Auburn Heights Preserve

Auburn Heights

3000 Creek Road, Box 36, Yorklyn, DE 19736
Phone: (302) 239-5687
Fax: (302) 239-5680
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Overview

A timeless 1897 Victorian Queen Anne estate perfect for hosting an open-air formal affair or business function. Nestled in historic Yorklyn, Delaware and just a minute from Pennsylvania, the former Thomas Marshall estate is a unique location for events ranging from rehearsal dinners to small business meetings. Surrounding grounds and the beautiful rose arbor are available for tenting in groups of up to 125. The sunporch and patio are also available for smaller events. Weddings can take place under the rose arbor or on the sprawling wraparound porch. The grand interior of the mansion is preserved as a museum showcasing the Marshall family’s life but is available for photography sessions as part of your life event. Special arrangements can also be made for mansion tours for your guests or a Stanley Steamer vehicle ride as part of your event. The park includes the Auburn Steam Museum, featuring the world’s largest operating collection of Stanley steam cars. In addition, the Auburn Valley Railroad boasts a 1/8th-size coal-fired steam passenger train that circles the property. Both the Steam Museum and the railroad can also be booked as part of your special event as an additional fee.

Rentals start at $600 for wedding ceremony only, and $1600 or $1800 for ceremony and reception for four or five hours respectively.

 

Site Details

The Auburn Heights grounds, hard surfaces and the beautiful rose arbor are available for tenting in groups of up to 125. The outdoor wraparound front porch, front yard and patio are also available for smaller events of up to 25.

Site Specifications

  • A/V capabilities: No
  • Handicapped accessible: Yes
  • Kitchen facilities: No
  • Outdoor capabilities: Yes
  • Overnight accommodations: No

Directions

Auburn Heights is located at 3000 Creek Road, Box 36, Yorklyn, DE 19736.


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Group and event parking is located across the street from the mansion.

History

Completed in 1897, Auburn Heights was built overlooking the Marshall Brothers Paper Mill in Yorklyn, Delaware by Israel and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Marshall. In 1901, the mill began to produce vulcanized fiber products commonly used in suitcases, footlockers, and other products. The mill eventually passed out of Marshall family hands in the mid-1950s.

Inspired by the large steam power plants in the mill, T. Clarence Marshall, the youngest of Israel and Lizzie's children built his first steam car at age 19 by replacing the small internal combustion engine of an Orient Buckboard with a steam power plant.

From 1910 until 1920, Marshall was a dealer for the Stanley Motor Carriage Company. He owned several Stanley steam cars during that time. In 1940, Clarence began collecting steam cars when he bought back a 1913 model 76 Stanley that he had originally sold as a dealer.

Home from duty after World War II, Tom Marshall, Clarence's son began working with his father to expand the collection and added a 1/8-size steam railway on the Auburn Heights property. In the 1970s, Tom opened the collection to the public under the name "The Magic Age of Steam." Tom Marshall founded the "Steam Team" in 1997 to pass along to interested individuals his knowledge and experience operating and maintaining the steam vehicles. The "Steam Team" has grown into the Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve. The non-profit Friends group operates the Marshall Steam Museum on the property as well as the steam cars and railroad. Tom and Ruth Marshall donated the Auburn Heights property to the State of Delaware in November 2008

Catering and Tenting

Authorized Auburn Heights Caterers

Bachetti Bros. Catering
Laura Morris
302-994-4467
4723 B Kirkwood Hwy
Wilmington, DE 19808
Sells alcohol: No
Serves alcohol: No
www.bachettis.com

Bethany Blues
Kathy Callahan
302-644-2500
18385 Coastal Hwy
Lewes, DE 19958
Sells alcohol: Yes
Serves alcohol: Yes
www.bethanyblues.com

Big Fish Grill
Susan Sokowski
302-226-1375
P.O. Box 501
Rehoboth, DE 19971
Sells alcohol: Yes
Serves alcohol: Yes
www.bigfishgrill.com

Bixby's Caterers
Lisa Bixby
302-791-0360
2107 Harrison Ave.
Wilmington, DE 19809
Sells alcohol: No
Serves alcohol: Yes
www.bixbyscaterers.com

Brandywine Catering
Ted Pace
610-459-3705
1410 Baltimore Pike, Unit 1
Chadds Ford PA 19317
Sells alcohol: No
Serves alcohol: Yes
www.brandywinecatering.com

Brandywine Prime
Michael Majewski
610-388-8088
1617 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Sells alcohol: No
Serves alcohol: No
www.brandywineprime.com

Caffe Gelato
Ryan German
302-533-0201
90 East Main Street
Newark, DE 19711
Sells alcohol: Yes
Serves alcohol: Yes
www.caffegelato.net

Feastivities Events
Bernice Cornell
215-475-3338
440 Domino Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Sells alcohol: No
Serves alcohol: No
www.feastivitiesevents.com

Fork and Flask at Nage
(302) 226-2037
Kathy McDonald
19730 Coastal Hwy.
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Sells alcohol: Yes
Serves alcohol: Yes
www.forkandflask.com

J. Scott Catering
Scott Walsh
610-725-9420
189 Pennsylvania Ave.
Malvern, PA 19355
Sells alcohol: No
Serves alcohol: No
www.jscottcatering.com

Just Hooked
Katie Green
(410) 615-2560
1500 Coastal Hwy.
Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Sells alcohol: Yes
Serves alcohol: Yes
www.justhookedfi.com

McFadden Catering, Inc.
Kevin McFadden
609-820-0200
831 Stone Rd.
Laurel Springs, NJ 08021
Sells alcohol: No
Serves alcohol: No
www.mcfaddencatering.com

Movable Feast, Inc.
Gail Ashe
302-656-8892
2510 West 5th Street
Wilmington, DE 19805
Sells alcohol: No
Serves alcohol: No
www.movablefeastde.com

The Georgia House of Millsboro
Christin Headley
302-934-6737
119 Main Street
Millsboro, DE 19968
Sells alcohol: No
Serves alcohol: Yes
www.eatgh.com

The Greenery Caterers
Craig Trostle
(302) 472-2433
321 East Lea Boulevard
Wilmington, DE 19802
Sells alcohol: No   Serves alcohol: Yes
www.greenerycaterers.com

Toscana Catering
Emma Gilroy or Cindy Berkowitz
302-654-8877
1412 N DuPont St.
Wilmington DE, 19806
emma@bigchefguy.com or cindy@bigchefguy.com
Sells alcohol: Yes
Serves alcohol: Yes
www.toscanacatering.com

Mobile Food Trucks

The Roaming Raven
Morgan DeMarco
302-894-1200
108 Peoples Plaza
Newark, DE 19702
Sells alcohol: Yes
Serves alcohol: Yes
www.theroamingraven.com

Woodside Farm Creamery
Janet Mitchell
302-239-9847
1310 Little Baltimore Rd.
Hockessin, DE 19707
Sells alcohol: No
Serves alcohol: No
www.woodsidefarmcreamery.com

Pizza Capo
Anthony Rohrer
(302) 737-1961
5 Augment Ct.
Newark, DE 19713
Sells alcohol: No
Serves alcohol: No
www.pizzacapode.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authorized Auburn Heights Tent Vendors

ACTION SPECIAL EVENT & RENTALS
Kevin Weeks | (302) 366-0749
8B Mill Park Court
Newark, DE 19713
www.actiontentevent.com

COASTAL RENTALS AND HYDRAULICS, LLC
Zachary McCarthy | (302) 539-5211
35283 Atlantic Avenue
Millville, DE 19967
www.coastalrentalsde.com

DOVER TENTS & EVENTS
Meghan Clapp Garrison | (302) 739-0860
35 Commerce Way, Ste. 180
Dover, DE 19904
www.tentsevents.net

DIAMOND STATE PARTY RENTAL
Suzanne Draper | (302) 777-6677
53 Germay Drive
Wilmington, DE 19804
www.diamondstatepartyrentals.com

Reservations

Call the Special Events Office at (302) 761-6952 for information, or use our online contact form. A reservation packet will be sent upon request.