An archive of historic-preservation-related articles compiled from the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and the media.

Milton Historic District listing is amended
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Sept. 20, 2022
Extensive research and surveys have led to an updated and expanded listing of the Milton Historic District in the National Register.

State review board to hold annual business meeting
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Sept. 14, 2022
The Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation will hold its annual business meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Learn more


Preservation Delaware hosts annual meeting
Preservation Delaware, New Castle
Join the statewide nonprofit Oct. 20-22 for its 2022 Annual Conference, which will be held virtually over Zoom.

South The Historic District of Milton is Expanding to Include More Historic Homes
WBOC TV, Salisbury, Md. — Aug. 30, 2022
Proposed expansion would include 417 buildings, structures and sites.

For historical preservation, climate is key
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Aug. 18, 2022
Rising temperatures require new solutions.

Join us at two Historic Preservation public forums Sept. 21
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Aug. 17, 2022
Public invited to share ideas on how to advance historic preservation in Delaware.

Your preservation questions answered
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Aug. 17, 2022
Learn more about historic preservation in the First State in this Q&A with Delaware’s Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer.

Details in Delaware: Serpentine stone
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Aug. 16, 2022
Read on to learn about this greenish gemstone that was once popular as a building material, but had its flaws.

Delaware’s history as part of the Underground Railroad to be preserved in new museum
News Journal, Wilmington, Del. — Aug. 11, 2022
Historic farmhouse at Brecknock Park in Camden, Del. to house the facility.

Enlighten Me: Preserving the 180-year-old Buttonwood home
Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del. — Aug. 5, 2022
New Castle property faces ‘demolition by neglect.”

History of Equal Rights Grants
National Parks Service website, Washington, D.C.
Grants will help preserve sites related to the struggle to achieve the ideal of equal rights in America. Deadline: Sept. 14, 2022

Another Favorite Local Building is a Tribute to African-American History
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del. — July 27, 2022
Nassau School outside Lewes was built by industrialist Pierre S. du Pont to educate Black students during the segregation era.

Renovations ongoing at Fenwick Lighthouse complex
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — July 14, 2022
Rehabilitation efforts, including exterior updates, at the light keeper’s house continue as historians aim to preserve this coastal Delaware landmark.

Explore CHRIS, Delaware history’s online resource
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — July 12, 2022
Residents and researchers can access the web-based mapping system known as CHRIS to explore Delaware’s historic places and National Register nominations over the years.

Historic Achmester estate falls victim to ‘demolition-by-neglect’
Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del. — July 1, 2022
Middletown property set to be demolished.

Keeping preservation above water
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — June 23, 2022
With the lowest-lying average elevation in the country, Delaware history experts are eyeing future solutions to rising tides and a changing climate.

New reports on historic DuPont Schools offer enlightening perspective
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — June 10, 2022
Oral history project with alumni of six early 20th century schools built for African American and Native American students and a new architectural study examine the history, current condition and significance of 84 DuPont Schools in Delaware.

As Gibraltar decays, Delaware says it’s ‘never had to enforce’ conservation easements
News Journal, Wilmington, Del. — June 8, 2022
Historic property in a state of serious deterioration.

Mayor proposes new idea to save, renovate historic Gibraltar mansion. Would it work?
News Journal, Wilmington, Del. — May 31, 2022
Property in a state of serious deterioration.

Historic Manor in Camden to become abolition museum with help from federal funds
WMDT TV, Salisbury, Md. — May 27, 2022
Goggin Manor House to be converted into the Kent County Historical and Underground Railroad Museum.

Underrepresented Communities Grants
National Parks Service website, Washington, D.C. — May 25, 2022
Grant program works towards diversifying the nominations submitted to the National Register of Historic Places. Deadline: Aug. 10, 2022

A new chapter for Buena Vista’s greenhouse
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — May 23, 2022
Nearly century-old greenhouse in northern Delaware restored.

Rehabilitation of the Sheriff’s House is underway
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — May 19, 2022
$5 million restoration effort will allow this landmark to serve as a welcome center for the First State National Historical Park.

11 most endangered historic places in 2022
National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, D.C. — May 4, 2022
Sites include community anchors and sacred ground, sites of injustice and activism, and places of creative expression.

Three Delaware schools to be affiliated with Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park
Sites played an important role in the Supreme Court’s ruling that outlawed school segregation.

Now a historic site, Hockessin’s former segregated school celebrated on Brown v. Board of Education Day
WHYY, Wilmington, Del. — May 18, 2022

Three historic Delaware schools gain national attention for their role in landmark court case
Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del. — May 18, 2022

Delaware played a big role in Brown v. Board of Education. So did this Hockessin school
News Journal, Wilmington, Del. — May 17, 2022

Biden signs bill to expand Topeka’s Brown vs Board historic site
Salina Post, Kan. — May 14, 2022

Brown v. Board National Historical Park Expansion
National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, D.C. — May 12, 2022

Celebrate Preservation Month in May
Saving Delaware History, newsletter of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — April 25, 2022
Organizations across the country unite in May to promote history and heritage. This year focuses on showcasing the diversity of our nation.

Dive into Delaware’s historic site selections
Saving Delaware History, newsletter of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — April 25, 2022
Jim Ellison, chair of the Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation, explains how historic sites are nominated, reviewed and approved.

The Division is on the move and committed to preservation
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — April 21, 2022
Agency moves from one historic building to another.

Sen. Carper touts First State National Historical Park at renovation announcement
Delaware Public Media, Dover — April 15, 2022
$5.4 million plan to renovate Old New Castle’s historic Sheriff’s House.

State Review Board to meet April 20, 2022; will consider National Register nomination of Dauneport
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — March 25, 2022
Board will review a National Register of Historic Places nomination for Dauneport, a historic New Castle County property.

Division prioritizes preservation
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — March 20, 2022
Find out how the State Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program supported preservation efforts and incentives throughout Delaware in 2021.

Lewes net reel must move
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del. — March 15, 2022
Division director Tim Slavin testified on the city’s historic preservation process.

Hockessin Colored School Prepares for Its New Future
Delaware Today, Wilmington — March 4, 2022
School educated students of color during the segregation era.

Application for Community Reinvestment Fund now open
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — March 3, 2022
Funding available for community redevelopment, revitalization and investment capital projects.

New historic site recommended for National Register of Historic Places
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Feb. 16, 2022
Robert Mitchell House in Hockessin was built in the 19th century and transformed during the Early American-style movement of the 1950s and 1970s.

Details in Delaware: Architecture and cultural resources
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Feb. 15, 2022
Article highlights unique architectural features and landmarks in Delaware.

Preserving Chinatowns in the United States
National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, D.C. — Feb. 1, 2022
New threats make preservation more important than ever.

Brown v. Board: A Tale of 3 (Delaware) Schools
National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, D.C.
Learn about the role of three sites in Delaware that were linked to Brown v. Board and desegregating America’s school system.

Historic Preservation Advocacy Week is March 7-10
Preservation Action, Washington, D.C.
Historic Preservation Advocacy Week 2022 will be held virtually this year, and registration is now open.

Grants available for historic properties
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Jan. 18, 2022
Nonprofits and local governments are eligible to apply for grant funding provided by the Historic Preservation Fund.

National Preservation Awards nominations now open
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Jan. 17, 2022
Nominations for the 2022 National Preservation Awards will be accepted through Feb. 17.

Sheriff’s House rehabilitation to begin in 2022
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Jan. 14, 2022
A $5.4 million commitment from the National Park Service will rehabilitate the Sheriff’s House at First State National Historical Park.

Grant to facilitate work with descendant community
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Dec. 13, 2021
A $5,000 grant will support HCA’s work with the descendant community at the John Dickinson Plantation.

Recapturing the stories of Black beaches
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Dec. 10, 2021
An oral history initiative at the Zwaanendael Museum aims to memorialize what being Black at Delaware’s beaches has meant historically.

Underrepresented Community Grants available
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Oct. 14, 2021
Last call for applications to the National Park Service Underrepresented Community Grants Program! The deadline is Jan. 11, 2022.

Articles on future plans for Hockessin Colored School #107
Historic school educated Black children during the segregation era.

Delaware school in Brown v. Board of Education case to launch diversity and inclusion center
WHYY, Wilmington, Del. — Dec. 16, 2021

Hockessin Colored School #107 moves closer to starting its next chapter
Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del. — Dec. 14, 2021

Delaware’s Native American tribes acquire ancestral lands
Purchases aid Lenapé and Nanticoke tribes.

Nanticoke Indians gifted 30 acres of ancestral lands
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del. — Dec. 10, 2021

Joining forces to restore ancestral lands to Nanticoke and Lenape tribes
WHYY, Wilmington, Del. — Dec. 6, 2021

Madeline Dunn on 45+ years with the division
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Nov. 19, 2021
Veteran employee discusses her career and changes at the agency and the National Register.

Advocacy for historic preservation tax credits
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Nov. 18, 2021
Preservation enhancements proposed as part of Build Back Better legislation that is being debated in Congress.

Reflections on PastForward 2021
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Nov. 17, 2021
Inclusive History Researcher Carolanne Deal shares her thoughts on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s virtual conference.

Interviews gather the history of DuPont Schools
Bay to Bay News, Dover, Del. — Nov. 14, 2021
Schools educated Black children during the segregation era.

Lewes BOA upholds city’s position on net reel
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del. — Nov. 5, 2021
Town’s historic preservation commission ruled that the menhaden fishing artifact must be removed from its current site.

Historic preservation grants available
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Oct. 14, 2021
National Park Service applications due in December 2021 and January 2022. Delaware Preservation Fund applications due Dec. 17, 2021.

Iron Hill area church added to National Register
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Oct. 4, 2021
African Union Church and Cemetery of Iron Hill, located southwest of Newark, Del., listed on Sept. 9, 2021.

Preservation Delaware 2021 Conference
Preservation Delaware, Lewes
Historic-preservation-related sessions to be held virtually, via Zoom, from Oct. 21 to 23, 2021.

Historic Hockessin Colored School #107 being preserved, transformed into diversity center
WPVI TV 6, Philadelphia, Pa. — Sept. 16, 2021
School educated students of color during the segregation era.

Rally organizers say: ‘Keep the net reel here’
Cape Gazette, Lewes, Del. — Sept. 10, 2021
Lewes historic preservation commission ruled that the menhaden fishing artifact must be removed from its current site.

Enlighten Me: Newark Union Cemetery
Delaware Public Media, Dover — Aug. 6, 2021
Founded in the late 17th century, the cemetery and its associated church were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2020.

Progress made on Newark Union Church restoration
Delaware Public Media, Dover — Aug. 6, 2021
Built in 1845, the property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2020.

Keeping the Faith
Delaware Today, Wilmington, Del. — Aug. 2, 2021
Baptist congregation embraces its church building’s deep roots as the former heart of Wilmington’s Ukrainian community.

Picking up the preservation baton at Newark Union Church and Cemetery
Delaware Public Media, Dover — July 9, 2021
Built in 1845, the property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2020.

Historic tombstones stolen from Greenwood cemetery
News Journal, Wilmington, Del. — June 16, 2021
Thefts discovered on June 15, 2021.

Brown v. Board of Education Site Expansion Act
National Trust for Historic Preservation Resource Library, Washington, D.C. — June 2, 2021
Testimony in support of legislation that would create National Park Service Affiliated Areas in Delaware, Virginia, and the District of Columbia for sites associated with the Brown v. Board of Education case.

Archaeologist honored for his work researching Cooch’s Bridge Battlefield
Newark Post, Del. — May 13, 2021
Wade Catts receives History Award Medal from the Cooch’s Bridge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

New Castle County moves to protect historic properties it buys
Delaware Public Media, Dover — May 12, 2021
Measure requires county to rezone, with a historic overlay, any eligible properties it purchases.

Alice Guerrant honored with award
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — May 10, 2021
Former division archaeologist named Delaware Department of State Employee of the Fourth Quarter.

Upgrades finished at George Read House
Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del. — April 23, 2021
Mechanical work completed at National Historic Landmark in New Castle.

Wilmington’s historic Brown House gets a reprieve
Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del. — April 23, 2021
National-Register-listed property was built circa 1820.

Statement from the National Trust Condemning Race-Based Hatred, Violence, and Misinformation
National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, D.C. — March 22, 2021
Support declared for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in the wake of recent attacks.

Articles on potential demolition of Wilmington’s Brown House
National-Register-listed property was built circa 1820.

Battlelines drawn in fight over preserving Wilmington’s historic Brown House
Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del. — March 26, 2021

The history of Wilmington’s Brown House
Delaware Public Media, Dover, Del. — March 26, 2021

Historians voice concerns about warehouses planned for near Cooch’s Bridge site
Newark Post, Del. — Feb. 17, 2021
Native American and Revolutionary War archaeological sites threatened.

A piece of Browntown history in danger of being torn down
WDEL Radio, Wilmington, Del. — Feb. 16, 2021
National-Register-listed Dr. John Brown Mansion threatened.

Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation meeting to take place remotely on Feb. 24, 2021
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Feb. 10, 2021
Board to review National Register nomination for the African Union Church and Cemetery of Iron Hill.

Division welcomes architectural historian … and bids farewell to long-time archaeologist
Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Dover, Del. — Jan. 27, 2021
Hello to Emily Whaley; thanks to Alice Guerrant for decades of service.

Articles on preservation efforts at Weldin House
Original section of division-owned property in north Wilmington was built in 1790.

Long-running efforts to forge a future for the Weldin House bear fruit
Delaware Public Media, Dover — Jan. 29, 2021

What does the future hold for the Weldin House?
Delaware Public Media, Dover — Jan. 29, 2021