delaware historic homes: Against all odds, Greenbank Mill survives and throws a party! - 04/27/19 03:15 PM
Today was the 15th annual sheep shearing day and herb sale at historic Greenbank Mills and Phillips Farm in Wilmington, Delaware.  I had not been to the Mill in many years, and was anxious to meet the sheep and the people who volunteer to staff the complex.
 The first mill at Greenbank was reportedly called the Swede’s Mill dating from 1677. Not much is known of this mill except a vague description and undeciphered archaeological remains. In the 1760’s, the present gristmill was built as a merchant mill to export flour. According to local legend, George Washington posted a guard at the … (4 comments)

delaware historic homes: Yuletide at Winterthur Opens - 12/03/18 02:58 PM
Yuletide at Winterthur Museum north of Wilmington, Delaware, opened last week. It is a guided tour and you are grouped with about 10 people (the max for the tiny old elevator).
Before entering the exhibit, there is a dollhouse and Christmas tree with needlepoint ornaments, all designed by Nancy McDaniel. I especially liked the grouping of Santas she had made.
There is a little more emphasis on table settings, in keeping with the theme of the Dining by Design exhibit in the galleries. The tables were grand, starting with the duPont dining room table. It was centered with topiaries and each place … (1 comments)

delaware historic homes: 10 Tips for restoring or rehabilitating an historic home - 04/03/18 07:30 PM
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has come up with some helpful definitions of the choices you can make when working on an historic home.
1. Identify the factors that will shape your decision. Deciding whether to restore or rehabilitate your house, and to what extent, involves understanding its history; its architecture; and the present condition of its materials, finishes, and systems. You should also consider your household’s lifestyle and what personal needs the finished house must accommodate. More broadly, local historic district designations, local building codes, property insurance, and other regulatory or financial considerations will impact the path you take.
2. Review … (2 comments)

delaware historic homes: A Rainy Day--But the Koi don't care! - 03/02/18 10:12 AM
I usually don't go walking at Winterthur in the rain, but it was an on and off kind of drizzle yesterday on March 1, as the gardens opened for the first time this year.
There are some nice grades on the walking paths, just the ticket for someone who is trying to get back in shape from a rainy, snowy winter. The winter hazels were blooming next to the visitor center.
Down the walking path, there were winter aconites (yellow), snowdrops (white) and crocuses (purple).
Out in the meadow there were pieces of machinery carving out mown pathways leading to what is going to … (3 comments)

delaware historic homes: 4 Don't Miss Historic Homes in Delaware - 02/24/18 05:52 PM
Built between 1801 and 1804, this home belonged to the son of George Read I, signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Containing 22 rooms, it reflects both the symmetry of the Georgian style and the attenuation of the Federal style as it came into popularity. Noted for its fine millwork with "punch and gouge" detailing and mantels with classical composition details by Robert Wellford of Philadelphia. Located facing the Delaware River in the colonial Capital of New Castle, it is owned by the Delaware Historical Society and operated as a house museum open April … (3 comments)

delaware historic homes: Let's Celebrate Delaware Day! - 12/06/17 07:23 PM
Since 1933, the governors of Delaware have proclaimed December 7 as Delaware Day in honor of that day in 1787, when Delaware became the first state to ratify the Federal Constitution, thus making Delaware the first state in the New Nation.
The Delaware signers of the Constitution were:
George Read (1733-1798)                    
Gunning Bedford, Jr. (1747-1812)
John Dickinson (1732-1808)
Richard Bassett ( 1745-1815)
Jacob Broom (1752-1810)
Thanks to the efforts of a wise Delaware educator and legislator, Mr. E. Paul Burkholder along with the Rotary Club of Georgetown, a statewide effort was made in 1933 to have December 7 established as Delaware Day. He and this Rotary Club … (1 comments)

delaware historic homes: 10 Things to Know Before You Sell an Historic Home - 11/01/17 07:09 PM
The world and the world of Real Estate have changed since I got into selling historic homes almost 30 years ago, so what follows is a review of points to remember before you list or sell an historic home in today's market.
1. Don't worry if it does not have a glitzy interior but retains original features such as marble mantles.
2. Don't worry if it's not "open plan" but worry if so many interior walls have been removed that the house has lost its original character.
3. Worry if you have removed all the original millwork.
4. Worry if you have made the fireplaces … (7 comments)

delaware historic homes: October 2017 Historic Home E-Newsletter - 10/01/17 05:15 PM
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 … (0 comments)

delaware historic homes: Top Notch Location for Historic Stone Home - 08/22/17 11:23 AM
If you asked a local where the top residential location in the Wilmington, Delaware area was, you would learn about Greenville. There are many fine homes here, ranging from the historic to the large newly constructed homes.
Today we are going to tell you about the James Armor House, one of the historic homes which began in the early 19th C as a toll keeper's home on the Lancaster Turnpike. This small stone home on the National Historic Register was expanded twice, in the mid 19th C and again in the early 20th C.
The home, however did retain almost 2 1/2 … (4 comments)

delaware historic homes: Gingerbread Family News - 12/12/16 01:09 PM
Trulia has rated the best towns for a Gingerbread Family to live to celebrate National Gingerbread day, December 12. They are all in California, Hawaii, Arizona and Florida.
Also listed were the worst places for this mythical family to live, including Newark, Delaware (OUCH!) I don't understand all those warm weather places winning--frosting melts!! (Photo Parade Magazine)
Looking for an older or historic home in Delaware or Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania? Contact Carolyn Roland, Your Older and Historic Homes Resource.

delaware historic homes: October 2016 Historic Homes Newsletter - 09/28/16 10:41 AM
E Newsletter--October 2016 (Apologies for any font irregularities caused by technical problems)
Pennsylvania Events : The Chester County Historical Society and Greystone Manor present talks by Catherine Quillman and Tara Wink
October 4, 2016 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at  Greystone Hall (1034 Phoenixville Pike., West Chester) on West Chester history.
Cost: $30 For more information and reservations, or 610-692-4800
Preservation50: Celebrating the Past, Planning the Future
Will be presented by  Preservation Pennsylvania on October 14, 2016 : 11:30AM to 2:30PM at The Yorktowne Hotel (48 Market Street, York)
For more information, click on link.
One of the big events of the year (IMHO) in Pennsylvania will … (2 comments)

delaware historic homes: Delaware's Own Chinese Festival Coming to Hockessin - 08/10/16 06:10 AM
I always look forward to the Chinese Festival in Hockessin, Delaware. It is appearing late on the summer calendar, because apparently they had construction going on earlier. 
I am sure it will be a great event--I have been going for at least 10 years, dating back to pre-air conditioning in this re-purposed school. It has been quite a few years since the Chinese American Community Center cooled off, and hopefully the singers, dancers, instrumentalists, yo-yo and martial arts performers will be at their best. The costumes are always beautiful and the small children doing folk dances are amazing.
Out in the … (2 comments)

delaware historic homes: Claymont DE--Many Jewels Seen in Its Historic Buildings - 10/13/15 06:21 AM
A recent visit to Claymont, Delaware for their annual tour turned out to be a little architectural history feast. One building I have always wanted to know more about was the Grubb-Worth Mansion. It stands behind a stone wall on Philadelphia Pike, also known as Route 13 and once called The King’s Highway. This 1783 stone home is now owned by the Holy Rosary Parish and the interior has had many changes to suit the needs of owners through the years. But the key to a building such as this is the basement, and I was lucky enough to have the … (0 comments)

delaware historic homes: September Historic Homes Newsletter - 09/02/13 05:39 AM
The “Wharf Dance,” an annual event in Old New Castle, is scheduled for  7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, September 7, at the end of Delaware Street and the River. Pack a picnic basket and be prepared to dance the night away under the stars. There will be music and a cash bar, all to benefit the New Castle Senior Center and the New Castle Historical Society. For tickets and reservations, click link or call 302-322-2794. As a personal note, after Hurricane Sandy destroyed the pier on the waterfront, I took this picture, but the wharf is still there!! Rockwood Museum … (0 comments)

delaware historic homes: Holiday Parties Shown at Winterthur Museum - 12/19/12 03:53 AM
I promised you more pictures from the Yuletide at Winterthur tour, and here they are. The first picture is of a party inspired by the Hudson River Valley tales of Washington Irving. The staff has changed the look of this room and added an early court cupboard from the early period rooms at the museum.  
A room that formerly held New York furniture features a table set à la Russe. Service à la russe (French, "service in the Russian style") is a manner of dining that involves courses being brought to the table sequentially. It contrasts with service à la … (6 comments)

delaware historic homes: The December Historic Homes E Newsletter - 11/29/12 12:06 PM
December 2012 Historic Homes E Newsletter The Historic Odessa Foundation presents its 2012 Holiday Tours, A Story of Old Christmas Nov. 14 to Dec. 30, 2012. At all of the Historic Odessa Foundation’s properties, • Candlelight Tours, every Friday in December — experience a special candlelight tour of the holiday exhibit.   Festive Foods/Hearth Cooking Demonstration, Dec. 8 and 15. • Lecture, Dec. 9, 1 to 2:30 p.m. – The View from Sunnyside: A Sketch of Washington Irving, presented by Michael A. Lord, Amherst College. • Storybook Trees Exhibit, a festive display of Christmas trees  reflecting storybooks.For information on the Historic Odessa … (0 comments)

delaware historic homes: Art Pops Up in the Strangest Places in Delaware - 08/16/12 07:26 AM
In celebration of the Delaware Art Museum’s 100th anniversary, and in conjunction with 100 Works for 100 Years—a Museum-wide installation featuring one or more works from each year of the Museum’s existence—the Delaware Art Museum is thrilled to present its very first pop-up art exhibition! The exhibition, titled Art is Everywhere, will be on view statewide from July 17 through early October, 2012. Gorgeous reproductions of some of the Museum’s most treasured paintings, such as Howard Pyle’s The Mermaid, Winslow Homer’s Milking Time, and Edward Hopper’s Summertime, will be on view in 15 communities throughout the state.             … (5 comments)

delaware historic homes: Contractor Transforms Livery Stable in Forty Acres - 01/30/10 02:52 PM
These are before and after photos of the office of J & S. Contractors on Williamson Street in the Forty Acres neighborhood of Wilmington, Delaware. Built around 1895 as a livery stable to serve the workers in the nearby row houses and single family homes, it had been used by a plumbing supply company prior to present owner, John W. Piazza renovating it as an office, workshop and storage for his business.

In the next 2 pictures, you can see what has become of the cupola on top of this Forty Acres unique building--what originally was louvered, now … (2 comments)

delaware historic homes: Wilmington Delaware's History Museum - 01/19/10 08:50 AM
If you are looking for an update on the history of Wilmington Delaware, and how to do research at the Delaware Historical Society, there is a great series of videos put out by the City of Wilmington. This one talks about the beginnings of the City of Wilmington and brings it up to date as far as general historical information.

 Hope you find this entertaining and are curious about matters concerning Delaware History and historic homes in Delaware and the surrounding area presented by Your Historic Homes Resource, Carolyn Roland

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