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Staff from Materials Conservation were on site in August to clean and restore the headstones at the Stewart Cemetery. This was the private cemetery of the Stewart family; several generations are buried here. The public is welcome to visit. You can learn about the cemetery here.








Funding has been provided from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Delaware Humanities as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.

   



The Historical Society hangs United States flags in Port Penn for sitnificant holidays throughout the year. This year we received a grant through the Delaware Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities replace worn flags and broken hardware.





Funding has been provided from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Delaware Humanities as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.

   



The first of the Historic House Plaques has been installed. Here are some of the homeowners showing off their homes and plaques.










Our annual Spring Fling Members' Event, originally scheduled for April 19th, has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are tentatively planning a spring 2021 date. Please check back here for a notification about the new date.


Come and joins us for our annual Members' Event.

This year will be at the Interpretive Center in Port Penn. Stop by to catch up with your friends and find out what the Historical Society has been up to.

Sunday, May 5th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Click here to learn more.

Our latest newsletter for Spring 2019 is available online. In this issue you can learn about the history of the Ashton Tract and Ashton Historic District just north of Port Penn, and learn some interesting trivia about early Port Penn (and our royal connection!). It also has a list of events planned for the Interpretive Center, and the world-renowned President's Letter.

Click here to view it!


Come and joins us for our annual Members' Event.

This year will be at the Ashton Tract just north of Port Penn. Stop by to catch up with your friends and find out what the Historical Society has been up to.

Sunday, September 16th 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Click here to learn more.

Celebrating a tradition of boats, hunting, fishing & trapping at the Grass Dale Center in Delaware City.

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

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Spring Newsletter 2018

Our latest newsletter for Spring 2018 is available online. In this issue you can learn about the history of the Port Penn School, meet the new Parks Manager, and read about our upcoming 2018 Wetlands Festival. It also has a list of events planned for the Interpretive Center, and the ever-popular President's Letter.

Click here to view it!


Quarterly Meetings

The Historical Society meets quarterly at the Port Penn Interpretive Center. Join us to find out what we are up to, offer suggestions, and volunteer to help us out.

Thursday, March 1, 2018 6:30 pm
Thursday, June 7, 2018  6:30 pm
Sunday, September 16 2018 (our Members' Event)
Thursday, December 6, 2018 6:30 pm



Welcome Mike Hitch
New Fort Delaware Park Superintendent
Mike Hitch

Mike Hitch is the new Park Superintendent at Fort Delaware State Park, Fort DuPont State Park, and Port Penn Interpretive Center. Mike has been in this position since May of 2017.

Mike started his State Parks career in May of 2013 when he was hired as a Seasonal Park Ranger at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel, DE. In September of 2015, Mike became the Seasonal Assistant Park Superintendent at Trap Pond. He was in this position until being transferred to Lums Pond State Park in January of 2017. He was in this position until being hired Full-Time as Park Superintendent at Fort Delaware.

Mike graduated from Wilmington University with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. He also has a Minor in Natural Science.




Spring Newsletter 2017

Our latest newsletter for Spring 2017 is available online. In this issue you can learn about when Port Penn was terrorized by a man-eating shark, and read about our Wetlands Festival. It also has a list of events planned for the Interpretive Center, and the ever-popular President's Letter.

Click here for details!


Welcome Andy Roy
New Fort Delaware Park Assstant Superintendent
Andy Roy

Andrew Roy has recently joined the Fort Delaware/Fort DuPont State Park team as the new seasonal Assistant Manager.

Andrew holds a B.S. degree in Parks and Recreation/Resources Management from Slippery Rock Univ and has over 30 years of experience with Delaware State Parks.

He most recently served 16 years as the Park Superintendent at the Wilmington State Parks and retired from full-time service at the end of 2015.

Although a native Delawarean, Andrew currently lives in Cecil County MD with his wife Kelli.
At his retirement party, Andrew joked that he wanted to move to an exotic island! This new assignment will help him fulfill that dream!




Meetings in 2017

The Port Penn Area Historical Society will meet four times in 2017.  Our meetings are open to everyone and we invite you to attend, give us some feedback, and volunteer.

Unless noted, all meetings are at the Port Penn Interpretive Center.

Thursday, February 2, 7:00pm

Sunday, April 2 1:00pm-3:00pm (at our Annual Spring Members' Event, to be held at the Thousand Acre Farm in Port Penn)
More info here!

Thursday, September 7, 7:00pm

Thursday, December 7, 7:00pm



Wetlands Festival 2016

Celebrating a tradition of boats, hunting, fishing & trapping at the Grass Dale Center in Delaware City.

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

Click here to learn more.

New Look to our Website

Welcome to the new Port Penn Historical Society website. We've changed our look to make it more accessible and easier to use. 

Let us know what you think.



Spring Newsletter 2016

Our latest newsletter for Spring 2016 is available online. In this issue you can learn about the history of the Hubbs house in Port Penn. It also has a list of events planned for the Interpretive Center, and the ever-popular President's Letter.

Click here for details!