Old New Castle will host the Privateer tall ship Lynx Oct. 2-8. You can wrap into this event with a visit to the River Towns Ride and Festival on Oct. 5 from noon- 5 PM on Delaware Street in New Castle. The bike ride from New Castle to Delaware City starts at 11 AM and a free shuttle bus between towns will be running. Live music, rides, attractions, games, vendors will be waiting for you.
Saturday, Oct. 26 you can celebrate William Penn Day at the Old Courthouse in New Castle. This day-long series of activities commemorates the 337th anniversary of Penn's disembarkment at New Castle, his first landing in the new world. Check out the day's schedule here.
First Saturday in the First State will again happen on October 5 in Dover from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. There will be kids events at the Biggs Museum. Then you can meet the prominent Dover Ridgely Family through characters and programs throughout the day. Enrico Caruso's music will be featured at the Johnson Victrola Museum all day. You can learn about A Culinary History of Southern Delaware at 10:30 AM at the Delaware Public Archives building Denise Clemons will cover culinary traditions from the time of the Nanticokes to the modern day.
Still have energy after this busy day? Then come up to Old Swedes Historic Site from 5-8 PM October 5 showcasing a new film about the site with family fun, music and food for all ages. Walk the red carpet and help celebrate the 320th anniversary of the building of the church. All inclusive tickets are $25 for adults, $10 children or $45 family of 4. Old Swedes Church is located at 606 N. Church St. Wilmington 19801.
Two interesting programs are coming up at the Hale-Byrnes House in Newark at 606 Stanton-Christiana Road. On Oct. 12 at 7:30 PM, Professor Larrie Ferreiro will speak on "Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France." Program presented by the American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware. Then, on Sunday, October 13 at 3 PM, Jennifer Acord will speak in the This Place Matters Series about the Delaware Natural History Museum. Co-sponsored by Cooch's Bridge DAR. Both programs are $5 and include coffee and dessert.
On October Saturdays you can explore the darkeer side of New Castle History for the only ghost tour that brings you inside of the the most haunted mansions in town. Tours are just over an hour in length and leave from the Arsenal Visitor Center leading you through New Castle's darkened streets and alleyways at 7, 7:30 and 8:30 PM. More information and tickets.
Shakespeare, Poe, and Fiends will be the subject at Old Town Hall on Market Street in Wilmington Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 PM when actors from Delaware Shakespeare perform many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore in dramatic readings. Tickets $18.50 at delshakes.org. Parking info for Wilmington location.
I know I mentioned it last month, but the first Saturday in October is coming up, and the house tour to end all house tours is the 79th Annual Chester County Day House Tour, October 5. It is a race to see all the houses you can between 10 AM and 5 PM; tickets $50, benefits the Women's Auxiliary to Chester County Hospital. This year will be in the southeast quadrant of the County. (Pictured the Anderson House barn from 2018)
Save Saturday, October 19 from noon- 6 PM for a free block party at the Chester County Historical Society. Free admission, free garage parking, beverage, live music, beer garden, food trucks, children't activities, historical reenactors. Why the fuss? Between 12-4 you can vote for the CCHS which is vying for a $50,000 grant for a NEW ROOF for their building! Certainly a good cause! Bring your friends! 225 N. High St., West Chester. And don't forget the free National History Day Open House at CCHS, Oct. 15, 5 PM.
Delaware County PA still has lots of mill-related events in October, including Darby Borough's OcTrolleyFest October 12 from 10:30 AM to 3 PM. Then there are the Mills of Chester at the Hedgerow Theater October 16 at 6:30 PM. The full brochure is available here. There's even a Wine and Waterwheels event at Newlin Mill on October 1- from 6-7 PM. Check the schedule!
A free lecture on the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Featuring Troy Grubb will be presented by the West Caln Historical Society on October 15 at 7 PM. The West Caln Municipal Building is at 721 W. Kings Highway in Wagontown. (Photo taken at PA RR Museum of Broadway Limited car and my railfan son)
Update on Stonum: Last month I told you about my new listing, Stonum, the country home of George Read, Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Since then, it has been featured in DelawareOnline and on Channel 6 evening news. We have had visits from experts from the George Read II House museum, the New Castle Historical Society, and the Center For Historic Architecture and Design (CHAD) at the University of Delaware. The latter have indicated a desire to update the National Register and National Historic Landmark (one of only 14 in Delaware) documentation of the house.
Please let me know if you would like to view this or any other property in Delaware or Southern Chester County and we can talk about setting up an appointment. And if you would like to get an idea of how much you might get for your present home, let me know!
CAROLYN ROLAND, YOUR OLDER AND HISTORIC HOMES RESOURCE IN DELAWARE AND SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA.