The Never-Ending Boom

Middletown continues to grow like there’s no tomorrow. Watch carefully: It could become the model for a small town near you.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Middletown Mayor Ken Branner has taken pride in keeping
taxes down over 20 years of unprecedented growth, due
largely to accommodations made by developers, who help
pay for municipal improvements.

Photograph by Pat Crowe II

Former insurance commissioner David Levinson remembers his hometown, Middletown, as a place where people didn’t lock their doors or cars and the crime rate was one a year. When his father was mayor in the 1930s, the town of 1,500 was hailed as a model. In the midst of the Great Depression, it had lights, sewers, paved streets, trash collection, public schools, police and low taxes.

Now southern New Castle County is home to thousands who commute to New York, Washington, D.C., and points between. The Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area is projected to exceed 48,000 residents by 2025 and 96,000 by 2030.

It’s a trend repeated in small towns across the state. Attracted by low taxes and inexpensive housing, people are sinking roots near places like Smyrna and Bridgeville, which, not long ago, were mere dots on the map. State planning office director Constance Holland says growth is not haphazard. Most has been in targeted areas so “that small towns don’t lose their character” in the rush to suburbanize.

Middletown is such a place. MOT’s largest municipality, it has grown by more than 66 percent since the 2000 census. Its footprint has grown almost tenfold in the past 20 years, and its budget has expanded from $2.9 million in 1989 to $33 million this year.

Growth has been a fact in Middletown since Colonial times, when it consisted of a lone tavern at the crossroads halfway between Odessa and Maryland’s Bohemia River. When the town incorporated with 368 residents in 1861, it measured a mile square, making it the “Diamond Town in the Diamond State.”

By 1962 it had lost its diamond shape with the annexation of a housing development, and its population had grown to 2,200. Downtown thrived. A sign on U.S. 301 west of town proclaimed “Middletown—Hub of the East,” but the telephone exchange Frontier hinted otherwise. As late as 1980, the first glimpse of Middletown’s eastern edge from the road was the high school ag teacher’s cows grazing a mile from the center square.

Students still take ag classes and belong to 4-H. Yet nowhere is growth more telling than in school statistics. The Appoquinimink district has opened five new buildings in the past decade, and it is poised to add eight more over the next seven years. The system is now the area’s largest employer.

As mayor for 20 years, Kenneth Branner Jr. has promoted annexation in order to regulate growth. “If you want to control your own destiny, you have to do it, or you’re at the whim of other people,” he says.

But growth is expensive, demanding new schools, roads, libraries, sewers and other infrastructure, which creates a tug of war among residents over cost and quality of life.  Over the past year, the town has had to grapple with some big-city issues. It established a police force, built an upgraded communications tower for emergency responders, expanded town council and instituted a taxpayer-accountable community grant program in place of interest-free employee loans.

Branner is proud that on his watch, town taxes came down and stayed down. That’s partly because developers pay impact fees to cover sewer and water connection and provide lights and roads as a condition for annexation and approval of their projects. They are also required to donate land for schools and parks.

But taxpayers district-wide have to pay for schools. Chuck Mulholland, who lives outside Middletown, has watched his taxes double over the past 10 years. Past president of the Appoquinimink school board and current president of the Southern New Castle County Alliance citizen watchdog group, he says newer residents, accustomed to higher taxes elsewhere, don’t notice. But “the longer they are here, the more they realize that what we had is being taken away.”

The last school referendum passed, but with no industry to share the tax burden, voters had little choice but to dig deep for needed improvements. Residents outside the town’s boundaries complain they are penalized by Middletown’s low taxes. Topping the list of concerns Mulholland and others raise at public meetings are traffic, environmental degradation, loss of farmland and the place’s changing character.

When Wal-Mart wanted to build a superstore, some residents balked. Town council approved the plan, then realized it violated zoning. A new location was found, and despite lawsuits over a zoning change, potential traffic problems and excessive paving of a water recharge area, Wal-Mart won. It joins a parade of auto dealerships and other development that is replacing farmland on the U.S. 301 commercial corridor that bisects the west side of town.

“The biggest joke in town was that you couldn’t buy a pair of socks in Middletown,” says Scott Lawrence, a fourth-generation resident and former editor of The Middletown Transcript. “But I think the older residents would rather drive the half hour to Dover or Wilmington.”

The Wal-Mart superstore is part of the Westown development area of homes, businesses, a golf course, a school and spray fields for wastewater. The spray fields form part of the town’s greenbelt, a key in Branner’s plan to create a border between the town and county sprawl.

Townsend has also grown through annexation, but less aggressively. Odessa has maintained its boundaries for years, in part because it lies near sensitive marshlands, some of which are preserved, along with farmland. Yet neither Odessa nor Townsend is immune to sprawl, traffic, high taxes or the risk of dropping well water levels due to overdevelopment.

Michael McGrath, manager of Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation, jokingly told Branner that if any more land were annexed, the town would have a Maryland ZIP code. The MOT area has the best farmable soil “in the world,” he says. “The conundrum of the farmers is that they love the land, but they are always confronted with financial reality. I don’t blame developers. They do what we let them do.”

Arguably the largest single landowner outside of town is holding on to its 2,000-plus acres. Saint Andrew’s School was founded on 360 acres of farmland in 1929 by A. Felix du Pont precisely because of its isolated setting. Over the years, the school, on Noxontown Pond, purchased nearly all the adjacent waterfront properties. Surrounded by woods and fields, it is an oasis in an otherwise suburban landscape and the southeastern corner of the town greenbelt. A letter to the editor of the local paper expressed the feelings of many toward the school: “Thank heaven Saint Andrew’s owns land here.”

While the limits of Middletown expand, the town has poured money into the downtown district to make it an attractive destination for local folks. The town has buried utilities, planted trees and spruced up the original crossroads, Cochran Square, with brick pavement and benches around the veterans’ monument. Main Street has been narrowed to discourage through traffic, and big rigs are outlawed.

Older businesses such as Buckworth’s Hardware, Hatton jeweler and Immediato’s Subs and Steaks give Main Street an air of familiarity. The Everett, a 1920s movie theater, shows first-run films once a month. In the former auto parts store next door is The Gibby Center, a community arts center and gallery, and around the corner is The Academy, an 1824 school the Middletown Historical Society is making into a museum.

Main Street Middletown, Inc., a non-profit revitalization group, helps businesses improve their looks and marketing skills and courts new businesses. In the summer it organizes art loops to encourage families to wander downtown and visit the galleries. Director Lorraine Dion says that when residents come home, “they don’t want to drive back to Wilmington. They want entertainment, to see the arts. They want to have a meal at a restaurant.” Main Street is making those things possible.

“We know we’ll never be a little farm town again,” says Helen Alford, president of the historical society. For better or worse, that’s true.

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Website »

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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

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Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Arts
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

Visions of holidays of old will delight and inspire you at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with admission.

Cost: Members Free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
View map »


Telephone: 302.888.4600
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807-0630
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season during the Philadelphia region's most unique holiday tradition under the sea, Christmas Celebration featuring Scuba Santa® at Adventure Aquarium. Starting...

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

Families can explore Hagley’s 235-acre site with a backpack of holiday activities. Kids can do a scavenger hunt through the property, make a calling card, and decorate a historic parlor on a...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

The Belin House Organic Café will serve an à la carte brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays, November 29, 2014, through January 4, 2015. The special holiday brunch menu is a la carte and features...

Cost: menu price

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

Beebe Healthcare offers free glucose screenings every Wednesday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the following lab locations: Beebe Healthcare Medical Center, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes,...

Cost: free

Where:
, DE

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

More information

Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

Where:
Winterthur Museum
, DE


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

Wait till you get a load of this joint—you won’t believe your eyes. Twinkling lights (only, say, half a million of them), thousands of poinsettias, trees galore, lit fountains and...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348, PA
View map »


Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

 Holiday displays include an extensive O-gauge model railroad, a Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
US Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

The largest snake ever found was unearthed from Colombia’s Cerrejón coal mine. But you can check out the big guy, straight from the Paleocene, at the Delaware Museum of Natural...

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

If you’re a fan of artistic curiosities, we’ve got the show for you. Photographer Bruce Katsiff collects the remains of birds and mammals—skulls, skeletons, bones, and...

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

We’re not sure what’s cooler: that classically trained portrait painter Emile Klein biked across the country, or that he traded room and board along the way for paintings of the kind...

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Visions of holidays of old will delight and inspire you at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with admission.

Cost: Members Free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
View map »


Telephone: 302.888.4600
Website »

More information

Start the New Year with an invigorating 1 ½ hour hike at Alapocas Run State Park.  Join our naturalist and photographer Lynn McDowell as they hike though our park’s winter landscape.  Please...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807-0630
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season during the Philadelphia region's most unique holiday tradition under the sea, Christmas Celebration featuring Scuba Santa® at Adventure Aquarium. Starting...

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

Families can explore Hagley’s 235-acre site with a backpack of holiday activities. Kids can do a scavenger hunt through the property, make a calling card, and decorate a historic parlor on a...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

The Belin House Organic Café will serve an à la carte brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays, November 29, 2014, through January 4, 2015. The special holiday brunch menu is a la carte and features...

Cost: menu price

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

Join us for this noontime lunch series on the first Friday of every month. Art is Tasty pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson...

Cost: $12 Members, $14 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

The insanity steps off at 1 p.m. at Cochran and Cass streets in Middletown. This Mummers-inspired parade spoofs local and national media and political issues. 

Where:
Cochran and Cass streets in Middletown
, DE


Telephone: 302-218-8588

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

More information

Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of anything but this exhibit at Winterthur. So grab...

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Del. 52
Winterthur, DE
View map »


Telephone: 888-4600
Website »

More information

If you’re a fan of artistic curiosities, we’ve got the show for you. Photographer Bruce Katsiff collects the remains of birds and mammals—skulls, skeletons, bones, and...

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

We’re not sure what’s cooler: that classically trained portrait painter Emile Klein biked across the country, or that he traded room and board along the way for paintings of the kind...

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

 Holiday displays include an extensive O-gauge model railroad, a Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
US Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

Wait till you get a load of this joint—you won’t believe your eyes. Twinkling lights (only, say, half a million of them), thousands of poinsettias, trees galore, lit fountains and...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348, PA
View map »


Website »

More information

The largest snake ever found was unearthed from Colombia’s Cerrejón coal mine. But you can check out the big guy, straight from the Paleocene, at the Delaware Museum of Natural...

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807-0630
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Families can explore Hagley’s 235-acre site with a backpack of holiday activities. Kids can do a scavenger hunt through the property, make a calling card, and decorate a historic parlor on a...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

Visions of holidays of old will delight and inspire you at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with admission.

Cost: Members Free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
View map »


Telephone: 302.888.4600
Website »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

The Belin House Organic Café will serve an à la carte brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays, November 29, 2014, through January 4, 2015. The special holiday brunch menu is a la carte and features...

Cost: menu price

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

More information

Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

Covered Bridge is a musical partnership inspired by the first American folk music unique to the United States that arising from the passions of the Civil War. Friends of Folk is a non-profit...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
The Old State House
25 The Green
Dover, DE  19901
View map »


Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
Website »

More information

 Holiday displays include an extensive O-gauge model railroad, a Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
US Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

We’re not sure what’s cooler: that classically trained portrait painter Emile Klein biked across the country, or that he traded room and board along the way for paintings of the kind...

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

If you’re a fan of artistic curiosities, we’ve got the show for you. Photographer Bruce Katsiff collects the remains of birds and mammals—skulls, skeletons, bones, and...

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

The largest snake ever found was unearthed from Colombia’s Cerrejón coal mine. But you can check out the big guy, straight from the Paleocene, at the Delaware Museum of Natural...

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

Wait till you get a load of this joint—you won’t believe your eyes. Twinkling lights (only, say, half a million of them), thousands of poinsettias, trees galore, lit fountains and...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348, PA
View map »


Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Families can explore Hagley’s 235-acre site with a backpack of holiday activities. Kids can do a scavenger hunt through the property, make a calling card, and decorate a historic parlor on a...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

Visions of holidays of old will delight and inspire you at our annual Yuletide tour and celebration. Members free. Included with admission.

Cost: Members Free. Included with admission.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19735
View map »


Telephone: 302.888.4600
Website »

More information

The 1803 du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, will feature holiday decorations and interpretation on the French traditions of exchanging gifts on New Year’s Day and the celebration...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807-0630
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

The Belin House Organic Café will serve an à la carte brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays, November 29, 2014, through January 4, 2015. The special holiday brunch menu is a la carte and features...

Cost: menu price

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

The Belin House Organic Café will serve an à la carte brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays, November 29, 2014, through January 4, 2015. The special holiday brunch menu is a la carte and features...

Cost: menu price

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

More information

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and CAMP Rehoboth are co-sponsoring a screening of the comedy “BFFs” at 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 3, 2015 in the upstairs screening room at the Movies at...

Cost: $7.00

Where:
Movies at Midway
Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE
View map »


Sponsor: Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Telephone: 302-645-9095
Contact Name: Jeri Kaplan
Website »

More information

Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

We’re not sure what’s cooler: that classically trained portrait painter Emile Klein biked across the country, or that he traded room and board along the way for paintings of the kind...

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Art
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

If you’re a fan of artistic curiosities, we’ve got the show for you. Photographer Bruce Katsiff collects the remains of birds and mammals—skulls, skeletons, bones, and...

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

Wait till you get a load of this joint—you won’t believe your eyes. Twinkling lights (only, say, half a million of them), thousands of poinsettias, trees galore, lit fountains and...

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348, PA
View map »


Website »

More information

The largest snake ever found was unearthed from Colombia’s Cerrejón coal mine. But you can check out the big guy, straight from the Paleocene, at the Delaware Museum of Natural...

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

 Holiday displays include an extensive O-gauge model railroad, a Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at the Brandywine River Museum. 

Where:
Brandywine River Museum of Art
US Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA
View map »


Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Website »

More information

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