The MacMillans Rehab a Georgian Home Near Odessa

Living History: The MacMillans lovingly rehabbed an 18th-century house near Odessa.



At a Glance

Who The MacMillan family
What Georgian rehabilitation
Where Odessa

 

The land surrounding Fairview, the grand home built by a Revolutionary War officer in 1773, has evolved dramatically over the centuries, from prosperous wheat farm to burgeoning suburbia.

But the house has been a constant, remaining remarkably unchanged, down to the original key in the massive front door.

“Nobody felt the need to rip things out and start over, which is truly wonderful,” says Katie MacMillan.

She and her husband, Col. Douglas Reed MacMillan, have been faithfully bringing back Fairview, steadily working for 18 years. Their 12-year-old daughter, Mary, is growing up there.

“Mary is the one who reminded me that this is a home, not a museum, when I was dashing around getting ready for a group of school children who were coming for a tour,” Katie says.

Reed MacMillan’s fascination with 18th-century architecture began in 1988 during a visit to Williamsburg, Va., where he and Katie celebrated their first wedding anniversary.

Both had grown up in circa 1960 split-level homes. But as they walked the streets of the Colonial city, they were smitten by red brick buildings constructed in the Georgian style, an architectural movement from 1720-1840 that celebrated symmetry. Picture columns flanking a central entry, windows balanced on either side of the door and chimneys positioned on both sides of the house.

“I fell in love with the Georgian style of building,” Reed says. “From then on my goal was to own and live in an 18th-century home.”

 

The MacMillans preserve ties to Fairview’s agricultural history by keeping horses. Photograph by Ron DubickTHE ROAD TO THIS OLD HOUSE

Six years later, Katie got stuck in a traffic jam on U.S. 13 on her way to the beach. In search of an alternate route, she drove down Old State Road, just outside Odessa but with a Middletown postal address, where she spied a large Georgian house with a for sale sign outside.

The MacMillans immediately contacted the real estate agent, who told them they were too late. A contract had just been signed on the house, which had been vacant for more than five years.

“I was disappointed, but only a little bit, because we knew the house needed a lot of work,” Katie recalls.

Months later, the agent called back. The sale had fallen through. Were the MacMillans still interested?

Katie was less enthusiastic than her husband. But it didn’t take long for her to develop a bond with the old house.

“After one week, I felt at home, at ease and comfortable,” she recalls.

That said, the property required a monumental effort to undo the damage caused by years of neglect.

“The fields were so overgrown you couldn’t see two feet in front of you,” Katie says.

Inside, rain was pouring into a dilapidated second-floor bathroom.

“I closed the door and didn’t open it again for two years,” she says.

With so many projects on the to-do list, it was difficult to know where to begin. The MacMillans made a pragmatic choice. The house didn’t have a washer or dryer—or even hookups for them in the basement. So they installed a second-floor laundry room.

 

 Raised-panel cupboards flank the fireplace in the dining room. Photograph by Ron DubickHISTORIC GUIDELINES

In establishing a comprehensive game plan, the couple also consulted the “Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Properties,” published by the National Parks Service. The government recommends choosing one of four approaches: preservation, rehabilitation, restoration or reconstruction.

Because their home suffered from deferred maintenance, the MacMillans focused on rehabilitation, a strategy that emphasizes retaining and repairing of historic materials, with some latitude for replacement because the property is deteriorated.

In the years before the Internet, they relied on the printed word for insights and information.

“We read books: how to wire, how to do plumbing, how to plaster,” Katie says. “You just can’t go into a room and paint something. It has got to be scraped. It has got to be sanded.”

An important part of their studies involved learning to take on projects without risking their personal safety.

“You really must know how to turn the water supply off before repairing a broken pipe and know how to shut off the power before replacing a broken electrical outlet,” Reed says.

Over the years, the MacMillans restored plaster walls, upgraded plumbing, installed a picket fence around the garden and took on myriad other tasks.

“I can hit a nail pretty good now,” Reed says.

One of their largest undertakings was stabilizing the foundation of a two-story addition that had shifted over time, as witnessed by a slope in the floor.

“We always know where to find the dog’s ball because it rolls to the back wall,” Katie says.

They decorated the house with furniture that is traditional in feeling instead of 18th-century antiques. Reed notes that people tend to steer clear of rooms that are filled with precious pieces.

At Fairview, the family enjoys each and every room.

 

Stunning millwork defines 10-foot ceilings. Photograph by Ron DubickTO THE MANOR BORN

Even at its worst, the house retained its sense of grandeur. Opulent dentil moldings punctuate the roofline. Solid wood shutters on the first story are outfitted with locks for security. The louvered shutters on the second-story windows enable air to flow into bedrooms. Many of the 12-over-12 windows maintain the wavy panes of glass installed nearly two and a half centuries ago.

Behind the house is a three-seater outhouse, the ultimate in pre-plumbing luxury. On humid summer days, you can detect the scent of a wood fire in the smokehouse.

Inside, the front door retains its original, massive lockbox. Ten-foot ceilings are defined with lavish moldings, a sign of the prosperity of the original owner, Maj. James Moore. After being held prisoner for two years during the Revolutionary War, he went on to grow grain on 171 acres. He founded a newspaper.

Spacious raised-panel cupboards flank the fireplaces in both the living room and the dining room. Moore would have used cupboards to tuck away china and other possessions befitting a man of means. The MacMillans use the cupboards to store electronics and Mary’s toys.

“This house had built-in stereo cabinets way ahead of its time,” Katie says.

Upstairs, the master bedroom boasts an adjoining dressing room. The bedrooms are outfitted with large closets, a rarity in Colonial days.

Records indicate that Moore owned as least one slave, a manservant who lived in the house. His room is spare and small, in contrast to the spacious proportions and extravagant finishes in the rest of the house. The ceiling is just over 6 feet high.

“The only reason we can think of is that having a low ceiling made the room easier to heat,” Katie says.

Originally, the kitchen was separate from the main house, which reduced the risk of fire. Over the years, a connecting room was constructed between the house and the kitchen, which is now a room for casual dining.

The MacMillans inherited a tired kitchen that had last been updated in the 1960s. It needed to be torn out and done over, which presented the couple with a restoration dilemma.

Should they knock down walls to make the kitchen larger and brighter? Or should they stay within the footprint and install a kitchen that was in keeping with the style and age of their home?

“In the end, we decided to maintain the integrity of the house,” Katie says.

 

The front door retains the original lock and key. Photograph by Ron DubickJUST RIGHT

Most of the land was sold off generations ago. Wheat fields have been supplanted by a bumper crop of housing.

Fairview was spared from development due to its status as a home on the National Register of Historic Places. The 3.5 acres that remain provide room for gardens, Mary’s playhouse and a barn that is home to Wally, an Appaloosa saddle horse, and Rye, a miniature horse the family adopted through an equine rescue service.

“We have lots of privacy, as well as nice neighbors, so it’s just right,” Katie says.

The gardens have sprouted a cornucopia of artifacts left by previous residents of Fairview. Among the finds: broken pottery, old bottles, nails, hinges, a stirrup iron and the stone foundation of a long-gone outbuilding.

“Every time we dig a new garden we pull up treasures,” she says.

 

Get the Look
  • With some exceptions, most pieces of furniture  are antique in feeling, though not in age. Photograph by Ron DubickWalls can talk—and homeowners should listen. Look to the original architecture for input in renovating an old house. The MacMillans decided not to knock down walls during a kitchen project in order to maintain the integrity of the property.
  • It’s a home, not a museum. The MacMillans have decorated their house with family pieces and other furniture they have collected over the years rather than antiques that require extra special care.
  • Prioritize your list of projects. Fairview had lots of history but no laundry room. Installing a washer and dryer was at the top of Katie MacMillan’s to-do list.
  • Channel your inner handyman. The MacMillans did nearly all the rehabilitation work on their home themselves. They learned new skills by reading how-to books.
  • Harken to history. Fairview was once a large farm. Only a few acres remain, but the current owners maintain that tie to agriculture by keeping horses.
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Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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Harold Kalmus will show a variety of his figurative sculpture that includes large scale portraits, smaller full figure compositions, and figure study reliefs. Described as a “contemporary...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 577-8283
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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On View April 4 Through May 31 When the first yellow buds of witch hazel appear, we know life is returning to the Gardens. With flowering trees, daffodils, and more than 240,000 tulips bursting...

Cost: $0-$27

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
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June 13 and 14 – Saturday and Sunday Hagley and the Delaware Historical Society will host a bus tour to Five Forks Battlefield and Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. Guided by Justin...

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

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Helena van Emmerik-Finn "A World of Color"~ New Pastels This show features a mix of pastel paintings including landscapes, beach scenes and animals. Helena enjoys the medium of pastel because it...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: The Station Gallery
Telephone: 302-654-8638
Contact Name: Nancy Bercaw
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The Masters show returns, featuring artists such as Theodore Earl Butler, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Charles Courtney Curran, Stuart Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Marsden Hartley, Hans...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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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
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

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Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

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

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

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This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

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

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Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Website »

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This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
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Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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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

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Delaware Today, 302Health and Get Healthy, Delaware! are excited to honor the nursing community once again in 2015. The Excellence in Nursing awards will recognize the state's top nurses who...

Cost: $125.00 each

Where:
Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
100 Continental Drive
Newark, DE  19713
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Sponsor: Delaware Today
Telephone: 302-504-1336
Contact Name: Christa McLaughlin
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Bariatric Information Seminar Location: Bayhealth Kent General, General Foods Conference Room 1 & 2, 64 S. State St., Dover Time: 6–7 p.m. Participants are asked to bring their...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Zumba sessions every Wednesday in Lewes Canalfront Park, overlooking the banks of the beautiful Lewes-Rehoboth Canal in Historic Lewes.  Free

Cost: Free

Where:
Lewes Canalfront Park
211 Front Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Zumba by Kelly, Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park
Telephone: 302-645-2795
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Performing to critical acclaim worldwide for nearly 15 years and over 2000 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead’s...

Cost: $25-30

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
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Harold Kalmus will show a variety of his figurative sculpture that includes large scale portraits, smaller full figure compositions, and figure study reliefs. Described as a “contemporary...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 577-8283
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

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June 13 and 14 – Saturday and Sunday Hagley and the Delaware Historical Society will host a bus tour to Five Forks Battlefield and Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. Guided by Justin...

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

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Helena van Emmerik-Finn "A World of Color"~ New Pastels This show features a mix of pastel paintings including landscapes, beach scenes and animals. Helena enjoys the medium of pastel because it...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: The Station Gallery
Telephone: 302-654-8638
Contact Name: Nancy Bercaw
Website »

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On View April 4 Through May 31 When the first yellow buds of witch hazel appear, we know life is returning to the Gardens. With flowering trees, daffodils, and more than 240,000 tulips bursting...

Cost: $0-$27

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
Website »

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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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The Masters show returns, featuring artists such as Theodore Earl Butler, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Charles Courtney Curran, Stuart Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Marsden Hartley, Hans...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

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This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
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Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

Where:
Biggs Museum
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
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Website »

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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
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

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This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

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


Website »

More information

Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

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

Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


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

More information

Karoline Wileczek’s strong academic background belies the carefree, whimsical, almost childlike nature of her works. Her pen and ink pieces are full of energy, unstructured form and intriguing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Gibby Center for the Arts
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Gibby Center for the Arts
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
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Weight Loss Surgery Seminar Location: Smyrna Health & Wellness Center, 100 S. Main St., Smyrna Time: 6–7:30 p.m. Free BMI/body fat analysis: 6–6:30 p.m. More information...

Where:
Smyrna Health and Wellness Center
100 S. Main St.
Smyrna, DE
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Kermit Ruffins is an American jazz trumpeter, singer, and composer from New Orleans, Louisiana,United States. He has been influenced by Louis Armstrong and Louis Jordan and says that the highest...

Cost: $19-24

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
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Brooklyn-based Americana/Alt-Country band Yarn’s sound owes as much to Gram Parsons and Earl Scruggs as to Jerry Garcia and Exile On Main Street-era Rolling Stones. Much like its name, the band...

Cost: $10

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
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Harold Kalmus will show a variety of his figurative sculpture that includes large scale portraits, smaller full figure compositions, and figure study reliefs. Described as a “contemporary...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 577-8283
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

On View April 4 Through May 31 When the first yellow buds of witch hazel appear, we know life is returning to the Gardens. With flowering trees, daffodils, and more than 240,000 tulips bursting...

Cost: $0-$27

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


Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
Website »

More information

Helena van Emmerik-Finn "A World of Color"~ New Pastels This show features a mix of pastel paintings including landscapes, beach scenes and animals. Helena enjoys the medium of pastel because it...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: The Station Gallery
Telephone: 302-654-8638
Contact Name: Nancy Bercaw
Website »

More information

June 13 and 14 – Saturday and Sunday Hagley and the Delaware Historical Society will host a bus tour to Five Forks Battlefield and Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. Guided by Justin...

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
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An impressive group of over thirty outstanding professional artists from the Brandywine Valley area will exhibit and sell original new works of art. The “Outdoor Gallery” will be under the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
One Greenville Crossing
Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: DFVA
Telephone: 302-685-8191
Contact Name: Tara
Website »

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The Masters show returns, featuring artists such as Theodore Earl Butler, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Charles Courtney Curran, Stuart Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Marsden Hartley, Hans...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

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

Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

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


Website »

More information

This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

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


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

This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
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Glory of Stories introduces young visitorsto art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages...

Cost: Free to Members, $3 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

More information

Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

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


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

More information

Karoline Wileczek’s strong academic background belies the carefree, whimsical, almost childlike nature of her works. Her pen and ink pieces are full of energy, unstructured form and intriguing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The GIbby Center for the Arts
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Gibby Center for the Arts
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
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The Lighthouse Church will be starting a Training Center for Deliverances beginning Friday September 12, 2014.  The school will be focused on all aspects of ministering deliverance and healing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lighthouse Church Inc.
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Church Inc.
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Bro. Christopher Gore
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The Lighthouse Church will be starting a Training Center for Deliverances beginning Friday September 12, 2014.  The school will be focused on all aspects of ministering deliverance and healing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lighthouse Church Inc.
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Church Inc.
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Bro. Christopher Gore
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Audition will be held at the Everett Theatre on: Friday, May 29 from 7:00pm-9:00pm Saturday, May 30 from 7:00pm-9:00pm (Auditions for Once on this Island and The Frog Prince will also be held on...

Cost: None

Where:
The Everett Theatre
47 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Everett Theatre
Telephone: 302-540-8561
Contact Name: Chris Everett
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Audition will be held at the Everett Theatre on: Friday, May 29 from 7:00pm-9:00pm Saturday, May 30 from 7:00pm-9:00pm (Auditions for A Little Night Music and The Frog Prince will also be held...

Cost: None

Where:
The Everett Theatre
47 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Everett Theatre
Telephone: 302-540-8561
Contact Name: Chris Everett
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Audition will be held at the Everett Theatre on: Friday, May 29 from 7:00pm-9:00pm Saturday, May 30 from 7:00pm-9:00pm (Auditions for Once on this Island and A Little Night Music will also be...

Cost: None

Where:
The Everett Theatre
47 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Everett Theatre
Telephone: 302-540-8561
Contact Name: Chris Everett
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Meeting every Friday, Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, 640 s. State Street, Dover, 7:30 pm., Private Dining Room #3 in the basement. For those who have, or think they may have a gambling problem....

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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Remember that mix tape your friend made you way back when the onethat's etched in your soul? Martin Sexton's new album Mix Tape of the Open Road is that musical crosscountry trip, blazing through...

Cost: $25-30

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
Website »

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The Melton Brothers will get you tappin, slappin, shakin and slidin from a pin-drop whisper to kickin take-your-breath-away grooves ...a blend of R&B, groove swing, New Orleans blues and roots rock...

Cost: $15

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
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PurpleStride 2015 –Dravo Plaza at Riverfront Wilmington The Delaware Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is hosting its third annual PurpleStride 5K Run/Walk on...

Cost: $15-$30

Where:
Dravo Plaza
900 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network - Delaware Affiliate
Contact Name: Donna Stollings
Website »

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3rd Annual Milk Run 5K Location: Appoquinimink High School, 1080 Bunker Hill Road, Middletown Time: Registration: 8 a.m. Race start: 9 a.m. Fee: $20 (until the Thursday before the race at...

Where:
Appoquinimink High School
1080 Bunker Hill Road
Middletown, DE
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Purple Stride 5K Run & Family-Friendly Walk Location: Dravo Plaza, Wilmington Riverfront, 900 Justison St., Wilmington Time: Registration: 8 a.m. Race/walk: 9:30 a.m. Fee: Free...

Where:
Dravo Plaza, Wilmington Riverfront
900 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE
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On View April 4 Through May 31 When the first yellow buds of witch hazel appear, we know life is returning to the Gardens. With flowering trees, daffodils, and more than 240,000 tulips bursting...

Cost: $0-$27

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


Sponsor: Longwood Gardens
Telephone: 610.388.1000
Website »

More information

Helena van Emmerik-Finn "A World of Color"~ New Pastels This show features a mix of pastel paintings including landscapes, beach scenes and animals. Helena enjoys the medium of pastel because it...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: The Station Gallery
Telephone: 302-654-8638
Contact Name: Nancy Bercaw
Website »

More information

June 13 and 14 – Saturday and Sunday Hagley and the Delaware Historical Society will host a bus tour to Five Forks Battlefield and Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. Guided by Justin...

Cost: call for cost

Where:
, DE

More information

Karoline Wileczek’s strong academic background belies the carefree, whimsical, almost childlike nature of her works. Her pen and ink pieces are full of energy, unstructured form and intriguing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The GIbby Center for the Arts
51 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
View map »


Sponsor: The Gibby Center for the Arts
Telephone: 302-449-5396
Contact Name: Caroline Zeitler
Website »

More information

The Masters show returns, featuring artists such as Theodore Earl Butler, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Charles Courtney Curran, Stuart Davis, Helen Frankenthaler, Marsden Hartley, Hans...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Breck's Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

Burlington, which offers the best selection at the best price of the most mom- trusted brands at Baby Depot, is hosting a free community safety day in Newark, DE on Saturday, May 30th.  In...

Cost: Free

Where:
Burlington
59 University Plaza
Newark, DE  19702
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Sponsor: Burlington
Contact Name: Lauren Flangan

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This exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur),  textiles, furniture, metalwork, and pottery. March 1,...

Cost: Members free. $20 per adult. $18 per student & senior. $5 per child (ages 2-11)

Where:
Winterthur
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19735
View map »

More information

This comprehensive exhibition explores the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, furniture, metalwork and...

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


Website »

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-14

Where:
Hagley Museum and Library
201 Hagley Creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories that a large, hand-made hooked rug has to tell about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science...

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

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

Regional artist William D. White presents his first major exhibition, Vision and Voice. This exhibition reintroduces the work of the Wilmington, Delaware illustrator, muralist and painter William...

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


Website »

More information

Visitors experience an in-depth, hands-on tour focused on gunpowder production in the Hagley Powder Yard and visit production areas rarely seen by guests. This tour ends with an explosive finish....

Cost: 0-$14

Where:
halgley museum
201 Hagley creek Rd
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »

More information

Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic...

Cost: Regular Admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
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Ages 8 and up After a brief introduction to equipment, climbing and safety, get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Park staff will instruct, guide and belay all climbers.  Children...

Cost: $25 per person

Where:
Alapocas Run State Park
165 Bancroft Mills Road
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
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The annual “Pooches in the Park” returns to Lewes Canalfront Park on Saturday, May 30 from 1 to 3 pm. The park is overlooks the banks of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal in Historic Lewes. This festive...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lewes Canalfront Park
211 Front Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park, Savannah Animal Hospital
Telephone: 302-645-2795
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Inaugural 3rd Wave Brewing Co.’s Good Run Good Friends Good Beer 5K Location: 3rd Wave Brewing Co. Brewery and Tasting Room, 501 N. Bi-State Blvd., Delmar Time: Registration: 4 p.m....

Where:
3rd Wave Brewing Co. Brewery
501 N. Bi-State Blvd.
Delmar, DE
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  This is the 2nd Reunion of the former State Police Band SOCIETY’S CHILD AND MARIO ROCCO Featuring Special Guest Rick Griffin – The buddy Holly Review 60’s,...

Cost: 55.00

Where:
Mill Creek Fire Hall
3900 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE  19808
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Sponsor: :Luray Productions
Telephone: 302-559-0607
Contact Name: Lois Lipton Parker
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Audition will be held at the Everett Theatre on: Friday, May 29 from 7:00pm-9:00pm Saturday, May 30 from 7:00pm-9:00pm (Auditions for A Little Night Music and The Frog Prince will also be held...

Cost: None

Where:
The Everett Theatre
47 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Everett Theatre
Telephone: 302-540-8561
Contact Name: Chris Everett
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Audition will be held at the Everett Theatre on: Friday, May 29 from 7:00pm-9:00pm Saturday, May 30 from 7:00pm-9:00pm (Auditions for Once on this Island and The Frog Prince will also be held on...

Cost: None

Where:
The Everett Theatre
47 W Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Everett Theatre
Telephone: 302-540-8561
Contact Name: Chris Everett
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Audition will be held at the Everett Theatre on: Friday, May 29 from 7:00pm-9:00pm Saturday, May 30 from 7:00pm-9:00pm (Auditions for Once on this Island and A Little Night Music will also be...

Cost: None

Where:
The Everett Theatre
47 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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Sponsor: The Everett Theatre
Telephone: 302-540-8561
Contact Name: Chris Everett
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Darin Rex’s musical career began in the classical world at the young age of 4, as he trained with the Central Pennsylvania Suzuki Association. He began his classical training on violin and...

Cost: $15

Where:
World Cafe Live at the Queen
500 N Market St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-994-1400
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