The World On A String
The ever-evolving Serafin String Quartet is raising its profile with a new CD release, a London concert and a project with a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. It’s safe to say, the Serafins aren’t fiddling around.
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Renovations of the historic Tweed’s Tavern are complete and a nearby exhibit hall is in the works. Talk about living history.
Tweed’s Tavern was once a place for travelers to get a meal, rest their horses, have their wagon repaired and stay the night. Now it’s a historical rarity.
Relocated to Valley Road in Hockessin about a decade ago, the log tavern has been fully restored, complete with a new kitchen wing, and will soon open to school groups for special tours. The structure offers a way to travel back in time, says Joe Lake, president of the Hockessin Historical Society, which is responsible for the project.
“You will be able to see how people in the 18th century lived and worked, how life was,” he says. The tavern includes a brewery, dining rooms, a large bedroom and kitchen.
Memory of the tavern was almost lost until 1999, when the Delaware Department of Transportation wanted to destroy it to widen Limestone Road. “People forgot about it until it was time to tear it down,” says Brian Woodcock, a director of the Hockessin Historical Society.
Surrounding the tavern is Tweed’s Park, which includes the Hockessin Athletic Center, a parking garage, soccer fields and a boardwalk that winds through marshland and woods. Offering natural scenery, the park is a great place for families to enjoy the outdoors while feeling a sense of the past. “The area looks as you’d see it if you came out of the woods from Pennsylvania in the 1700s,” says Lake.
Plans call for a $1 million history and art museum, called the Exhibit Hall, to be built behind the tavern. The society is raising funds for that project. For more, visit hockessinhistorical.org. —Jillian Harig
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