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Auburn Heights Preserve


Delaware State Park’s Newest Attraction

Visitors to Delaware State Park’s newest attraction will see what life was like at the dawn of the automotive age. Auburn Heights Preserve features a furnished mansion completed in 1897 as well as the Marshall Steam Museum with the largest collection of operating steam cars in the world. The collection is owned and operated by the Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve.

The mansion, with its antique furnishings, and the museum, with steam cars and much more, are open to the public on select dates. Please check our program calendar for a complete schedule. Both are also available for tours by appointment. To schedule a tour, call (302) 239-5687. Tours will also be available during special events, such as Steamin’ Day.

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Special thanks go to Tom and Ruth Marshall for their generous donation of Auburn Heights to Delaware State Parks.

Auburn Heights is part of the Delaware History Trail

The History Trail sign is located in the event parking lot across the street from the Auburn Heights mansion. Download your passport today and start discovering what made the First State great!

Upcoming Events

Open House Tours

Saturday, October 20, 2018

1 p.m.

Tour the Auburn Heights Mansion and the Marshall Steam Museum. Please note that there are stairs during the tour. The Marshall Steam Museum houses the world’s largest collection of operating steam cars. Mansion tours – 1 and 3 p.m. Steam Museum tours – 2 p.m. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both

Add to Calendar 10/20/2018 1:00:00 PM 10/20/2018 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Open House Tours Tour the Auburn Heights Mansion and the Marshall Steam Museum. Please note that there are stairs during the tour. The Marshall Steam Museum houses the world’s largest collection of operating steam cars. Mansion tours – 1 and 3 p.m. Steam Museum tours – 2 p.m. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both Auburn Heights State Park

Hike Through History

Saturday, October 20, 2018

11 a.m.

Learn about the industrial and agricultural past of the area and how the Trolley Trail got its name. Meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot on Farm Lane off of Benge Rd. Free

Add to Calendar 10/20/2018 11:00:00 AM 10/20/2018 11:45:00 AM America/New_York Hike Through History Learn about the industrial and agricultural past of the area and how the Trolley Trail got its name. Meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot on Farm Lane off of Benge Rd. Free Auburn Heights State Park

Autumn Plants of the Fields and Forest

Sunday, October 21, 2018

10 a.m.

Kids, hike the Oversee Farm Trail and learn about different types of trees and plants. Create your own natural art to take home. Basic art supplies provided. Registration required. Meet at 1516 Snuff Mill Road. $2 per child

Add to Calendar 10/21/2018 10:00:00 AM 10/21/2018 11:00:00 AM America/New_York Autumn Plants of the Fields and Forest Kids, hike the Oversee Farm Trail and learn about different types of trees and plants. Create your own natural art to take home. Basic art supplies provided. Registration required. Meet at 1516 Snuff Mill Road. $2 per child Auburn Heights State Park

Big Tree and History Tour

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

9 a.m.

Delaware State Parks partners with the Delaware Nature Society (DNS) to tour some of Delaware’s largest trees. Learn how to measure a “Champion” tree and walk the area’s beautiful and historic sites. Cost includes a copy of The Big Trees of Delaware. Visit delawarenaturesociety.org or call (302) 239-2334 to register. $30 per person, $20 DNS members

Add to Calendar 10/23/2018 9:00:00 AM 10/23/2018 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Big Tree and History Tour Delaware State Parks partners with the Delaware Nature Society (DNS) to tour some of Delaware’s largest trees. Learn how to measure a “Champion” tree and walk the area’s beautiful and historic sites. Cost includes a copy of The Big Trees of Delaware. Visit delawarenaturesociety.org or call (302) 239-2334 to register. $30 per person, $20 DNS members Auburn Heights State Park

Steamin' Halloween

Sunday, October 28, 2018

12:30 p.m.

Celebrate Halloween with a special Steamin’ Halloween event, featuring all Steamin’ Day fun, plus special Halloween-themed activities. Costumes are encouraged! Visit auburnheights.org or call (302) 239-2385. Group discounts available. Rides: $11 per adult, $8 under 13 Mansion: $12 per adult, $8 under 13 Combo: $19 per adult, $12 under 13

Add to Calendar 10/28/2018 12:30:00 PM 10/28/2018 4:30:00 PM America/New_York Steamin' Halloween Celebrate Halloween with a special Steamin’ Halloween event, featuring all Steamin’ Day fun, plus special Halloween-themed activities. Costumes are encouraged! Visit auburnheights.org or call (302) 239-2385. Group discounts available. Rides: $11 per adult, $8 under 13 Mansion: $12 per adult, $8 under 13 Combo: $19 per adult, $12 under 13 Auburn Heights State Park

Open House Tours

Friday, November 2, 2018

1 p.m.

Tour the Auburn Heights Mansion and the Marshall Steam Museum. Please note that there are stairs during the tour. The Marshall Steam Museum houses the world’s largest collection of operating steam cars. Mansion tours – 1 and 3 p.m. Steam Museum tours – 2 p.m. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both

Add to Calendar 11/2/2018 1:00:00 PM 11/2/2018 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Open House Tours Tour the Auburn Heights Mansion and the Marshall Steam Museum. Please note that there are stairs during the tour. The Marshall Steam Museum houses the world’s largest collection of operating steam cars. Mansion tours – 1 and 3 p.m. Steam Museum tours – 2 p.m. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both Auburn Heights State Park

Estate Walk

Friday, November 2, 2018

11 a.m.

Learn more about Auburn Heights while enjoying the beautiful grounds. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Meet on the front porch of the Auburn Heights mansion. Parking is on Creek Road across from the mansion. Free

Add to Calendar 11/2/2018 11:00:00 AM 11/2/2018 11:45:00 AM America/New_York Estate Walk Learn more about Auburn Heights while enjoying the beautiful grounds. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Meet on the front porch of the Auburn Heights mansion. Parking is on Creek Road across from the mansion. Free Auburn Heights State Park

Steamin' Day

Sunday, November 4, 2018

12:30 p.m.

Ride our 1/8-size Auburn Valley Railroad and antique Stanley Steam Cars and tour the mansion. This is the day to come! The Queen-Anne Victorian mansion is also open for tours. Visit auburnheights.org or call (302) 239-2385. Group discounts available. Rides: $11 per adult, $8 under 13 Mansion: $12 per adult, $8 under 13 Combo: $19 per adult, $12 under 13

Add to Calendar 11/4/2018 12:30:00 PM 11/4/2018 4:30:00 PM America/New_York Steamin' Day Ride our 1/8-size Auburn Valley Railroad and antique Stanley Steam Cars and tour the mansion. This is the day to come! The Queen-Anne Victorian mansion is also open for tours. Visit auburnheights.org or call (302) 239-2385. Group discounts available. Rides: $11 per adult, $8 under 13 Mansion: $12 per adult, $8 under 13 Combo: $19 per adult, $12 under 13 Auburn Heights State Park

Bil Lepp Storytelling

Sunday, November 4, 2018

2 p.m.

Delaware State Parks is happy to welcome back Bil Lepp, nationally renowned storyteller and five-time winner of the West Virginia Liars Contest. He recounts hilarious tales and ventures through life in this family-friendly program, and we leave it to the listeners to decide if the stories really happened! This program is made possible by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Join us in the mansion's north bedroom. Attendees will be required to walk upstairs; performance is on the second floor. Free with paid park entry.

Add to Calendar 11/4/2018 2:00:00 PM 11/4/2018 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Bil Lepp Storytelling Delaware State Parks is happy to welcome back Bil Lepp, nationally renowned storyteller and five-time winner of the West Virginia Liars Contest. He recounts hilarious tales and ventures through life in this family-friendly program, and we leave it to the listeners to decide if the stories really happened! This program is made possible by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Join us in the mansion's north bedroom. Attendees will be required to walk upstairs; performance is on the second floor. Free with paid park entry. Auburn Heights State Park

Evening at the Museum

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

7 p.m.

Enjoy this evening program series, each with a special theme. Explore the Marshall Steam Museum “behind-the-scenes.” Parking available across the street from the mansion. Visit auburnheights.org for more info. $5 per person, Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve free

Add to Calendar 11/6/2018 7:00:00 PM 11/6/2018 8:30:00 PM America/New_York Evening at the Museum Enjoy this evening program series, each with a special theme. Explore the Marshall Steam Museum “behind-the-scenes.” Parking available across the street from the mansion. Visit auburnheights.org for more info. $5 per person, Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve free Auburn Heights State Park

Out and About at Oversee

Friday, November 9, 2018

1:30 p.m.

Our park interpreter will lead an hour long walk along our newest trail that features the historic Oversee Farm. Meet at 1516 Snuff Mill Road. Free

Add to Calendar 11/9/2018 1:30:00 PM 11/9/2018 2:30:00 PM America/New_York Out and About at Oversee Our park interpreter will lead an hour long walk along our newest trail that features the historic Oversee Farm. Meet at 1516 Snuff Mill Road. Free Auburn Heights State Park

"Year of the Bird" Discovery Hikes

Sunday, November 11, 2018

9 a.m.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. For all skill levels. Bring your camera or smartphone along and share your shot of the birds on the Auburn Heights Preserve Facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot off Benge Road on Farm Lane. Free

Add to Calendar 11/11/2018 9:00:00 AM 11/11/2018 10:30:00 AM America/New_York "Year of the Bird" Discovery Hikes This year is the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. For all skill levels. Bring your camera or smartphone along and share your shot of the birds on the Auburn Heights Preserve Facebook page. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot off Benge Road on Farm Lane. Free Auburn Heights State Park

Open House Tours

Saturday, November 17, 2018

1 p.m.

Tour the Auburn Heights Mansion and the Marshall Steam Museum. Please note that there are stairs during the tour. The Marshall Steam Museum houses the world’s largest collection of operating steam cars. Mansion tours – 1 and 3 p.m. Steam Museum tours – 2 p.m. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both

Add to Calendar 11/17/2018 1:00:00 PM 11/17/2018 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Open House Tours Tour the Auburn Heights Mansion and the Marshall Steam Museum. Please note that there are stairs during the tour. The Marshall Steam Museum houses the world’s largest collection of operating steam cars. Mansion tours – 1 and 3 p.m. Steam Museum tours – 2 p.m. $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both Auburn Heights State Park

Hike Through History

Saturday, November 17, 2018

11 a.m.

Learn about the industrial and agricultural past of the area and how the Trolley Trail got its name. Meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot on Farm Lane off of Benge Rd. Free

Add to Calendar 11/17/2018 11:00:00 AM 11/17/2018 11:45:00 AM America/New_York Hike Through History Learn about the industrial and agricultural past of the area and how the Trolley Trail got its name. Meet at the Auburn Valley Trail parking lot on Farm Lane off of Benge Rd. Free Auburn Heights State Park

Steamin' Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 24, 2018

12:30 p.m.

Enjoy the last Steamin’ Day of the year. Support a local organization on Small Business Saturday, and relax with technology from an earlier time. Visit auburnheights.org or call (302) 239-2385. Group discounts available. Rides: $11 per adult, $8 under 13 Mansion: $12 per adult, $8 under 13 Combo: $19 per adult, $12 under 13

Add to Calendar 11/24/2018 12:30:00 PM 11/24/2018 4:30:00 PM America/New_York Steamin' Thanksgiving Enjoy the last Steamin’ Day of the year. Support a local organization on Small Business Saturday, and relax with technology from an earlier time. Visit auburnheights.org or call (302) 239-2385. Group discounts available. Rides: $11 per adult, $8 under 13 Mansion: $12 per adult, $8 under 13 Combo: $19 per adult, $12 under 13 Auburn Heights State Park