Saturday, September 16, 2017  1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Read House & Gardens, National Historic Landmark -


2017 Farm2Fork


SEPTEMER 16, 2017

Join the Delaware Historical Society and the New Castle Historical Society
for a full day of fun at the third annual Farm2Fork!

1:00-3:00 p.m.
Read House Garden

Farm2ForkEnjoy a family-friendly session in our 19th century garden. This backyard expo will bring together community organizations to explore issues of food access and urban gardens through education and fun! 3B: Brae’s Brown Bags, Food Bank of Delaware, Southbridge Youth Farm, Delaware Center for Horticulture, Planting Hope Urban Farm, Delaware Urban Farm and Food Coalition, the New Castle Conservation District, and Greenbank Mills and Philips Farm will be on hand with educational games, activities, and plants for sale. Tour the Read House kitchen and participate in activities that provide the historical connection to these contemporary food issues.   

Admission is a food donation that will go to the Food Bank of Delaware* or a suggested monetary donation of $1.25, $5.00, or $7.00.  According to the World Bank, over 1 billion people in developing countries live on $1.25 a day or less; $5.00 is the average cost of a fast food meal per person; and $7.00 is what the USDA calculates the average food cost per person per day according to a “moderate plan” for a family of four.  The monetary donations will be divided among the participating organizations.

*Items needed at the Food Bank of Delaware: whole grain pasta, canned or dried beans, peanut butter, canned tuna, salmon or chicken, canned vegetables, 100% juice, canned fruits, hot and cold cereals, healthy snacks.


Cider Making Class, The Arsenal
3:30-5:00 p.m.
$45 individual /  $55 couple
Limit 12 stations (12- 24 people
Reservations Required: (302) 655-7161
If you would like to purchase tickets on the day of the event, please call The Arsenal at 302-322-2794.

Learn to make your very own hard cider!
In this class you will learn the basic information needed to make your very own small batch of hard cider. The class covers the entire process from apple to bottle and includes the needed equipment to make a one gallon batch. Each station (1-2 students) leaves with a gallon of juice to be made into cider and the knowledge to finish it. There will also be a tasting of a variety of ciders. Time permitting,  we will discuss how the cider making process can be adapted to making mead and sample some meads. Led by cider maker Ryan Rice with Liquid Alchemy Beverages.


Whiskey Tastings, Tap Room, Read House & Gardens
6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
$25 members / $30 non-members
$25 for teachers - Celebrate back-to-school with a few drinks!
Limit 15 people per tasting
Reservations Required: (302) 655-7161
If you would like to purchase tickets on the day of the event, please call The Arsenal at 302-322-2794.

New Castle Historical Society Executive Director Daniel Citron will lead a tasting and discussion of field to glass whiskeys.


 Farm2Fork is a full day of fun!


For questions and further information please call (302) 655-7161.                  

Delaware Historical Society              

New Castle Historical Society
  Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm Brae's Brown Bags Foundation

New Castle Conservation District



Delaware Center for Horticulture       Southbridge Youth Farm         Food Bank of Delaware       Liquid Alchemy


Read House & Gardens, National Historic Landmark


Read House & Gardens
42 The Strand
New Castle, Delaware 19720
(302) 322-8411

On the New Castle riverfront, in the heart of the old city, the twenty-two room, 14,000-square-foot National Historic Landmark Read House dominates the streetscape with a monumental simplicity and distinctive Philadelphia architectural style. Designed for George Read II, son of a Delaware signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the house combined innovative Federal period design and advanced technological systems to create comfort and refinement.

Outside formal gardens installed in 1848 provided enjoyment for the late nineteenth and early twentieth century residents and continue to delight visitors today. Beneath the soil the layered history of Delaware's earliest inhabitants and settlers survives. Their story unfolds through ongoing archaeology on the property.


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(302) 655-7161  deinfo@dehistory.org
505 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
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The Delaware Historical Society is the statewide, non-profit organization that explores, preserves, shares, and promotes Delaware history, heritage, and culture to strengthen our community.