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2018 Wetlands Festival

Celebrating a tradition of boats, hunting, fishing & trapping

at the

Grass Dale Center in Delaware City

108 North Reedy Point Bridge Road

Saturday, May 19 2018
11:00am - 4:00pm 

Details Here!


2017 Members' Event

Sunday, April 2, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Mark your calendars for our annual Members' Event

This year we will be at the Thousand Acre Farm in Port Penn.

Here is their website.

Here is a map. Please note that the 5th Street Bridge in Delaware City will probably be closed so you will have to come through Port Penn from the south.

2016 Wetlands Festival

Celebrating a tradition of boats, hunting, fishing & trapping

at the

Grass Dale Center in Delaware City

108 North Reedy Point Bridge Road

Saturday, September 10 2016
11:00am - 3:00pm 

Food – Music – Beer & Wine
Entertainment by: ‘Crabmeat’ Thompson
Free Admission and Parking

Voices of Tradition
On the Marsh: Hunting, Proggers & Trappers
Crafting Tradition: Nets, Traps, Calls & Decoys
River & Bay: Fishing, Crabbing & Eeling
Delaware River Maritime History: Interpreting small wooden Delaware River working boats
Featuring the “Groeningen Miss” sailing shad skiff

Corporate Presenting Sponsorships:
Delaware City Refining Company at The Green Winged Teal Level
The Thousand Acre Farm at the Snapping Turtle Level

Spring Fling 2013

Our annual members' event will be held on Sunday, May 19 from 1 to 3 pm.

Join us to see old friends, hear about what the Historical Society accomplished last year, and learn about our plans for 2013.

We'll be meeting at the Interpretive Center in Port Penn, enjoying wine, punch, and hors d'oeuvres, with the music of The Piney Hollow Drifters.

But wait, there's more...starting at 12 there will be a guided town tour.

Suggested donation $5, life members free.

Marsh Feast 2013

Join us on Sunday April 7th at Kelly's Restaurant in Port Penn for a Marsh Feast.

We'll be serving snapping turtle soup, fried muskrat (or baked chicken breast for the not-so-brave) and several side dishes.

Jerry "Crabmeat" Thompson will be playing and singing. There will be a silent auction and chances to win a St. Michaels MD getaway package.

There will be three seatings: 1:00, 2:30, and 4:00 PM.

Tickets are $15 per person.

Sorry, this is an "adult-only" event, no-one under 21 admitted.

Kelly's is located at 101 W. Market St, Port Penn, DE  19731.

Vintage Baseball Game 2012

Last October, when the weather was crisp but the sun was still shining, we got together at the old cannery lot across from the Interpretive Center for some Old-Time Baseball. The Diamond State Base Ball Team played, and the fans enjoyed hot dogs, snapping turtle soup and the music of Jerry "Crabmeat" Thompson.

Spring Fling 2012

Annual Members' Event

Sunday May 20, 2012

The weather was perfect and we all had a good time.

Tracy Beck and Becky Webb talked about the Society's accomplishments in 2011 and our plans for 2012.


Spring Fling 2011

Annual Members' Event

May 1, 2011, 1 - 3 PM


Tree Planting at Augustine Beach 2010

October 23, 2010 9:30 AM

Our last project for 2010 was planting 20 native trees in the picnic area at Augustine Beach.

We enlisted the help of four local Boy Scout troops and their friends, and some of the Augustine Beach neighbors.

Mary Ann Hardesty from the NC County Conservation District came to talk to the scouts and oversee the project. She also took the kids on a tour of the area to identify trees.

After the planting we all enjoyed hot dogs and looking at the new trees with all the volunteers.

Thanks to the Port Penn Volunteer Fire Company for supplying water for the trees, and to Sean Johnson (Cutting Edge) for supplying mulch.

We came back in April of 2011 and put up fencing around each tree for deer control.

Vintage Baseball Game 2010

Old-Time Baseball, Hot Dogs, Snapper Soup, Silent Auction

Sunday October 17, 2010

Spring Fling 2010

Annual Members' Event

April 18, 2010, 1 - 3 PM

The 2010 Spring Fling was a great success - lots of our friends attended. We honored Thelma Bendler, long-time Port Penn resident and one of the founding members of the Port Penn Historical Society. David Orr  talked about Thelma and her influence on all of us, and Linda Beck and Tracy Beck presented her with a plaque.


2009 Marshland-A-Fare

Lunch - Music - Silent Auction

October 3, 2009

Spring Fling 2009

Annual Members' Event

April 19, 2009

2008 Marshland-A-Fare

Lunch - Music - Silent Auction

October 18, 2008