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Ag Museum Volunteer Gene Carlisle, "A Man of Few Words and Many Deeds"
The Delaware Agricultural Museum’s “Hunter’s Moon”, the first in a series of farm-to- table dinners, was a huge success with a sold-out crowd of 107 satisfied diners in attendance. Held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. The dinner showcased the rich bounty of Delaware agriculture amid the beautiful elegance of the Hunter’s Moon motif. The guests enjoyed entrees prepared by Lighthouse Catering, craft brews from Fordham and Dominion Brewery, and perfect wine pairings by Harvest Ridge Winery. A surprise highlight of the evening for the supportive gathering was the ceremony thanking long-time Agriculture Museum volunteer and civic leader Gene Carlisle for his donation of $25,000 to help pay for the renovation of the classic 1850s country church that is the heart and soul of the Museum’s 1890’s Village.
Pictured from left: Ag Museum Board Treasurer Karen Hutchison, Ag Museum Volunteer Gene Carlisle, Volunteer Mike Collier, Museum Operations Assistant Sara Busker and Board President Grier Stayton.
Project to restore St.Thomas Methodist Episcopal Church (ca. 1857)
A major restoration / historic preservation project is underway at the Museum. The focus is the restoration of St. Thomas Methodist Episcopal Church (ca. 1857).
The church is an important symbol of Delaware’s rural history and heritage and a wonderful example of 19th century rural church architecture, characterized by the steeply pitched roof, arched windows and Victorian Era stained glass. The pews, chairs, pulpit, alter and cast-iron stoves are original to the church.
Sadly, the building has fallen into disrepair over the years, mostly due to a lack of funding dedicated to support its’ long-term preservation.
In an effort to save this beautiful building, the Delaware Agricultural Museum has contracted with a recognized expert in the field of historic preservation, Dave Reisinger (Roberts Construction) to perform the restoration work on the church.
The Delaware Agricultural Museum Receives Support from the State for Major Infrastructure Improvements
In June 2019, the Delaware General Assembly voted to approve funding in the fiscal 2020 budget for infrastructure improvements to the Delaware Agricultural Museum under Bond Bill 180.
Thank you to all members of the General Assembly who made this possible! A huge shout out to: Senator Colin Bonini (R) District 16, Senator Dave Lawson (R) District 15, and Senator Ernie Lopez (R) District 6, for their assistance and support!!!!!!!!!!