Historic Homes E-News, September, 2012
Wharf Dance---Put on your dancing shoes and join New Castle Senior Center and the New Castle Historical Society at the Wharf in Old New Castle for a night full of music & dance, food & drink and friends on Saturday, September 15 from 7-11 p.m. The evening will feature music by Lew The Mailman, delectable goodies to purchase and a cash bar, which will serve wine, beer and featured mixed drinks. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased by calling 302-322-2794, or online at www.newcastlehistory.org. Proceeds will benefit the Senior Center and Historical Society.
Join the City of Wilmington for IN Wilmington Week, a nine-day community celebration of arts and entertainment IN Wilmington - Saturday, September 22nd to Sunday, September 30th! This collaborative effort, designed to highlight the City of Wilmington's robust cultural offerings, involves more than 50 area organizations with over 60 offerings to choose from in the Wilmington and North Wilmington region.The full schedule of the week's activities such as traditional, contemporary and classical music, theatre, film, food and drink, car shows, educational, historical, philanthropical, nature-based, are at http://inwilmingtonde.com/festivals/inWilmWeek/
An introductory Workshop on African American Genealogy, will be held at the Delaware History Center, at 505 Market Street, Wilmington, on Saturday, September 15, 2012, 10:00am-3:30pm:Free, but reservations are required. Co-sponsored by The Center for African American Heritage at the Delaware Historical Society, and the Delaware Genealogical Society. Call 302-655-7161 or visit http://www.hsd.org/Programs/AAGenealogy_12/African%20American%20Genealogy_2012.htm
Lafayette’s Birthday Party will be celebrated Saturday, September 8 from 9:30 am -9:30 pm at the Hale-Byrnes House at 606 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark Delaware. The Public is invited to this event on the banks of the White Clay Creek. Fee: $5 per person, $10 per family, children invited. 1st Maryland and 1st Delaware Regiments will be there with an encampment all day Saturday with living history demonstrations starting from 9 am. Evening: Covered Dish Dinner. Please bring a dish to pass. Special Guest: young Lafayette, portrayed by Benjamin Goldman of Philadelphia. See http://www.halebyrnes.org/
Middletown Township Parks & Recreation and Middletown Township Historical Society present Historic Riverfront Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Day Saturday, September 22. A luxury motor coach departs Granite Run Mall at 9:00 a.m. and returns approximately 5:30 p.m. $55.00 per person. Participants are asked to being their own lunch. To register send check payable to Middletown Township to: Middletown Township , 27 North Pennell Rd, Lima, PA 19063 or call 610-565-2700
The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be conducting a presentation on tax credits that are available to property owners to help offset costs associated with the rehabilitation and preservation of historic buildings in Delaware. Sponsored by the Lewes Historic Preservation Commission, the presentation will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at the Lewes City Hall, 114 E. Third St., in Lewes, Del. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 302-645-7777.
Delaware's Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program assists property owners in the preservation of historic buildings and encourages reinvestment in existing communities by providing Delaware income-tax credits for the substantial rehabilitation of National Register of Historic Places-listed properties. The program provides for a reduction in state income tax equal to a percentage of the monies expended in rehabilitating historic properties. For additional information on the program, contact Joan Larrivee, manager, Delaware Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program at 302-736-7400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can use the credits? Here is a perfect opportunity--Cornucopia is on the National Register of Historic Places and is currently for sale in the Middletown, Delaware area. It is on 20 acres, and does require restoration. You can see the property details at Cornucopia. I visited this property recently, and took the picture on the left. If you are interested in seeing this property, let me know and I can arrange a showing or send you more pictures.
The Henry Webster House (right) is another possibility for using tax credits, Although built c. 1770, it was given a Colonial Revival update in the 1930's. We have spoken to the State, and there is a good possibility it might be eligible for listing on the National Register. It would be up to the new owners to apply for the program. Details on this historic home are here.
Join Tom McGuire, historian and author of numerous books on the American Revolution, for a vivid description of Marshalton Village on the eve of the Battle of the Brandywine on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 6:00pm. This special Chester County Historical Society History on Tap will take place on the eve of this American Revolutionary battle, which took place on September 11, 1777. Just down the street from the Marshalton Inn is Centre House (Martin's Tavern) and guests will learn about the part the Tavern played in the Battle. After the talk, guests can walk down to Martin's Tavern for a guided tour and return to the Four Dogs Tavern adjacent to the Marshalton Inn for dinner. This program includes a brief overview of the Friends of Martin's Tavern group by Linda Kaat, Vice President of Friends of Martin's Tavern. The program is free for the community to enjoy! The Marshalton Inn is located at 1300 West Strasburg Rd. West Chester, PA 19382 http://www.marshaltoninn.com