Descendants of Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr. Society Reunion June 16-18, 2000 Wilmington Select Hotel I-95 and Naamans Road in Claymont, DE.
Once again, the Descendents of Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr. are meeting to share their camaraderie and fun as they learn more about the Hollingsworth clan and each other. Join us at the Wilmington Select Hotel for a great reunion weekend. Rates are a reasonable $79 (both single and double occupancy) plus 8% Lodging Tax. Call 302/792-2700 for reservations. Rooms with this special rate will be held until June 2.
Why Delaware? As you may know, Valentine Hollingsworth and his family made this part of Delaware their homes, and a number of Hollingsworths are buried here.
On Friday, we have a variety of options available. If interest warrants, we will have a group going to Elkton, MD (Henry Hollingsworth, son of Valentine, is buried there). We are also planning a trip to the Friends Library in Swarthmore, PA. Both trips are about an hour away from the host hotel.Friday evening we will have a group dinner (casual)--we hope to have a picnic.
Then for Saturday morning, we will visit a couple of local Quaker graveyards where Hollingsworths are buried. Saturday afternoon, we will visit the New Ark Union Cemetery where Valentine himself is buried. There is a huge stone there erected by his descendants.
Saturday evening we will have an after-dinner speaker, followed by our annual meeting. We are working with the hotel to have an Sunday morning breakfast (8:30-10 am), if there is enough interest.
Costs: Registration Fee $10; Dinner on Friday and Saturday will be approximately $20. If you have any questions about the reunion, please contact Jo Hollingsworth. Home: 419/435-2437 Office: 419/435-1819 Fax: 419/435-9215 Email: email@example.com
Tee Shirts Once again, Hollingsworth tee shirts will be available, both before the reunion by mail-order and at the reunion. If interested before the reunion, contact Vickie Burcham at 317.773.1592 or firstname.lastname@example.org. These shirts are identical to those of last year and feature the Hollingsworth crest in five colors on the front.
Reunion Area Attractions Hagley Museum--Located along the Brandywine River on the site of the first du Pont black powder works, Hagley provides a unique glimpse into American life at home and at work in the nineteenth century. Set amid more than 230 acres of trees and flowering shrubs, Hagley offers a diversity of restorations, exhibits and live demonstrations for visitors of all ages. Adult Admission: $9.75, Seniors $7.50 A tour guide can be provided for groups of 15 or more. Check out the website at www.Hagley.org.
Winterthur Museum--Henry Francis du Pont's former country estate now houses the world's premier collection of American decorative arts (1640-1860). Adults pay $8 to enter the grounds. Reservations are recommended for the guided tours; there are additional charges. Check www.winterthur.org. for further information.
Brandywine River Museum--This museum is home to art by three generations of Wyeths: N.C. (a well-known illustrator), Andrew, and Jamie. There are many other artists displayed, including work by Howard Pyle, another famous Delaware illustrator. The museum itself is a converted grist mill. The physical location of the museum is quite impressive, as well. Admission is $5, seniors, $2.50. Their web page is www.brandywinemuseum.org.
Longwood Gardens comprises more than twenty different gardens in over 1,000 acres. There's an Italian water garden, a peony garden, a rose arbor ("a spectacular June display"), heaths and heathers and a conifer knoll. There's a lot of walking, but it is very worthwhile. Tel: 610/388-1000 Find their webpage at www.longwoodgardens.org/
The Delaware Tourism Office at www.state.de.us/tourism/index.htm offers a great deal of information about Delaware, its history and culture, additional accommodations and attractions.