Saturday, February 17, 2018

Wilmington and New Castle Delaware Culture Trails

family entertainment underground railroad house museum wineries and breweries
Wilmington is strategically positioned to reach other points of interest in the middle Atlantic region of the United States. Located midway between New York City and Washington, D.C., this city is:
30 minutes from Philadelphia
90 minutes to downtown Baltimore, Maryland
60 minutes from Lancaster, South Central Pennsylvania and Amish Country
less than 2 hours away from Delaware's Atlantic Ocean beaches

Founded by the Swedes and Finns in 1638, and later acquired by the Dutch in 1655 and the British in 1739, today Wilmington offers a rich performing arts scene including theater, symphony, opera, ballet, rock, jazz, folk and family entertainment. It is also home to many celebrated ethnic events, music festivals and special performances at local wineries and breweries.

The Christina Riverfront is one of many reasons for making Wilmington your home away from home while exploring the culture trail; cruise in a water taxis or stroll the landscaped Riverwalk. Wilmington was the last stop to freedom on the Underground Railroad; the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park is named for Railroad Conductor Harriett Tubman and Stationmaster Thomas Garrett. The Riverfront Market offers delicious specialty foods, fresh produce, flowers and much more from a variety of vendors.
shopping, dining and entertainment are tax free here!
The First Stop along the Culture Trail focuses on the History of the First State!
The Delaware History Museum is located in a renovated art-deco Woolworth store in the historic district and features three galleries of changing interactive exhibits on Delaware history, including displays of rare items of everyday life, costumes, children's toys, regional decorative arts, and paintings.
Old Town Hall built in 1798-1800, it functioned as a center of political and social activities in Wilmington's mercantile-milling economy. Today it is owned by the Delaware Historical Society and is used for exhibits and special events. The Delaware Historical Society is celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2014.

 Wilmington, New Castle 
and the Delaware Culture Trails

Willingtown Square consists of six historic houses relocated into an urban park in 1976.Not far away are the Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, the First USA Riverfront Arts Center, and the Wilmington train station.

The Research Library is tasked with collecting and preserving Delaware materials for over 135 years, the Society has a rich and varied collection of books, ephemera, newspapers, serials, maps, manuscripts and photographs relating to the history of Delaware and its people. 

Read House is in nearby historic New Castle, one of the oldest towns and a National Historic Landmark District. The 22 room, 14,000 square-foot, mansion features new technologies of the time including elaborate hot-air roasting ovens and steam tables in the kitchen. Carefully restored and furnished in 1986 using extensive documentation, Read House ranks among the best house museums in the country. In addition, a tour may include: costumed interpreters, open-hearth cooking demonstrations, walking tours of New Castle. Read House & Gardens was named an American Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Park Service.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Colonial America Heritage and the Industrial Revolution

Museums and Educational Travel
One of the Largest Historical Societies in America, LCHS comprises the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, a state-of-the-art historical research library, as well as 6 galleries with 13,000 square feet of exhibits. The Society administers 7 museum sites that date from Colonial America through the Industrial Revolution along with 35,000 historical artifacts, 80,000 vintage photographs, and over 3-million documents.
Books Maps Photographs and Other Resources for Historians and Genealogists
Educational Tours and outreach programs designed by Museum Educators that tell stories and enlighten adults, schoolchildren, scouts and others about local heritage with visits to historic sites and the Heritage Museum with its exhibits, research library and archival collection.

Delaware Lehigh and Hudson River Valley Travel Plan
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A Coal Burning Iron Furnace that Looks Like a Medieval Castle
Lockridge Furnace was built in 1868 and produced some of the iron that helped transform America from a nation of farms into an industrial giant. The Museum comprises several buildings in a park setting.
The Saylor Park Cement Kilns were erected in 1893 to power the industrial revolution and produce cement. Learn about this industry and the people that worked in it.
Haines Mill has stood on the banks of Cedar Creek since colonial times.
The Early Technology that Supported Farm Life
Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum is an authentic Pennsylvania-German farm house that provides a unique perspective on farming in the Lehigh Valley.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Ten American Travel Itineraries

Preserving and Divulging American Cultural Heritage
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Texas Trails Cowboys Cowgirls Entrepreneurship Public Art Wineries and Vintage Railroads in Austin, San Antonio, Texas Hill Country, Fort Worth, Grapevine and Dallas.

Mississippi River Trails New Orleans architecture and creative culture Memphis Tennessee Blues Rock ’n’ Roll BBQ Pork Capital Cotton Graceland National Civil Rights Museum and the Quad Cities of Davenport and Bettendorf Iowa, Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois.

Planning Your Trip assumes uniquely local dimensions wherever you go; the activities that you, the visitor – local, or global –  select and irrespective of the length of your stay, are unique of the community you are visiting and rooted into the local economy, history and traditions. 

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The American Mid-Continent Illinois Iowa South Dakota and Montana. Family vacations museums historic sites and riverfront festivals. South Dakota’s first group of Euro-American settlers in the 1820s was a party of four people, three horses, two mules, fifteen cattle, and two wagons. Montana western history and culture national parks and ranch vacations.

Touring the American South a Journey from the Atlantic to the Gulf Coast via Appalachia and the Mississippi River. Virginia Towns and Villages, Manassas and the Civil War Experience, Charlotte and Asheville North Carolina, Nashville and Memphis Tennessee, Sights Sounds and Culinary Traditions of the Mississippi Regions, New Orleans History and Traditions.

USA Coast to Coast Travel Virginia Colorado and Oregon. Historic Small Towns Itineraries, Wine Tours, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak Region, the Rocky Mountains, Oregon Travel environment friendly winter destinations and summer vacations.

Hudson Delaware and Susquehanna River Trails Brandywine Lehigh Lancaster Hershey Harrisburg Dutchess and Rockland New York. Downtown Lancaster Architectural and Heritage Itinerary, Coal Iron Steel and Canals of the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys, Philadelphia the Brandywine Valley & Wilmington Delaware, Chester and Delaware County.

The Finger Lakes Rochester the Catskills the Erie Canal and Niagara Falls in Upstate New York
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US Mid Atlantic Travel Philadelphia, Hershey, Harrisburg, Washington DC, Maryland and the Brandywine Valley. A seven night, eight day program for families, schools and theme groups with a focus on: Cultural Heritage and Local Museums, Food Wineries and Breweries, Local Public Transport Initiatives, Water Resources Management and the Environment.