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Barratt’s Chapel and Museum: a historic hidden gem

Barratts Chapel and MuseumAs travelers drive along route 1 in Delaware, they often wonder what is the significance of this iconic brick structure. Built in 1780, Barratt’s Chapel is the oldest surviving Methodist church building in the United States built by and for Methodists. Its rich history and heritage is well preserved not only in its simple yet, stately architecture but, within the museum artifacts including journals, sermons and primary documents offering a glimpse into the history of Methodism in the United States.

On November 14, 1784, Methodist pioneers Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury met at Barratt’s Chapel. On this day baptism and communion were celebrated for the first time by ordained Methodist preachers.  This was a symbolic declaration that the Methodists were going to become a church independent of the Church of England. Coke and Asbury made plans for a meeting on Christmas Day in Baltimore at which the Methodist Episcopal Church was officially organized. Barratt’s Chapel thus earned the title of “Independence Hall of American Methodism.” A star is placed in the floor of the Chapel commemorates the historic meeting of Coke and Asbury.

The late Dr. William H. Williams of the University of Delaware stated, “Today Barratt’s Chapel stands as both the most important Methodist historical structure in the nation, and in terms of national history, the most insignificant historical building, secular or religious, on the entire Delmarva Peninsula.” As one of the featured locations on the Delaware History Trail, this site is a hidden gem filled with historical significance.

There are three special services held at Barratt’s Chapel each year. The anniversary of the meeting of Coke and Asbury is celebrated with a worship service the afternoon of the second Sunday of November. Every December Barratt’s Chapel and Museum offers a Christmas Carol Service usually on the first Sunday afternoon of December. On Christmas Eve a candlelight communion service is celebrated at 5:00. 

Throughout the year, the location is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Chapel is also available for weddings and other special services. To schedule tours or to make an appointment with the curator, please call (302) 335-5544 or e-mail barratts@aol.com


posted on: Friday, Sep 28, 2012 4:10 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 09/28/12 to 09/30/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend!  Planning your next trip? Order now to receive the Official State Travel Guide with trip itineraries, accommodation and attraction listings and much more at http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/travel-guide.  

NASCAR Race Weekend at Dover International Speedway
September 28 – 30, 2012
NASCAR comes to Dover September 28-30 with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Dover offers a variety of fan friendly and family value ticket packages. Call 1-800-441-RACE (7223). For more information, go to http://ow.ly/e0Na0.

Delaware Dines Out
September 24 – 30, 2012
Celebrate Delaware’s biggest restaurant week. Visit their website for participating restaurants and menus at http://ow.ly/e0S76.

Fringe Wilmington Festival
September 26 – 30, 2012
Various times
The Fringe Wilmington Festival is Delaware's five-day celebration of unconventional and experimental art. To view the schedule, visit http://fringewilmingtonde.com.

Pea Patch Paranormal Adventures at Fort Delaware
Friday, September 28, 2012
Begins at 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a three-hour autumn recreational paranormal investigation. Take part in an actual investigation with the Delaware Ghost Hunters. Ages 12 and older. Boat departs from Delaware City dock promptly at 6:30. $40 per person. For more information, call (302) 834-7941.

Free admission to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, September 29, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Refuge’s $4.00 entrance fee will be waived on September 29, 2012, to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Bombay Hook is open from sunrise to sunset and invites individuals and families to tour the 12-mile wildlife drive and to walk the 5 short walking trails. The Refuge provides a variety of habitats for wildlife. Migratory waterfowl are starting to arrive and a variety of shorebirds and tall wading birds are still present on the Refuge. This is also a good time of year to look for migratory raptors. For more information, call (302) 653-6872.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
Saturday, September 29, 2012
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine during which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket...for free. Limit: One ticket per household, for two people. Download your ticket at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.

Tour the historical John Dickinson Plantation
Saturday, September 29, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
A featured located on the Delaware History Trail, the Visitor Center at the John Dickinson Plantation contains an exhibit on the life of John Dickinson, as well as the history of the plantation and the tours are conducted by historic interpreters dressed in 18th Century attire. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/e0OCR.

Annual Taste of Newark
Sunday, September 30, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Located on Old College Lawn (rain location: Clayton Hall) and Featuring over 50 restaurants, 30 wineries, celebrity cooking demonstrations and the always popular "Battle of the Chefs, " this event will tempt your palate and is sure to please! For more information, call (302) 366-7030.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware History Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/history
Delaware Wine & Ale Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/wineandale
Delaware Geocaching Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/geo

For additional event calendars, visit:


posted on: Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 1:31 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 09/21/12 to 09/23/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend!  Planning your next trip? Order now to receive the Official State Travel Guide with trip itineraries, accommodation and attraction listings and much more at http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/travel-guide.

St. Hedwig’s Polish Festival (Wilmington)
September 17 – 22, 2012
Begins at 5:30 p.m.
Where great food and entertainment bring people together! We offer the best in family entertainment & dining. Admission is free! Parking is free. Visit the midway for family fun or dance the night away to your favorite polkas! For more information, call 302-425-4890.

"The American Eagle: Symbol of Freedom and Enterprise to the du Pont Family" exhibit at Hagley Museum and Library
Recurrring until January 2013
The image of the eagle has been an important icon in the history of the du Pont family. The du Pont family came to America on the ship “American Eagle," the DuPont Company's first product was Eagle Gun Powder, and decorative arts collected by Mrs. Louise du Pont Crowninshield were adorned with eagles, a common symbolic element in Federal-style furnishings. This exhibit is on display in the du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills. Included in regular admission and tour. Free for members. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/dQcjU.

Fun Friday! Oktoberfest in downtown Lewes
Friday, September 21, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Come listen to an Oom Pah band and enjoy your favorite German food! Businesses in the Historic Lewes Commercial District will offer German-themed merchandise and menu items. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/dPWh9.

Oktoberfest at the Delaware Saengerbund
September 21 – 23, 2012
Friday (5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.); Saturday (12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.); Sunday (12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Fun for the whole family! Opening parade is Friday at 7pm. There will be Bavarian dancers and a German band for your entertainment. Numerous selections of German delicacies as well as imported gifts and souvenirs. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/dQ6Br.

Bike to the Bay
September 22 and 23, 2012
Day-of registration from 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Cyclists can choose from four one-day rides: the 100-mile century, 75 miles, 45 miles, or 17 miles.  Or cyclists can challenge themselves to the two-day 150 or 175-mile route.  All the rides travel through scenic southern Delaware. For more information, call 302-655-5610.

Fifer Orchards Fall Fest
Saturday, September 22, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bring the whole family to enjoy a day on the farm while discovering the 6-acre corn maze, straw slides, pumpkin painting and much more! For more information, go to http://ow.ly/dQ9B1.

Brewery Tours at Old Dominion Brewing

Saturday, September 22, 2012

12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, five samples and a pint glass to take home. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/dQ9G5.

Fall Equinox Labyrinth Walk
Saturday, September 22, 2012
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate the beginning of fall with a walk in the Museum’s Labyrinth in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir! For more information, visit http://ow.ly/dQ9Os.

Delaware Mud Run
Sunday, September 23, 2012
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Delaware Mud Run is a five-kilometer race with boot camp-style obstacles. Participants will slip, slide, and slosh their way through a mud pit and tunnel, overtops walls, and across mud hills and hay mounds. Participants must be 14 years old or older to participate in the Delaware Mud Run. Children ages six to 13 are invited to take part in the 1.5-mile Delaware Mud Run, Jr. next June. This event is located at Frightland in Middletown, DE. For more information, call (302) 218-6424.

Farmer and Foodie Festival
Sunday, September 23, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Stop by the Georgetown Circle on September 23 for the Farmer and Foodie Festival celebrating our local farming community. There will be cooking demonstrations, beer and wine tastings from local breweries and vineyards, carriage rides, live entertainment, pumpkin decorating for the kids and a backyard barbecue competition! For more information, call 302-855-5800.

Bonus trip ideas:

Delaware History Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/history/

Delaware Wine & Ale Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/wineandale/

Delaware Geocaching Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/geo/

For additional event calendars, visit:


posted on: Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012 4:08 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 09/14/12 to 09/16/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend. We hope you have a great weekend!

Melissa Ferrick performance at World Café Live at the Queen
Friday, September 14, 2012
Begins at 8:00 p.m.
Join us at World Cafe Live at the Queen as we welcome singer-songwriter, Melissa Ferrick! For more information, go to http://ow.ly/dwLUr.

Crab feast at the Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware
Friday, September 14, 2012
5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Huge buffet held on our outdoor patio, with bar specials on drafts and drink.  Featuring music by Mikey Junior and Stone Cold Blue. Plus, stay overnight at this affordable hotel with excellent guest service. For more information, call 302-737-0900.

Revolutionary War Reenactment at Brandywine Creek State Park
September 15 – 16, 2012
Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sunday – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join more than 700 historical re-enactors from 11 states, from New Hampshire to South Carolina, as they recreate the Battle of the Brandywine, a battle in the pivotal Philadelphia Campaign of 1777! For more information, go to (302) 577-3534.

Milton Outdoor Antiques Show
Saturday, September 15, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Antique enthusiasts can enjoy a fun day outside in downtown Milton from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, when several dealers will sell their wares. The show will be located outdoors next to the Milton Historical Society’s Lydia Black Cannon Museum at 210 Union St. Admission is $3, and all proceeds will benefit the Milton Historical Society. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/dwLLD.

Arts and Jazz Festival at the Freeman Stage at Bayside
Saturday, September 15, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
A day not to be missed at The Freeman Stage. Stroll the green and enjoy previewing the artwork of Delmarva’s finest artists. Pull up a chair and groove to some of the most talented jazz artists to ever play at the shore--Joe Baione, Grace Kelly and Ron Carter. BYOC--"Bring Your Own Chair.” For more information, go to http://ow.ly/dwLzc.

Stories of the Green at First State Heritage Park
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Every hour beginning at 10:00 a.m. Last tour leaves at 3:00 p.m.
Join us at the First State Heritage Park for free walking tours of The Dover Green led by historical interpreters in period dress! Monday through Saturday, tours begin at the John Bell House (43 The Green). For more information, call (302) 739-9194.

Monarchs for kids at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, September 15, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cindy Stolson will describe the life cycle of a butterfly, how to identify the male and female Monarch Butterfly, outline the migration route of the Monarch to Mexico, and provide Information on the conservation efforts to preserve their winter habitat in Mexico. The class will create a life cycle poster, and take a field trip to look for Monarchs and the milkweed plant it relies on to survive. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (302) 653-9345.

Fenwick Flicks: Free movie on the beach “The Zookeeper”
Sunday, September 15, 2012
Begins at 8:00 p.m.
There's nothing like sitting on the beach and soaking up some sun. But why stop there? Come enjoy the beach under a moon and star filled sky while enjoying a FREE movie! Bring the family to Fenwick Island for our last free family movie night of the summer! Bring your blankets or beach chairs and enjoy an evening on the beach in beautiful Fenwick Island. The movie will start at dusk (approximately 8:00 p.m.) at Bayard Street. For more information, call 302-539-2100.

Hagley Car Show
Sunday, September 16, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Browse through more than 500 antique and restored cars that date from the early 1900s-1980s. The show features vehicle parades, motoring music, video and go-kart racing, and a festival food court. For more information, go to http://ow.ly/dwLOG.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware History Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/history
Delaware Wine & Ale Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/wineandale
Delaware Geocaching Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/geo

For additional event calendars, visit:





posted on: Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 8:27 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Delicious Delaware: Fresh Foods and Markets Aplenty!

Delaware Farmers MarketsIt’s no secret that Delaware is a great place to find farm stands brimming with fresh produce, organic groceries and farmers’ markets offering local-made delicacies. There is a lot to experience in the First State and we’ve packed this section full of suggestions.

Open seven days a week, the Newark Natural Foods Co-op, located at 280 East Main Street in Newark, has been offering organic groceries since 1975. Fresh, pure, healthy and local, describes this welcoming grocery store for both members and non-members. From their wall of bulk honeys to one of the largest selections of organic produce in the state, these folks have taken all the guesswork out of buying the healthiest products around. Their goal is to educate their community and visiting shoppers about eating and thinking healthy while supporting local farmers and businesses.  Their helpful staff rounds out the truly worthwhile trip!

Also nearby is the Delaware Local Food Exchange located inside Nature’s Way on Kirkwood Highway in Wilmington. In addition, “fresh local food at fair prices,” they also offer handmade soaps, gifts and earth-friendly cleaning products.

Delaware OrganicOther noteworthy and wholesome food markets throughout Delaware include Byler’s Market for local Amish foods and country gifts in central Delaware and Good Earth Market & Organic Farm in Clarksville, near the beach area.

During the summer months and into early Fall; you can’t drive too far without passing one of our amazing roadside markets or weekly farmers markets. Check out Webb & Sons Market, on Route 1 in Frederica, the renowned Lewes Farmer’s Market (open on Saturdays between 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) on the scenic grounds of the Lewes Historical Society Complex, the newly launched Smyrna Farmers Market at the Market Street Plaza. And if you crave farm fresh produce head out now for u-pick at Fifers Orchards in Dover (Fifers offers a great local-fresh market stand in Dewey Beach) or the 800-acre farm of T.S. Smith and Sons in Bridgeville. So, pack your appetite and discover Delaware’s delicious farm fresh offerings.


posted on: Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 6:55 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Camping in Delaware

Camping in DelawarePack your sleeping bag, hiking shoes and enjoy a weekend in the wilderness away from the buzz of work life. While staying at one of Delaware’s campgrounds, vistiors can wake up to sunrises on the beach, the sounds of rustling trees and the smell of breakfast over a campfire. Campgrounds in Delaware offer sites for tents, RV hookup, Yurts and renovated cabins.

From Cape Henlopen to Lums Pond, the Delaware State Parks camping sites are family-friendly and open from March 1st through November 30th with the exception of Killens Pond State Park, where visitors can experience year-round camping (weather permitted). Tall Pines Campground Resort also offers year-round cabin accommodations and on-site activities as well as seasonal campsites. Plus, locations such as Delaware Jellystone Park will remain open through Punkin Chunkin weekend at the beginning of November.

Camping in DelawareAs the fall season brings cooler weather and breathtaking scenery, this is an ideal time to experience camping in Delaware. Birding, hiking, canoeing, fishing and biking are just some of the activities visitors will experience on their trip. Various campgrounds also offer easy access to drive on beaches and boat ramps. Travelers can follow the Delaware Geocaching Trail for a high-tech treasure hunt in the great outdoors or enjoy hayrides, live entertainment and nature hikes at the campground sites.

Plan your next camping trip using our online listings or order an Official Delaware Travel Guide.


posted on: Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 6:45 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Running your way through Delaware’s Junction and Breakwater Trail!

Running in DelawareThe fall season at the Delaware beaches can easily be described as a fitness paradise - no gym pass needed.  The conditions are near perfect with no humidity, sunny skies and 70 degree weather – glorious!!  What could be better then lacing up your favorite sneaks and heading out for a magnificent run?!  Leave your iPod at home - the peaceful sounds and sights of leaves falling, the ocean pounding against the beaches and dogs running free (in complete heaven) on the sand – might be the most perfect way to spend an hour and get fit at the same time.

Delaware Breakwater Junction TrailThe Delaware Junction and Breakwater Trail is a favorite place for a long run.  The 5- mile trail (or six if you start in Rehoboth) will take you on a journey though corn stalks, farm life, lush trees, foot-bridges that overlook breath-taking wetlands, and if you’re lucky you’ll get to see a couple of peaceful, doe-eyed deer.  It’s a must for a fall exercise experience! 



posted on: Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 6:23 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 09/07/12 - 09/09/12

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend. We hope you have a great weekend!

Riverwalk Freedom Festival
September 6 - 8, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Come to the Mispillion River in downtown Milford for a 5K walk/run, entertainment, fireworks, vendors, kids activities and food (including BBQ chicken platters!) For more information, call 302-422-3344.

Brandywine Festival of the Arts in Brandywine Park
September 8 - 9, 2012
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Sunday - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Features hundreds of artists and craftspeople from 15 states and Canada along the Brandywine River in downtown Wilmington. Live music, children's activities, food vendors and admission to the Brandywine Zoo.

35th Annual Nanticoke Indian Pow wow
September 8 - 9, 2012
Saturday - 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Sunday - 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
American Indian drummers and singers, 40+ visiting tribes from across Indian country, authentic Indian art & craft vendors, Nanticoke Indian Museum Tours, Native American food and more! For more information, go to http://ow.ly/duQQD

100 Years of Picturing the Nation’s Business exhibit at Hagley Museum
Saturday, September 8, 2012
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Hagley Museum and Library celebrates the 100th anniversary of the United States Chamber of Commerce with this exhibition of photographs that show business in the United States in the twentieth century. The exhibition features original prints from some of the twentieth century’s greatest photographers. For more information, visit http://ow.ly/duQZl

34th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival
Saturday, September 8, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Join more than 100 skilled artists at the premier fine arts festival set against the beautiful backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean on the Bethany Beach boardwalk and surrounding streets. This premier outdoor fine arts festival features local and national artists in an array of mediums from metals to watercolors. For more information, go to

Amish Country Bike Tour
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Registration and optional start times - 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
One of the state's largest and most established cycling event. The bike tour, suited for all ages and abilities, includes 15, 25, 50, 62 and 100-mile loops through the flatlands of Delaware's Amish farmlands. Register online at http://ow.ly/duQAr

Grandparents Day Brunch at Hotel du Pont
Sunday, September 9, 2012
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Become the favorite grandchild in your family by bringing grandma and grandpa to brunch at the Hotel du Pont! Buffet Brunch in the Green Room. For more information, call 302-594-3154.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware History Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/history
Delaware Wine & Ale Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/wineandale
Delaware Geocaching Trail: http://www.visitdelaware.com/geo

For additional event calendars, visit:





posted on: Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 7:05 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Hunting Season in Delaware

Kids and parents know that when the air turns crisp and the days get shorter school is right around the corner. But these changes also signal the return of a favorite pastime for families and friends: Hunting season in Delaware is just a few weeks away, and it’s time to fish out the gear and get ready.

Delaware hunting

Opening day of dove season, on Sept. 1, is always the starting gun for the rest of hunting season and the dog’s first workout to loosen the cobwebs and get back in gear in preparation for the seasons that lie ahead.

Early duck season comes next, and here it’s always a fertile one: Delaware is in the Atlantic Flyway and located on a coastal flat that contains some of the most productive marshes in the country. Theoretically, a hunter can bag up to six ducks per day, which with any luck can be accomplished in a couple of hours or all day depending on many factors such as location, weather and habitat.

After the ducks comes the long-awaited Canada goose season, which is special to my son and I because hunting on opening day is a tradition. We have hunted together on the opening day of goose season since he was a young boy. Now he is my guide, caller and hunting companion. There is nothing better than the banter we share as we sit in the blind and wait for the sunrise.

Delaware huntingTo be outdoors, watching the beauty and bounty all around you, is absolutely awe-inspiring. One of my favorite parts is following the dogs’ eyes stalk the bird, and then watching them work to fetch the fowl. This is all part of the experience of hunting.

Snow Geese are in at the same time, but, as most hunters know, they also have an extended season. They are a hit-or-miss species that can wipe out a cornfield or marsh in a matter of days.

Shotgun deer season usually begins in the second week of November. With plenty of good habitat around, the butcher shops are often loaded with Delaware’s venison.

Delaware hunting

While Wild Turkey and small game can also be bagged in Delaware, the above seasons are the ones that put tourists on the scent to travel and hunt in the First State.

The state’s public land and stewardship provide many opportunities for access to some of the finest hunting land in Delaware. We are also home to two National Wildlife Refuges that provide public hunting access. And the Del. 9 corridor, which runs along the East Coast of Delaware, offers a scenic byway dotted with wildlife areas and access to view the birds that make their way to Delaware each fall.

If you are into hunting, give Delaware a try - you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

*Featured guest blog post by Linda Parkowski – Director of Tourism, State of Delaware.


posted on: Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 1:26 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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