March 24, 2020
Auburn Valley State Park is nestled in the piedmont’s Red Clay Valley. Visitors to the park will discover the history of the Marshall Family, Yorklyn’s rich industrial history, and the revitalization of the site. Don’t miss these essential experiences at Auburn Valley State Park.
Step back in time to the magic age of steam as you tour the Marshall Steam Museum, which houses the largest collection of operating steam cars in the world. Auburn Valley State Park also hosts special events called Steamin’ Days where you can learn about the history of steam and ride in a vintage steam car. The museum is open to the public on select dates.
Dating back to 1897, the Marshall mansion tells the story of the family that once called Auburn Valley State Park home. The mansion, with its antique furnishings, is open to the public on select dates and for private tours by appointment.
Appreciate the beauty of Auburn Valley State Park by exploring Red Clay Creek. Listen to the birds singing in the trees and discover the critical role of water in the industrial development of Yorklyn. Each April, the creek is stocked with trout for fishing, which is possible due to the improved water quality in recent years following a long history of industrial pollution. Today, you can catch and eat fish out of the creek, which is a big water quality success!
Stroll along this 1.1-mile trail where you’ll see the architecture of a historic farmhouse and barn. If you hike down from the farmhouse, you’ll discover the two-tiered pond loaded with fish, and see the park’s historic dam.
This historic bridge, originally located in Iowa, was restored by the Workin’ Bridges group, brought to Auburn Valley State Park, and renamed the Marshall Family Bridge. Located on Benge Road, the bridge is an excellent example of a historic iron truss bridge. Today, visitors can walk across the pedestrian bridge. The sunset views are beautiful!
The mill used the power of water to manufacture a wide variety of products in Yorklyn, Delaware for over two hundred years but has been frozen in time since its closure over 10 years ago. Today, the mill is part of Auburn Valley State Park and special behind the scenes tours are offered throughout the year. Make sure to bring your camera!