The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is $1 for adults and includes a guided tour of the Parson Thorne Mansion.
The 86th Annual Dover Days Festival, one of Delaware’s 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.
A Spring Garden Party will be held on Wednesday, May 22, from 4-7 p.m. Rain Date: Thursday, 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 7:30-9:30 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 the 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.
The 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 on "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.
"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.