Pick Your Poison: A Wine and Chocolate Tasting Event
Friday, February 08, 2019  6:00 PM
Copeland Room, Delaware History Museum - Wilmington


Valentine Card_DHS Ephemera Collection, 1910_12In 1898, Mrs. Cordelia Botkin was arrested in San Francisco for the murder of two women in Dover, Delaware. How could someone 3,000 miles away kill women in a state she claimed to have never visited? The answer lay in a box of poisoned chocolates and the US Postal Service. It was the first “murder by mail” and had newspapers across the country turning their attention to Delaware as the drama began to unfold. What could bring a woman to kill someone she had never met?

The answer was simple: Love. Mrs. Botkin was having an affair with the husband of one of her victims and the public couldn’t get enough of the scandal. A desire to hear the sordid details of the affair and murder had San Francisco courtrooms packed to capacity, because let’s face it, who doesn’t love a good love story.

In the almost 130 years since the Poison Candy Murder, Delawareans have continued falling in and out of love, sending love letters and tokens of affection, and creating scandals that give their neighbors something to gossip about.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Delaware Historical Society as we share some of the more “romantic” items from our collections. Enjoy a wine and chocolate tasting while hearing tales of love and love-gone-wrong from Delaware’s own history. These are the stories you won’t read in a textbook.

So, come pick your poison and enjoy some bon-bons. Because nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like a box of chocolates.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is SOLD OUT. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please call (302) 655-7161.
Thank you for your interest.

Must be 21 or over to attend.
Space is limited. Registration required: $10.00 for Members, $15.00 for Non-members.

FREE PARKING is available courtesy of Colonial Parking on the corner of 6th and Shipley Streets.



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