farmer in Kent County, Delaware. Tilton died in 1822 at his home just outside Wilmington. He is buried in the Wilmington and Brandywine Cemetery. He was a longtime member of the American Philosophical Society, elected in 1773 and headed the Delaware Medical Society.

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