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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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 »

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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

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 »

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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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