May 2019 Historic Homes E-Newsletter

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Parson ThorneThe Antiques Market at Silver Hill in historic Milford on Saturday, May 4 from 9 am to 3 pm on the lawn of the Parson Thorne Mansion 501 NW Front St.  Dealers from Delaware and Maryland are selling antiques, vintage and collectibles!  The Milford Garden Club will hold their annual plant sale at the May market. For more information: email parsonthorne@gmail.comAdmission is $1 for adults and includes a guided tour of the Parson Thorne Mansion.

The 86th Annual Dover Days Festival, one of Delaware’schanty singer largest and longest-running free events, is Saturday, May 4 from 9:30-3 p.m.  This is easily the biggest parade in Kent County, with Delaware’s Governor serving as Grand Marshal. Included are traditional maypole dancing, games, a moon bounce village, craft and food vendors, music, a colonial artisans’ village, and historic re-enactment groups from the Revolutionary War, WWII, and the Civil War.  Dover Days was placed among the Top 100 USA Events by the American Bus Association.


Old LibraryThe New Castle Historical Society is pleased to announce their 2019 Annual Exhibit, The Italian Immigrant Experience in New Castle and the official re-opening of the Old Library! Be the first to see this new exhibit on Saturday, May 4 at 6 p.m., starting in The Arsenal. Raise a glass to celebrate, enjoy delicious food and good friends, all while getting an exclusive first look at this community-led effort. Register Now!  Tickets are $20/person ($18/person for NCHS members) and include refreshments at The Arsenal and admission to the Old Library to see the exhibit. Tickets are limited, so please reserve yours today. 
Monday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. the Delaware Mineralogical Society presents at talk at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike in Wilmington on Kaolin Clay Mining on White Clay Creek.  Free to public, questions 302-658-9111.
Come experience the Read House & Gardens during Day in Old New Castle, America’s oldest home and garden tour. This special tradition stretchesMeerwald back 95 years with tours of private homes, public buildings, and gardens, plus a full slate of activities for the whole family in New Castle, Delaware. The A.J. Meerwald, New Jersey’s state ship, is even making a special appearance at the Battery Park pier.  Select rooms of the Read House and the garden will be open to stroll, and games of croquet will take place on the lawn throughout the day. Included with price of admission to the Day in Old New Castle event ($25 per adult over 16; $5.00 per child under 16).Tickets, which include a visit to the Read House, may be purchased in advance or on the day of the event.For more information, ticket prices, directions and activities, visit Day in New Old Castle, call (302) 322-5774, or email


A Spring Garden Party will be held on Wednesday, May 22, from 4-7 p.m. Rain Date: Goodstay IrisThursday, May 23 at Goodstay Gardens,  2700 Pennsylvania Ave. in Wilmington. (Near the intersection of Rt 52 and Greenhill Ave.) Cost: Free (please register for planning purposes). This is a Family-friendly event with live music, educational displays, light fare, including UDairy ice cream and an excellent heirloom peony display. Friends of Goodstay Gardens invites the public to experience one of Delaware's oldest historic gardens tucked away at the edge of Wilmington's city limits on the UD Wilmington Campus.  At 5:30 we will pay tribute to philanthropist Helen Eliason, the longtime champion of the garden, who passed away in 2017. 


New Castle County residents interested in seeing preservation legislation with some teeth are invited to a meeting of a new preservation working group which is forming. Please come to a meeting Monday, May 20 from 4-6 p.m. at the Rockwood Park Carriage House (4671 Washington St. Extension) hosted by County Council members Dee Durham and John Cartier.  Please RSVP to 302-395-8362 if you are interested in attending or being on the email list.


The Hale-Byrnes House invites you to two May lectures: Saturday May 11 from HaleByrnes 20197:30-9:30 p.m. the American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware sponsors "Daniel Morgan and the Battle of Cowpens" with author Jim Stempel.  On Sunday, May 12 from 3-5 p.m. the This Place Matters Series presents "The Hockessin Colored School" with Professor David Wilk. Well-behaved children welcome, $5 includes coffee and dessert. The Hale-Byrnes House is off Exit 4B of I-95. Take Route 7 North and turn right immediately after the Morgan-Christiana Bank Center. The street address is 606 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, Delaware 19713.




Wednesday, May 22, from 5-7 p.m. the Chester County Historical Society will host an opening for 2 new exhibits, The Art of Industry featuring theHorticultural hall traveling photograph exhibit "I Am Coatesville Steel", and "Nothing to See Here, Prohibition in Chester County"  on the 100th anniversary of the 18th amendment. The exhibit includes materials from the CCHS library, Chester County Archives and several loans from the community. Enjoy appetizers, libations, and refreshments as you learn more about Chester County's unique history. Members $12, non-Members $15.


grand hallThe Kennett Twp. Historical Commission announces their annual program at 7 p.m. on May 16 with Colvin Randall, Longwood Gardens historian speaking on Longwood's 100+ years of Garden Splendor. Location is the Township Building,  801 Burrows Run Rd. There will be refreshments and a Q & A period after the talk. 


The Sadbury Twp. Historical Society will present a program Sadsbury barnon "The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania"  on Monday, May 6, 7 p.m. at the Township Building, 2920 Lincoln Hwy., Sadsburyville. Doors open 6:45, for info call 717-442-9240. 


The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum at 50 S. 1st Avenue in Coatesville, Pennsylvania will present an event honoring the 13th Annual Rebecca Lukens Award winner, preservationist Sandra Momyer on May 15 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Museum. Cost is $50 per person.


UAME church"19th Century Delaware Law for African Americans"  will be the subject of a talk at the Kennett Underground Railroad Center featuring Robin Krawitz on May 18, from 2-4 p.m. The free event will be held at the New Garden UAME Church (309 E. Linden St., Kennett Square). To register click here.



We are excited about some upcoming historic properties which will soon be coming on the market in New Castle and Glasgow, Delaware. Watch my Facebook Page.   Carolyn Roland, Your Older and Historic Homes Resource for Delaware and Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. 





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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA - I really enjoyed reading your blog post. Delaware is rich in history and you showcase and illustrate that clearly! I have never been to Delaware but after reading your post, it would be something of interest to me. I'll bet there are some fine antiques to discover and many interesting people too! There's is something special about community heritage and preservation of local history. 


May 08, 2019 08:05 AM #1
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Carolyn, I love antiques I wish I had a bigger home and more money to spend because I could fill it up with antiques just like  Getty:)))...Endre

May 11, 2019 10:32 PM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I need to be more alert for the events. We would have tried to attend the Dover Days event. 

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