October 7 is another First Saturday in the First State Heritage Park in Dover, Delaware. From 10-1, visit Woodburn, The Governor's House 151 King's Highway. Then walk a couple of blocks starting at 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to the John Bell House on The Green, and visit a Civil War Army recruiting station to explore the lives of the soldiers and attend a theater presentation at 11 a.m. Complete schedule of all the day's events here.
Thursdays in October bring architectural walking tours of Lewes. These 60 minute tours ($10) of the historic district emphasize the Victorian era. Call 302-645-7670 for details.
Hale-Byrnes House in Stanton has scheduled the following 2 events this month: On Saturday, Octobr 14 from 7:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m. hear Jim Christ of the Paoli Battlefield speak on "Remember Paoli," the Revolutionary War battle. Then, on October 15 from 3-5 p.m., Mark Lawlor will speak on the Brandywine Springs Amusement Park in Wilmington. I have Mark's book on the park, and it is full of great pictures of this turn-of -the -century park. Both events are $5 and include coffee and dessert.
Thursday, October 19, Bellevue State Park presents the Cauffiel House Spirits Tour across the road at the Cauffiel Mansion. Wealthy owners of this old estate lurk the grounds from room to gate. They mean you no harm, unless you do, so bring a friend for a quick rescue. Flashlights are provided, as are refreshments for those who linger. The price is $15 for the living, and register here by the 11th. Meet at the house on the 19th, the haunting begins at 7. (image from Vintage Knitter)
Bellevue Park is also offering Friday, October 20 haunted tours of the Parsonage and the adjacent Mount Pleasant Meeting House, both at the edge of the park. Pre-register no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18. $7 per person. Call 302-761-6963
These tickets go quickly, so reserve for the New Castle Hauntings in History Tours on Oct . 13, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 at 7, 7:30 and 8:30 each night. Look for the "Woman in Blue" in Old New Castle!
The Town of Middletown tells us to check back for details on their Halloween Parade Saturday, October 28. So watch their web page.
October 27-28, Winterthur presents Creating Brilliance, a conference on the material and social history of lighting. During the nascent era of electrical lighting, Winterthur Museum’s founder Henry Francis du Pont sought to balance desires for modernity and authenticity in the rooms and spaces he created. The dialogue between artificial light and decorative arts remains pertinent today. Registration for Creating Brilliance here. (Winterthur image)
The Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force invites you to a public meeting to shape the discussion on preservation October 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Independence Park Visitor Center, 6th and Market in Philadelphia.
The biggie for me is always the first Saturday in October: Chester County Day house tour, in it's 77th year for the benefit of the Chester County Hospital. This year the tour focuses on historic homes and reproduction historic homes in the Marshall Square area of West Chester, plus the Northwest quadrant or "ironmaster" area of the County. I highly recommend attending one of the preview power point programs.
You can go to the Historic West Chester Court House at 2 N. High St. at 6 or 7:30 p.m.on October 6, or the Longwood Gardens Visitor Center the same night at 5, 6, or 7 p.m. The latter also gives you free admission to Longwood all Friday and Sunday, the next day. You will NOT have time to see Longwood Saturday because there are so many houses to see that you will have a hard time seeing them all. I never do. You can usually get a map of the houses plus tickets, $50, at the lecture.
On Saturday, October 21 from 11-3 p.m. train buff alert: FREE program at the Newtown Square RR Museum, Drexel Lodge Park, 4140 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square. They are restorinG an 1902 rail car and saved a section of track that once ran to Philadelphia from 1894-1908.
Historic Barns of S.E. Pennsylvania:Architecture & Preservation 1750-1900 will be the subject of a talk by Gregory D. Huber Tuesday, October 24 at 6 p.m. in the Barn at Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia. Registration at email@example.com $10 for SAH Phila. & Bartrams Garden members, $15 non-members.
And speaking of Bartram's garden, the Chester County Historical Society is sponsoring a lecture and guided tour of their exhibit about John Bartram and his cousin, Humphry Marshall on Tuesday, October 3 at 6 p.m. at the Historical Society, 225 North High Street in West Chester. Fee $30, $20 for members, wine and cheese reception. RSVP here or call 610-692-4800.
And a word to the wise: if you are looking for an older or historic home, a larger proportion than usual of the homes on the market fit that category. A wise buyer should give me a call at 302-593-5111 or email me for a consultation. Carolyn Roland, Your Older and Historic Homes Resource for Delaware and Southern Chester County.