Steamin' Days at Auburn Heights, a State Park in Yorklyn Delaware will give visitors a chance to climb into an antique steam auto or board one of the little trains circling the grounds. You can also tour the 1897 mansion which once belonged to the Marshall family, which owned a nearby paper mill. There will be activities for all ages and steam generated popcorn, plus hot dogs and refreshments. Admission fee.
LET FREEDOM RING-created in 1972-begins nationally with the tapping of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia at 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight time. Each year over 100,000 Americans participate in sites that include the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, and the Washington Memorial at Valley Forge.
Northern Delaware’s annual 4th of July bell-ringing ceremony begins with a program at 1:25 p.m. inside Immanuel Church on the Green in Old New Castle. At 2:00 Eastern Daylight Time, beginning with bells in Philadelphia, bells across New Castle and across the Nation will peal, officially commemorating the birth of American Independence.
Also on July 4, the national bell-ringing ceremony will happen in Dover at 2 p.m. at the Old State House, 25 The Green. Join the crowd reading the Declaration of Independence and ringing the Old State House Bell. You can stick around to tour the State House to see "Thunder and Rain" a movie about Caesar Rodney and tour Legislative Hall and learn about the "Laws of Fun."
Then come back on Saturday, July 7 for First Saturday in the First State in Dover. Many of the Fourth's activities will continue, plus you can tour Woodburn, the Governor's House.
The Hale-Byrnes House in Stanton announces a weekend of talks on history. On Saturday, July 14 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. the American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware will present "Archaeology and Preservation of Battlefields of the American Revolution"
with Wade Catts. Then, on Sunday July 15 from 3-5 p.m. the This Place Matters Series will present "Coffee," with Marcos Salaverria. Co-sponsored by Cooch's Bridge DAR.
Well-behaved children always welcomed. $5 at the door includes coffee & dessert.
On Monday, July 16 Stoney's Pub in North Wilmington will host a talk postponed from last month. Architectural Historian Jane Dorchester will talk about serpentine rock and its role in local buildings. Come early for a pub dinner and stay for the talk at 7 p.m. The Summer Preservation Series is a continuation of the Science Cafe at Stoney's holds the rest of the year.
A program about the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouses will be presented Saturday, July 28 from 1-3 p.m. at the Bowers Beach Maritime Museum near Dover.·
The 1850's Rockwood Mansion in Wilmington is open free the first Sunday of every month and also open Weds.-Sat. They are proud to announce that they now know what the strange cave on the property is. It's the remains of a gas house, used to produce electricity for the mansion. Restoration of the gas house is being funded by a $7000 grant from the Eastern Brandywine Hundred Coordinating Council to whom we give our grateful thanks!
From July 3-7, the John Dickinson Mansion in Dover will be holding Quill Pen Week. Visit and Celebrate Independence Day all week by learning how to write like a founding father. This drop-in program features instruction in quill pen writing.
A bit of bad news for Kalmar Nyckel fans at the beach. The harbor at Lewes has filled in with silt and the organization is seeking funding to get dredging done by next summer. But you can see the ship in Wilmington through July 5 at the Riverfront. It will also be in Historic Old New Castle in late August after stints in Provincetown on Cape Cod in Massachusetts and Kingston, NY along the Hudson River. Check out their complete schedule.
The Benjamin Franklin Museum will welcome a talk by author Susan Holloway Scott who wrote the historical novel, "I, Eliza Hamilton," on Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m. at the museum. The museum is located in Franklin Court. Entrance to the courtyard is from Market or Chestnut Streets, between 3rd and 4th Streets. Ticket information for Hamilton talk here.
Hopewell Furnace at 2 Mark Bird Lane in Elverson, PA is holding an Independence Day Commemoration on July 4 from 2-3 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket and join us on the hill in front of the Ironmaster's House and listen to music and the reading of the Declaration of Independence and other historic documents important to the founding of our country.
The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions is holding their biennial Forum in Des Moines, Iowa from July 18-22. There will be educational sessions, panels, workshops, tours, and 5 days of networking for commission staff and volunteers representing local, state and national organizations. See website for details.
The Chadds Ford Historical Society is continuting its popular Escape Brandywine escape room experience set inside the historic John Chads House along the site of the Battle of the Brandywine on Saturdays in July at 11, 1 and 3 p.m. Reservations here.
As part of its current exhibit, the Many Nations of Chester County, the Chester County Historical Society will hold a book discussion on "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration," by Isabel Wilkerson on Thursday, July 12 at 10 a.m. at the Society at 225 N. High St. in West Chester.