Around Town June 25

Count the Chadds Ford Historical Society as one of the entities reopening now that Delaware and Chester County are in the green phase of the state’s reopening plan. CFHS is opening its doors again on July 1. Hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be following CDC and WHO guidelines for sanitation. Masks will be required. Go here for more information.

Rise Up in Solidarity, a rally for justice against racism is planned for 1 p.m. this Sunday, June 28 at the Chadds Ford Township municipal building. Speakers include Anton Andrew, the Democratic Party candidate for state representative, and Kyle Boyer, president of the West Chester Chapter of the NAACP. Attendees are asked to bring a positive attitude along with signs and posters.

The Brandywine River Museum is reopening on July 1.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art is reopening to the public on Wednesday, July 1. In order to protect its visitors, volunteers and staff, the Brandywine will be implementing a variety of safety protocols when it reopens, including facemask requirements, timed ticketing and capacity limits. A complete list of new procedures, safety protocols and FAQs can be found here.

The Delaware Art Museum is reopening on July 1. Museum Members will receive two weeks of exclusive access before opening to the general public on Wednesday, July 15. To keep guests safe, Plexiglas shields will be installed at the front desk and in the museum store and all transactions will be cashless, so visitors are encouraged to remember their credit cards. Guests will also be required to wear face masks and practice social distancing. The Thronson Café will be closed until further notice. The museum will return to its regular operating hours, Monday and Tuesday: closed; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. The museum will be closed on Saturday, July 4 in honor of Independence Day.

To celebrate its reopening, Hagley Museum is offering a free week, from June 29 to July 5 for tours and special events. The Free Week at Hagley allows guests to explore the outdoors with ample room for social distancing over Hagley’s 235-acre property. Reservations are not required, but admission will be monitored and capped at 250 for each event.  Visitors should check-in at the Hagley Store upon arrival. Guests over the age of 13 must bring a face mask to wear when social distancing is not possible. For more information on the Free Week at Hagley events, visit

Also reopening is Winterthur. Currently, only members can go — and only by reservation — but all visitors will be welcome on July 1. By then, most outdoor areas and the first-floor galleries will be open to all. Reservations will be required. Mask, social distancing, and following one-way pathways are required.

The Kalmar Nyckel is returning to the Wilmington Riverfront. Visitors won’t be able to board the ship, but they can hear dockside tales from captains and mates and take part in a riverfront scavenger hunt. The dates are July 4,11,18, and 25 from noon to 4 p.m. Visit or phone 302-429-7447.

Delaware County is looking for residents to serve on the newly created Delaware County Sustainability Commission. In February, Council unanimously voted to establish the Commission. Board members will examine and make recommendations to Council on the best practices for the County relating to environmental conservation, open space preservation, trail building, and sustainability. The Commission will be comprised of eight members of senior management from the County and nine members of the public with expertise in environmental issues and open space. The County is accepting applications to join the DSCS. For more information, go here.

The Chester County Historical Society is having a virtual book discussion on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism” on July 23.

The Chester County Historical Society is planning a virtual book discussion on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism” from 10-11:30 a.m. on July 23. According to an excerpt from Amazon, the book describes “a time in our history that enlightened and changed the country, ushered in the modern age, and produced some unforgettable men and women." To obtain Zoom login, contact

Natural Lands has reopened Stoneleigh in Villanova. Temporary hours for the remainder of June are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are urged to wear masks and maintain social distancing. Additionally, if the onsite parking lot is full, leave, and come back another time. A map of Stoneleigh is available here.

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