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Painting Party at Buena Vista on Feb. 18, 2016

Written on: February 1st, 2016 in EventsHistoric SitesNews

One of Delaware’s most historic estates will host a painting party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. The event will take place at the Buena Vista Conference Center located at 661 S. Dupont Highway (Route 13), in New Castle, Del. Tickets for the event are $35 and are available in advance only at the Painting Parties, LLC website. No tickets will be sold at the door. For additional information, call 302-323-4430.

The Painting Party will feature a professional artist who will provide guests with step-by-step instruction in creating their own versions of the painting “Whimsical Owl.” Participants will then be able to take their paintings home with them.

Whimsical Owl

Whimsical Owl

No art experience is necessary for the painting party and all supplies will be provided including paints, brushes, canvases, aprons and easels. The only thing that visitors need to bring is a fun attitude! In addition to art instruction, guests will be treated to a variety of catered appetizers and soft drinks.

Buena Vista Conference Center

Buena Vista Conference Center

The main section of the Buena Vista mansion was built between 1845 and 1847 by John M. Clayton, United States secretary of state from 1849 to 1850 under presidents Taylor and Fillmore, and United States senator from 1829 to 1836, 1845 to 1849, and 1853 until his death in 1856. The home later became the residence of C. Douglass Buck, governor of Delaware from 1929 to 1937 and United States senator from 1942 to 1948. Buena Vista and its grounds were donated to the state by the Buck family in 1965 and now serve as a conference center administered by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.

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First State National Historical Park seeks public comment on Sheriff’s House in New Castle

Written on: January 19th, 2016 in News

The First State National Historical Park is requesting public input in developing a rehabilitation and use plan for the Sheriff’s House in New Castle, Del. As part of its information-gathering process, National Park Service staff will conduct a public scoping-meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the New Castle Court House Museum located at 211 Delaware St. in New Castle. The public is invited to participate in the project planning-process by helping to identify potential uses for the Sheriff’s House, environmental impacts, issues, concerns and alternative concepts.

Sheriff's House

Sheriff’s House

Developing a rehabilitation and use plan is part of the Park Service’s effort to review conceptual plans to see what options exist for the interior of the Sheriff’s House. The Park Service is also developing a historic-structure report which will inform the design-concept plan process. Actual rehabilitation is still several years away and contingent upon funding.

The purpose of the scoping meeting is to provide an opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to learn about the planning process and to provide thoughts, ideas and concerns for the future use and management of the Sheriff’s House. Posters and other information about the Sheriff’s House will be available for the public to review, and Park Service staff will be on hand to answer questions and  accept public comments. There will not be a formal presentation so interested parties may arrive at any time between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. to share their thoughts.

Following the meeting, the Park Service will accept comments and ideas for a 30-day period and begin to develop general alternatives for the rehabilitation and use of the Sheriff’s House. By mid-March, the alternatives will be used to conduct an environmental assessment which will be distributed for public review and comment during the summer of 2016.

More information about the project can be found at the park’s planning website. Comments on the project may be submitted by attending the public scoping meeting or by submitting them electronically on the planning website (noted above). All information presented at the public scoping meeting will be uploaded to the website following the meeting.

For more information about the park, its programs, and the planning process please e-mail Superintendent Ethan McKinley.

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