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What's Happening at Seaford Historical Society

New hours at museum Wed, Thur & Sat. 12 - 4 and Sun 1 - 4 Join the Seaford Historical Society and us preserve, protect and present history while making some of our own! We welcome all ages! We offer many volunteer opportunities! Share your love of history while joining in the fun!

"Celebrate Nylon" Gala Fundraiser Remember and celebrate 75 years of NYLON. Both alluring and enduring this fantastic fiber with multiple uses brought Seaford, DE, world wide recognition as the "Nylon Capital of the World" The Seaford Historical Society will "Celebrate Nylon" and spin the night away at the Seaford Fire Hall on Saturday night, September 27th from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. The event is open to the public and includes Live and Silent auctions, a cash bar, appetizers, dinner and dancing to the music of "ENCORE." The theme "CELEBRATE NYLON" honors the 75th Anniversary of NYLON and the choice of Seaford as the location for the first nylon manufacturing plant. Honorary chairpersons of the 2014 Gala are The Honorable and Mrs. Michael H. Vincent. The MC for the evening is Seaford's own Jimmy Blackwell. Tickets are $50 per person.ᅠReservations must be made in advance and are complete at the time of payment. No tickets will be sold at the door. Make your reservations NOW as seating is limited at the fire hall.ᅠ You may make reservations by contacting the Seaford Historical Society at 302-628-9828 or email Deadline for ticket sales is Friday, September 19th. The fun begins at 5 p.m. when guests may enjoy cash bars with refreshments and bidding on Chinese and Silent Auctions. Dinner catered by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department will be served at 6 p.m. A Live Auction will take place at 7:15p.m. At 8 p.m. be ready to get those hands clapping, feet dancing and singing along when "Encore" takes the stage. ENCORE is based out of Seaford, Delaware.ᅠ The front spot light is shared by Kim Speicher and Karen Hearn; two extraordinary vocalists that some say were born singing.ᅠ Yes, they are sisters and they harmonize as only sisters can but their leads and solos will leave you in awe.ᅠᅠ On keyboards is James Hautala who has played in groups from the Pacific to the Atlantic and various stops in between.ᅠ On percussion and vocals is the dexterous Jon Hearn.ᅠ He, along with the gifted guitarist Mike McGee and bass player Jim Rupp have been performing locally for nearly four decades.ᅠ Finally, there's Dave Speicher on guitar and vocals.ᅠ He's been performing longer than he likes to admit but with a style that you'll not forget. Mark your calendar and plan to join us! Your support is truly needed and appreciated to make this fundraiser a success. The Gala event will raise funds to benefit the Seaford Historical Society's programs and projects.

WIN A BEAUTIFUL ½ CARAT, 5mm DIAMOND Purchase a Diamond Jubilee ticket for a donation of $10 each, 6 for $50 In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of Nylon and the choice of Seaford, Delaware as the location of the first nylon manufacturing plant in the world, the Seaford Historical Society (SHS) is offering a Diamond Jubilee Opportunity. A beautiful ½ carat, 5mm diamond solitaire, no setting, will be given away by SHS! This lovely diamond, with an appraised value of $2,400.00, was contributed for the Nylon 75th Anniversary celebration. Tickets are available at the Seaford Museum, 203 High St. or the Ross Mansion, 23669 Ross Station Road. In addition, they will be sold at the Woodland Ferry Festival (9/13/14) and the "Celebrate Nylon Gala" (9/27/14). The winning ticket will be drawn on September 27, 2014. The winner will be notified and does not have to be present to win. Your support is truly needed and appreciated to make this fundraiser a success. All proceeds benefit the Seaford Historical Society.

New exhibit at Seaford Museum: Celebrate Nylon - 75 Years -Monday, July 21, museum opens at 3pm and at 4pm grand opening of new exhibits. Vault area-Nylon Timeline exhibit. Webb Room -historical and general exhibit about Nylon products and production. The Nanticoke Maritime Gallery is open also.

DuPont "Threadline" Display at Seaford Museum *** Limited 2 Weeks Only *** DuPont "Threadline" Display at Seaford Museum Extended 1 week!This special display will be extended until September 7th. Also, a special Nylon Open House will be held on Sunday, September 7, 1 - 4pm. Free admission to the Nylon exhibits will be available that day. Full museum admission is $5 for adults. As part of the Seaford Historical Society's NYLON 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, most editions of the company's monthly newsletter, "The Threadline", will be available at the Seaford Museum. Looking through the pages will allow employees and family to reminisce about the people who made Seaford the "Nylon Capital of the World". Also, copies of requested pages will be offered at a minimal cost.

Invista will sponsor a DE Historical Marker ceremony for the WORLD's FIRST NYLON PLANT. Public is invited Friday, September 12 10:00 am Be sure to visit the special tribute that tells a very important part of the Nylon story. The very beginning at the Nylon Plant which opened in Seaford, Delaware in 1939; the historic developments of nylon and nylon products and the impact made, not only in Seaford, but on the entire world. The Nylon exhibits will be in place until November 2, 2014.


The Seaford Historical Society invites you to visit two of the most unique sites in the local area.

The Governor Ross Plantation is the only site in Delaware that describes plantation life around the Civil War period. Learn about the life of a governor, slavery in Sussex County, and enjoy expansive grounds with auxiliary buildings that were necessary for the operation of a large plantation.

The Seaford Museum has a fun, intimate flavor that follows an historic timeline with a local perspective. Its fiber optic lighting and unique displays and stories make it a real jewel to visitors.

The Seaford Museum is a proud member of the Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails Network in partnership with the National Park Service. Throughout the Chesapeake Bay region, less than 200 "exceptional parks, wildlife refuges, museums, sailing ships and historic communities" have been selected to represent the authentic Bay experience for those who wish to discover in the Bay history and culture. Our role, as one of only two Gateway sites within the State of Delaware, is to tell the story of the Nanticoke headwaters nearly forty miles upriver from Tangier Sound in the middle of the Delmarva Peninsula. The Seaford Museum, a spectacular small museum, is honored to be a part of the National Park Service experience. Visiting any Gateway partner is a perfect way to learn more about the beautiful, historic Chesapeake Bay. Visiting the Seaford Museum will provide you with a delightful, unique experience journeying into the history and culture of the Nanticoke River headwaters, the most pristine river flowing into America's largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay. Come and be amazed!

"This is the best museum in the state. I can't believe what you have done." - visitor's comment


Governor Ross Mansion and Plantation: 1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, except holidays.

Museum Open:
12:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday, 1:00pm–4:00pm on Sundays.

Society Business Office Hours:
1:00pm-4:00pm Wednesday & Thursday.

Visits by appointment are possible at both sites. Phone 302-628-9828 to make an appointment


$5.00 per person at each site, or an $8.00 combination ticket allows you to visit both sites. It is not necessary to visit both sites on the same day. Children 12 years of age and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Seaford Historical Society members are free, except for special events.

Upcoming Events – Details in What’s New

The Seaford Museum
The Main Office for Seaford Historical Society
are located at
203 High St., Seaford, DE 19973
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(302) 628-9828

The Gov. Ross Mansion and Plantation
is located at
23669 Ross Station Road, Seaford, DE 19973
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formerly 1101 N. Pine St. Ext.