"Whodunnit, A Murder Mystery," is happening at the Old State House on The Green in Dover on Saturday, August 5, 1p.m. – 2p.m. and 3 p.m.-4 p.m. This interactive theatrical asks the audience to help Dr. James Sykes solve an 18th centuy murder.Free, but space is limited. Reserve your spot by calling 302-744-5054. If you get there early, take the opportunity to tour Woodburn (right), the Governor's Mansion from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. It's all part of First Saturday in the First State.
On Saturday, August 19, from 1-3 p.m., the Delaware Historical Society in Wilmington is offering a celebration of the annual August Quarterly. Young visitors (ages 5—12) and their families will enjoy a storytime about the life of Peter Spencer, explore some of the traditions of the independent black church, and decorate their own church fans. The August Quarterly, is the oldest continuously celebrated African American festival in the United States. Events will be at Mitchell Center for African American Heritage the latest addition to the Historical Society complex at 504 N. Market St.
You know it's coming--the August 21 total eclipse of the sun, to be seen partially in Delaware. Show up at Fox Point State Park on the Delaware River on Hay Road in Wilmington. From 1-2 p.m. a Park Naturalist will provide viewing glasses, bring your own chair and beverage. Pre-register by August 18, no fee. Call 302-761-6963.
Did you ever wonder if anyone has pondered if a Chief Justice can love God? Come to the Hale-Byrnes House in Stanton and hear author Phil Webster speak on "John Jay: Can a Chief Justice Love God?" Co-sponsored by the Delaware Huguenot Society. $5 at the door includes coffee and dessert.
On Saturday, August 19, at the Auburn Heights Preserve you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the estate home. Mansion tours are at 1 and 3 p.m. and the Marshall Steam Museum Tour is at 2 p.m. Fee.
The Lewes Historical Society is celebrating the 54th Anniversary of its Outdoor Antiques Show on August 5, 2017, at The Lewes Historical Society Campus at 110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, Delaware. The show begins at 9:00am and lasts until 4:00pm. General admission is $5.00 to be paid at the gate, and children under 12 are free. The proceeds benefit the Society and are used in educational and preservation programming.
Chester County's Town Tours and Village Walks continue in August as follows:
(All tours begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays) On August 3, meet at the East Pikeland Township building, 1158 Rapps Dam Road, Phoenixville to learn about the gunpowder mill and gun factory built to supply General Washington's army and the broader American cause.
On August 10, meet at Monument and Wayne Avenues in Malvern to learn about the Paoli Massacre, where the British troops staged a midnight raid on Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne's Pennsylvania Line.
On August 17, meet at the Warwick County Park, Pavilion 3, 191 County Park Rd. in Pottstown. A self-guided tour map will be available, plus show up at 5:30 for an introductory talk on the region and its role in the Revolution. Reservations required for the talk 610-344-6923.
August 24 tours will meet at the Washington Memorial Chapel on Rt. 23 in Valley Forge National Historical Park for a free shuttle to Washington's Headquarters . This could be considered the "Pentagon" of its time and a re-enactor from Mount Vernon will be there!
Circle the date: This year is the 240th anniversary of the largest land battle of the American Revolution, Brandywine. September 16 and 17, On Hallowed Ground will be packed with events, so come early, stay late. There will be re-enactors, cannon fire, music, food and drink. Check the schedule of events in Birmingham Twp.
Wondering how to join a group of Delawareans worried about the continuing demolition of historic properties, many on the National Register? Let me know your name and email address and I can put you on a notification list of upcoming meetings to discuss possible courses of action.
Looking for an historic property or interested in transitioning your historic property to a new owner in Delaware or Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania? Contact me, Carolyn Roland, Your Older and Historic Homes Resource.