Belmont Hall

Belmont Hall, a Georgian mansion built in 1773, is one of the most treasured and historic houses in Delaware.  Surrounded by spacious grounds and beautiful gardens, Belmont is a fascinating place to  visit.  Arrange a tour or come to one of our special events where you will learn about local and state history, hear stories about the people who have called Belmont home, and enjoy the pleasant grounds.

This magnificent mansion surrounded by stately trees, rolling lawns, and lovely gardens is available to make your own special event a lifetime memory.  Imagine holding your business meeting or entertaining guests at a party or wedding at this unique setting. Read more…

Join the Friends of Belmont Hall

Join us in becoming an active member.  Working together we can meet the goals of  the mission of the Friends of Belmont Hall.

Next meetings

Wednesday Oct. 15 at 7:00 pm at Belmont Hall

Wednesday Nov. 19 at 7:00 pm at Belmont Hall

 The Friends of Belmont Hall holds meetings on the third Wednesday of most months.  Please join us!

See  About Friends of Belmont Hall


Future Events:

Volunteer Recruitment Event  Sunday October 19th at 2 pm

     Join us on Sunday October 19th at 2 pm for our Belmont Hall Volunteer Event!  Come and enjoy refreshments and learn about becoming a member of the Friends of Belmont Hall and about the opportunities to volunteer with us !

     Learn about volunteer positions that would fit your interests or expertise while helping to maintain and preserve this historic property!  Some of these positions are grounds and gardens keeper, tour docents and greeters, rental monitors, special event coordinators, planners and helpers!

Please join us!


Historic Belmont Hall is available for tours of 4 or more by appointment.

Belmont Hall is open for tours by appointment.  Call 302-264-9048 or email to schedule your tour.

  • Adults:   $3.00
  • Students K – 12:   $1.00       
  • Members: Free

School tours and large groups over 25  need to be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance.

Arrangements can be made to tour the Smyrna Museum before or after your tour of Belmont Hall.  Located at 11 South Main Street, the Smyrna Museum Complex consists of  the Barracks, a Georgian brick house built in the late 1790′s, and the Plank House built in the early 1700′s.  There is no charge to tour the Smyrna Museum.   See  for more information.

If you wish to tour Belmont Hall and the Smyrna Museum on the same day, we can schedule both tours.


Local Happenings:

 Saturday October 18           

Historic Haunted Investigation Tour!

Have you ever wanted to be a ghost hunter??

Ever wondered how paranormal investigations work?

This is your chance to become part of the team!

Delmarva Historic Haunts, Inc., a history friendly paranormal group based in Milford, will be conducting haunted tours and paranormal investigations in Smyrna on September 13 and October 18! They want you to be part of their investigation!

Come along as they investigate the Smyrna Museum and the Plank House, as well as, the Delaware House and the Presley Spruance House.

Both dates offer two tour times: 7:30 pm or 10:30 pm. All groups will begin and end at the Smyrna Museum.

Ticket prices are $25 per person.  You must be 13 or older to attend this event.

All ticket sales benefit the Duck Creek Historical Society, our local non-profit organization that oversees, and staffs the always free Smyrna Museum.

Advanced Payment and Registration is Required

  Contact us today to secure your space!         302.653.1320


ALLEN McLANE (Native of Smyrna)

Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Wesley College

Allen McLane

The Allen McLane Public Symposium will bring the life and military career of this noted son of Delaware, Allen McLane, to the attention of the people of our state and beyond. He has been called the “Unknown Hero of the Revolution,” “Delaware’s Daredevil” and “Washington’s Favorite Cavalryman.”

McLane was a patriot, partisan leader, soldier, and spy for eight years during the Revolutionary War. Subsequently, he was a government servant, Delaware’s first marshal, member of the Privy Council, member of the House of Assembly, and magistrate, and then for 32 years served as the Collector of the Port of Wilmington.

The symposium’s impressive list of speakers includes: John Nagy, author of Invisible Ink; Glenn Williams, military historian; Chuck Fithian, retired HCA archaeologist; Edith McLane Edson, descendant of McLane and writer; Robert A. Selig, writer and noted Rochambeau Revolution Route advocate; and Michael Lloyd, long-time McLane researcher. Also featured will be a presentation by the 1st Delaware Regiment and a portrayal of Allen McLane by Tom Welch. Delaware State University Professor Samuel Hoff will serve as the master of ceremonies.
Participants will receive a free copy of the booklet “Allen McLane –Patriot, Soldier, Spy, Port Collector,” which has been written by a team of scholars, researchers and historians, each of whom has a unique perspective on the McLane story. Some of the same writers will be presenting at the symposium.

The symposium will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 9:00am until 3:30pm at Wesley College’s Peninsula Room, in the du Pont College Center, 120 No. State Street in Dover, DE. Parking is available in the lot at Fulton and Bradford Streets.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Luncheon is available for $10. Registration is at 8:30am. Preregistration is available by calling Tom Welch at 302-632-1803 or by email at

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Primary sponsors include the Caesar Rodney Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Wesley College History Department, the Delaware Historical Society, the Delaware State Society of the Cincinnati and the American Revolution Roundtable of Northern Delaware.
Co-sponsors include the Friends of the Delaware Public Archives, the Claymont Historical Society, the Friends of Old Dover, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, the Friends of Belmont Hall, the Duck Creek Historical Society, the Friends of John Dickinson Mansion, and the 1st Delaware Regiment. Gifts have also been made by Ginger Trader, Troy and Carolyn Foxwell, Matthew and Nancy Barlow, Claudia Onkean, Tom Welch, the James Family, and Kim Burdick.


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Delaware Sampler Identification Days

Sponsored by the Sampler Consortium and the Sampler Archive Project

Bring your antique needlework samplers to the fall Sampler ID Day to be photographed and documented for the Sampler Archive Project, a national online sampler database.


Saturday, November 22, 2014        10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Historic Odessa Foundation, 201 Main Street, Odessa, DE


 If you have more than two samplers, please contact Ryan Grover at 302 674-2111 ext. 108 or to make an appointment.





























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