-Free one-day-only affair showcases one of Delaware’s most historic estates-

The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ Buena Vista: A Delaware Country Estate, located at 661 S. Dupont Highway (Route 13), southwest of New Castle, Delaware, will welcome visitors for a one-day-only fall event on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Photo of horticultural displays at Buena Vista
Buena Vista

Activities will include lawn games, pumpkin painting, mansion tours, and outdoor painting sessions conducted by the Sunshine Plein Air Artists. Guests should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, and are encouraged to pack picnic lunches and cameras to capture the autumn colors at one of Delaware’s most historic estates.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 302-323-4430. In case of inclement weather, the event may be postponed to the following day, Sunday, Oct. 9, during the same hours.

Buena Vista fall event schedule of activities

–Children’s games and pumpkin painting on the lawn. Guests are also invited to take photos at their leisure and to bring a picnic lunch. 10 a.m.– 3 p.m.

–Guided tours of the Buena Vista mansion. Limited to 20 participants per tour on a first-come, first-served basis. 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

–Two outdoor painting sessions led by the Sunshine Plein Air Artists. Limited to 20 participants per session on a first-come, first-served basis. Art supplies provided but participants must bring their own chairs. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Photo of a member of the Sunshine Plein Air Artists painting on the grounds of Buena Vista
Member of the Sunshine Plein Air Artists painting on the grounds of Buena Vista

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/event center administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.