Lombardy Hall is the colonial home of Gunning Bedford, Jr, one of the Delaware signers of the U.S. Constitution. They will be holding their annual Open House on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 from 1-4 PM. Lombardy Hall is a National Historic Landmark home c 1750 in North Wilmington at 1611 Concord Pike. Lombardy is usually open only by appointment. Located between Independence Mall and Lombardy Cemetery.
Yuletide at Winterthur is now open until January 5 daily from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. Please get reservations in advance which are available only by calling 800-448-3883. I just did the Yuletide tour and can strongly advise getting reservations ahead of time, because it was VERY busy. Their theme this year was bringing back favorites from the past tours. As always lots of tables laden with (fake) food, and trees hung with cookies as they were in early days and the crowd favorite tree decorated (photo) with dried flowers is again a spectacular sight in the conservatory. (Large photo: duPont Dining Room 2019)
On Friday, December 6 from 5-9 PM the Delaware History Museum at 505 N. Market St. in Wilmington will join the Art Loop with a candlelight concert by chamber ensemble Melomanie at 7 PM . Ticket info here. This has got to be one of my all-time favorite chamber groups!
Rockwood Park & Museum invite you to a free event December 6 & 7 from 5-9 PM for their Holiday Open House. Enjoy festive crafts, costumed characters, refreshments, food trucks and FREE photos with Santa! The Holiday Shoppe will be selling gifts for the whole family, with performances by dance, music, and choral groups, tours of the holiday display in the museum, and a light display in the gardens surrounding the Mansion and Carriage House. All ages. Free parking and shuttle from Rockwood Office Park, 500 Carr Road in North Wilmington. Please bring non-perishable food and warm hats, gloves, and scarves for gifts for the less fortunate.
The Delaware Div. of Historical & Cultural Affairs will present the "Delaware Valley Archaeology & History Symposium" on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the New Castle Arsenal at 30 Market Street in Old New Castle. Admission is free and open to the public. It is presented in cooperation with the Archaeological Society of DE and the New Castle Historical Society. It will cover the lower Delaware Valley including new research from Avery's Rest site in Sussex County and the search for Fort Casimir (photo of dig) in Old New Castle. More info at John.W.Martin@delaware.gov or call 302-736-7406.
The Spirit of Christmas will descend upon Old New Castle on Saturday, December 14 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. There will be historic house tours, musical performances, caroling, shopping, all to benefit Friendship House homeless shelters. For this day only, admission to the Dutch and Amstel Houses and the Arsenal will be free (note: if you visit the Amstel House before 1 PM, I will be one of the guides--stop and say hello!) Free historic house tours will also be offered sponsored by the New Castle Presbyterian Church. For more information, call 302-328-3279.
Preservation Delaware announces that its annual meeting will be held December 14 at 1 PM at the Lewes History Museum, 101 Adams Ave. in Lewes DE. The speaker will be James A. Abbott, Director/Curator of the Museum.
At Nemours Estate and Gardens in Wilmington, the holidays will be on full display through December. Step into the beautiful splendor that is the home of Alfred and Jessie Ball duPont, whose generosity established the world-renowned Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Enjoy Christmas trees, wreaths, and hundreds of feet of garland on grand display in the Visitor Center, Chauffeur's Garage, Mansion and grounds. Open 10-5 daily and 12-5 Sunday and open to 7 PM Thursdays. Tickets are available at the Visitor Center (850 Alapocas Drive, Wilmington, DE, 19803). No reservations or advanced purchase needed!
Throughout December, Eleutherian Mills at Hagley Museum in Wilmington will be offering Twilight Tours from 4:30-7 PM on December 11, 12, 18, 19, and 26. The first du Pont family home built in America, will be dressed for the holidays and illuminated with softly glowing lights. Lace, fresh greenery, poinsettias, and dried flower arrangements adorn holiday displays throughout the residence. Timed tickets are filling up quickly--reserve here.
The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum in Coatesville is offering A Historical Christmas Tour in DE and PA on December 6 from 9 AM to 4 PM. It includes guided tours of the Hagley Museum, with access to the duPont company black powder yards, the duPont family home and gardens (Eleutherian Mills, photo) demonstrations in the machine shop and a black powder explosion. They will also visit Chester County's own Primitive Hall, the Pennock ancestral home built in 1738. These places will be decorated for the holidays, including an exhibit on the history of Christmas trees in America. The fee is $75 per person.
Historic Sugartown in Malvern invites you to explore their historic village and hear about Victorian Christmas traditions Saturday, December 14 from 11 AM to 3 PM. Sugar up at Sugartown! Kids will get a chance to decorate cookies and a gingerbread village, and try their hand at making Victorian-style ornaments and Christmas cards. Visit with Santa at the c. 1805 William Garrett House and see demonstrations in the Book Bindery. Shop holiday vendors and local authors, artisans, and more. Holiday treats and hot cocoa! Admission: $8 per person. Children ages 2 & younger admitted free. No registration required. 690 Sugartown Rd., Malvern PA
The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St. in Phoenixville invites you to enjoy classic holiday films. December 13, White Christmas, December 19, 20 & 24, It's a Wonderful Life, all on the big screen. December 20 at 5:30 PM there will be a live-stream performance of The Nutcracker by the Royal Ballet of London. Call 610-917-1228 for details.
On December 19, Valley Forge National Historical Park invites you to a March In of the Continental Army. On December 19, 1777, the Continental Army marched into Valley Forge to begin its winter encampment. That first night is remembered each year with this program. Events include a nighttime encampment at the Muhlenberg Brigade huts (photo), an appearance by General Washington and extended hours in the visitor Center and store. The Park is at 1400 N Outer Line Dr, King of Prussia, PA 19406.
Stonum, the country home of George Read, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, 900 Washington St., New Castle, Delaware is now priced at $434,900. Details of Stonum here.
Coming soon, mid 19thC twin in Delaware City. Stay tuned!
690 Sugartown Road