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November 9, 2014 History, Sailing, York River

Sailing into History

SellenWhile sailing on a brisk afternoon along the York River, Corrin and Bob Sellen described their historic 1766 plantation house Bodo Otto in Mickelton, New Jersey. Col. Otto was a German surgeon who rose to senior medical officer in the Continental Army. “But he was not George Washington’s surgeon,” Bob clarified. “He had his own private surgeon. We bought the house in 1993 when it was already restored and 95 percent intact. The floor planks, doors, windowpanes, locks, hinges – nearly everything.” The house is on the National Register of Historic Places. We sailed past Little England Plantation on the York, which dates to 1727.

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