The 110th Arden Fair in the historic community founded in 1900 as a radical Georgist single-tax community by sculptor Frank Stephens and architect Will Price is Saturday, September 2nd from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Rain Date the next day). And don't forget the beer and brats in the Shady Grove (pictured).
The following weekend, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday the 10th is the Brandywine Festival of the Arts. It is held in historic
Brandywine Park on the Brandywine River in Wilmington, Delaware. Don't forget to visit the Crane rose garden and the Josephine Fountain in the middle of it all. Admission is $5 (children under 12 are free) . Featuring hundreds of juried artists exhibiting one-of-a-kind art, the festival is a Delaware tradition spanning over half a century. Festival boasts participants from across the United States and perennially ranks in the top 100 shows in the country.
First Saturdays in the First State in Dover will offer many talks and tours on Saturday, September 2 including: Digging for old Delaware: archaeology at the John Bell House from 9 to 4:30; guided tours of Legislative Hall (our Capitol building) all day; at the Old State House all day, join the Lenape Tribe of Delaware as they celebrate their culture and mother earth with dancing and demonstrations; tour the Governor's house, Woodburn (picture), from 10-1; and from 10:30-11:30 at the State Archives, my friend Kim Burdick will examine Delaware during the Revolution through letters and writings of colonial Delawareans who lived and recorded the arrival of the British Army and its aftermath. Also take time to visit the Biggs Museum of American Art next to The Green to see an exhibit featuring the art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude (open until October 22).
On Saturday, September 9, join the Pencader Heritage Assn. for a ceremony at 10 a.m. to honor the Continental soldiers lost 240 years ago at the Battle of Cooch's Bridge. The ceremony will be held at the Heritage Assn. at 2029 Sunset Lake Rd., Newark.
Also on September 9, Preservation Delaware invites you to celebrate the Centennial of the Marian Coffin gardens at Gibraltar, the Hugh Rodney Sharp Mansion at 2505 Pennsylvania Ave. in Wilmington.The Garden Party will be two different events in one. The first from 11am to 4pm will be a family friendly affair with lots of things to interest all ages. Then from 7pm to 11pm there will be a more adult affair. (There will be vendors, craft brews will be on sale, live music and more. Ticket prices reflect encouraging people to join PDI. So pick your membership level and that is your ticket price. If you wish to join as an individual your cost is $25, a household $45, the donor level $100, the patron level $250, Cornerstone $1,000, or Keystone at $5,000. You can purchase tickets through paypal online or mail a check to Preservation Delaware, Inc 901 N. Market St. Suite 469 Wilmington, DE 19801. Write "Garden Party" on your memo line.
Tour Wilmington's historic Westminster Presbyterian Church, honor the pastor, and partake of the 13th Street Food Truck Festival on Sunday, September 10- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Hear about how the building started in 1882 and progressed to take up one city block at Pennsylvania and North Rodney Streets. Guided tours at 12 and 1 (with one of the tours led by yours truly, author of the church architectural history book). Games for the kiddies, free admission. A portion of the food truck proceeds benefits Friendship House, a local non-profit that serves individuals and families who are, or are at risk of becoming, homeless. (steeple at far right is Westminster in 1893 - building in photo is Lowber House after which Auburn Hts. is copied)
Join the Delaware Historical Society and the New Castle Historical Society on September 16 from 1-3 p.m. at the Read House Garden (photo) in Old New Castle for the third annual Farm2Fork Festival. Enjoy a family-friendly session in this 19th century garden. This backyard expo will bring together community organizations to explore issues of food access and urban gardens through education and fun with games, activities, and plants for sale. Tour the Read House (c. 1800) kitchen and participate in activities that provide the historical connection to these contemporary food issues. Admission is a food donation that will go to the Food Bank of Delaware* or a suggested monetary donation of $1.25, $5.00, or $7.00.
Another choice for September 16 is the Hale-Byrnes House in Stanton. From 5:30-9:30 p.m., the American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware will celebrate their Annual Lafayette's Birthday Party with a covered dish dinner. Bring your family and a dish to pass. Chuck Schwam, American Friends of Lafayette, will be the speaker. The event is co-sponsored by People-to-People Delaware and L'Alliance Francaise de Wilmington. (picture- event at Hale-Byrnes garden). Also, the next day, Sunday September 17 from 3-5 p.m. for the This Place Matters Series, Jim Tevebaugh, AIA, will speak on Frank Furness and Wilmington's Water Street Station. Co-sponsored by Cooch's Bridge DAR . Well-behaved children always welcomed. $5 at the door includes coffee.
Come to the Iron Hill Museum in Newark, Delaware for the Iron Hill Indigenous Day Celebration, Saturday, September 23 from 12-5 p.m. The museum is at 1355 Old Baltimore Pike. Learn about contemporary and traditional Native American culture, through song, dance, and exhibits. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students. Four years old and under are free. Scouts in uniform free. $2 per person for DAS members.
On September 14 at 7 p.m. the Aston Twp. Historical Society will present Nancy Webster speaking on “Tracing the Retreat Route of the Revolutionary Army” to celebrate 240 year anniversary of Battle of the Brandywine. Aston Township Historical Society will meet at the Aston Community Center 3270 Concord Rd. Aston PA 19014. Confirm at (610) 494-4707.
On September 15, the Morgan Log House in Lansdale, Pennsylvania is hosting their Fifth Annual Tavern Night at 850 Weikel Rd., Lansdale. Expect a night of local brews, food, and history--all to support the historic Morgan Log House! VIP hour will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the regular event will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Historic Sugartown is presenting the 4th Annual Shugart's Sunday BBQ and Blues on September 17 from 2-6 p.m. in Historic Sugartown, 690 Sugartown Rd., Malvern. Cost $40 per adult, $12 per child.
Chadds Ford Days will be held September 9 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and September 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. hosted by the Chadds Ford Historical Society.
Admission will be $10 for adults and under 18 free. Chadds Ford Days is a 2-day festival commemorating the Battle of the Brandywine, which took place on September 11th, 1777. Fun activities for all ages varying from colonial demonstrations and baking, Revolutionary War reenactors, hayrides, antique cars , plus a Makers Marketplace, an outdoor open-air market, featuring 40+ boutique & specialty vendors as well as a Tavern Beer Garden, delicious local food and live music.
And now for the Granddaddy of them all: This year is the 240th anniversary of the largest land battle of the American Revolution: Brandywine. Birmingham Twp. invites you to join them September 16 and 17, 2017 for a spectacular reenactment of the historical event on the actual site of the largest land battle of the American Revolution. That day, 30,000 men fought here in Chadds Ford and West Chester in the Battle of the Brandywine, later seen as the moment that started changing the tide of the war. A complete schedule of events is listed. The event is free, and so is parking, which will be on the field at Birmingham and New Streets in West Chester, Pennsylvania. (picture, Hessian General Knyphausen reenactor) .
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The James Armor House is a National Register property in Greenville, Delaware with sections from the early 19th, mid-nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. It is in a secluded setting on 2.42 acres with subdivision possibilities.
The Chambers Mansion, c. 1894, is in North Wilmington 2 blocks from Bellefonte and its quirky shops and galleries. On 3 floors with 2 Mercer tile fireplaces and a large corner lot.
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