The walk will be led by noted local historian Jim Wolfe, a former history teacher who restored the Presley Spruance House on North Main Street and who serves on the town's Historic Review Committee.
The Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association is celebrating Historic Preservation Month with a free one-hour walking tour of Smyrna's Historic District on Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m. at the historic Dr. John Day Perkins Homestead, 36 S. Main St.
The tour is limited to 20 people and pre-registration is required by calling (302) 653-6449.
The walk will be led by noted local historian Jim Wolfe who restored the Presley Spruance House on North Main Street and who serves on the town's Historic Review Committee. Wolfe is a former history teacher who received the Ken and Regina Brown Historic Education Award from the Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association in 2015 for his outstanding interpretative work at the Smyrna Museum and the numerous presentations and tours he has led.
The tour will pass many of the town's most historic structures in the district, which was entered into the National Register of Historic Places on May 23, 1980. The tour will introduce guests to the rich history of the town, which spans more than two centuries. Smyrna was originally called Duck Creek Cross Roads and received its current name in 1806 after the ancient Greek seaport of Smyrna in present-day Turkey. The town was established along the north-south King's Highway and the Maryland Road, a major east-west road connecting the Delaware and Chesapeake bays. Smyrna was originally a shipping center along the Duck Creek and was the most important port between Wilmington and Lewes, shipping grain, lumber, tanbark, fruits and vegetables to points north.
The tour will conclude with a complimentary dessert reception at the Perkins Homestead where guests may enjoy the private historic home and garden. The home was built in about 1850 in the Greek Revival style and features many period antiques. The gardens have been featured as a venue for many events and include many rare plants in a series of garden rooms.
Guests will also receive a choice iris plant from the garden to grow and enjoy at home.
About the Downtown Renaissance Association
The Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association promotes the revitalization of Smyrna historic downtown by advocating for local small businesses, sponsoring downtown events, providing incentive grants to both homeowners and businesses, and partnering with other organizations and agencies.
The association receives no direct support from local, state or federal governments for its operations.
New members are welcome to join and enjoy events throughout the year including the Wine Tasting Garden Party at Historic Belmont Hall.
Volunteers are also needed for beautification projects in the historic district.
For more information, call (302) 653-6449 or visit the association's website at www.mydowntownsmyrna.org.