Friends of Belmont Hall Meeting
The Friends of Belmont Hall holds meetings on the third Wednesday of most months.
Wednesday January 15th at 7:00 pm at Belmont Hall
December 14th – Annual Christmas at Belmont Hall
A Civil War Christmas at Belmont Hall
The Fourth Annual Christmas at Belmont Hall: A Civil War Christmas, will be on Saturday December 14th from 1 to 4 pm. Enjoy the beautiful historic home decorated for the season by the Duck Creek Horticultural Society and get in the holiday spirit while learning how Christmas was celebrated 150 years ago during the Civil War.
You and your family can experience Living History as you walk through a Civil War military encampment and chat with re-enactors from the 2nd Delaware Voluntary Infantry while they tend a fire and portray camp activities that may have occurred during the Christmas season. Talk one on one with the soldiers and watch demonstrations including a musket firing.
To learn more about life during the Civil War, you will want to attend the presentations that will be held inside Belmont Hall. A member of the 2nd Delaware will present, “A Glimpse of Daily Life” that focuses on the life of civilians especially women and children during this time of war between the states. Representatives from the Buffalo Soldiers will share the legacy of these famed all African-American Army regiments and their significance in American history.
Ride in a horse drawn sleigh on the grounds and listen to readings of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Jolly Ole St. Nick will greet the children so bring your camera. Children will be able to make a Civil War era ornament to hang on their tree at home. Everyone can sing along with Fieldsoup, the 2nd Delaware Voluntary Infantry camp band as they play Civil War songs and carols.
Top off your afternoon with gingerbread men and wassail.
Admission including all activities is $5 for adults and $2 for children.
Visit www.belmonthall.org for details and the schedule of events or call 302 264 9048. Belmont Hall is located at 713 Smyrna Leipsic Road in Smyrna. The entrance is the first left off of Smyrna Leipsic Road after turning east off of the DuPont Hwy. (Rt. 13).
Christmas Open House at the Smyrna Museum
The Smyrna Museum is inviting everyone to a Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 17 from 10 am to 2 pm. Take a tour of the brick two story house, the “Barracks,” built in the 1790’s and the Plank House from the early 1700’s that make up the Smyrna Museum Complex. Both buildings have been beautifully decorated for the holidays by the Duck Creek Horticultural Society.
See the exhibit “The Civil War in Smyrna”. Hear the story of the first lottery drawing for a Delaware state draft of soldiers to serve in the Civil War that was held on the front porch on August 12, 1863 and see the large portrait of Col.Edwin Wilmer, a Smyrna native, who was in charge of this Union draft lottery. Refreshments will be served.
The museum is located at 11 South Main Street, Smyrna. Free to all!
Sunday December 15th –
Holiday Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Smyrna
Catch the Christmas spirit and get ideas for decorating at the Holiday Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Smyrna on Sunday, December 15!
This self-guided walking tour will feature lovely outdoor displays and several downtown houses open to tour.
Belmont Hall is participating in this tour by having an Open House on Sunday Dec. 15th from 2 pm – 4 pm. Start at Belmont Hall. After taking a guided tour of beautifully decorated Belmont Hall, pick up a map for this self-guided walking tour and drive into downtown Smyrna to enjoy the decorations and open houses there. The Holiday Walking Tour in Smyrna is from 3 until 6 pm and is sponsored by the Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association. This event is free but donations to support the façade and business grant programs will be accepted.
You can pick up your map for this free walking tour from 2 – 4 pm on Sunday Dec. 15th at Belmont Hall or from the Smyrna Museum at 11 South Main Street from 10 am-1 pm on Saturday, December 14th or from 3-5 pm on Sunday, December 15.
Historic Smyrna Quilt Exhibit
Thursday March 27th, Friday March 28th, Saturday March 1st, and Sunday March 2nd
Eggsciting Easter Event
Sunday April 13th