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Auburn Heights: The exquisite and the timeless

Dec 21, 2020 11:19AM ● By Tricia Hoadley
Photos by Moonloop Photography
Text by Richard L. Gaw

Throughout its rich history, tucked into the natural crevices of Yorklyn and standing high on a hill, Auburn Heights has become everything to everyone, no matter the reasons that lead them there. Lovingly cared for by the Friends of Auburn Heights, it has nonetheless been claimed – at least in theory – by those who live in Greenville, Yorklyn, Hockessin and beyond, who show it proudly to out-of-town visitors for what it is has become. A treasure.

It is not difficult to see why, because every step in Auburn Heights is a journey along a pathway to affirmation – of our indelible past, of our good Earth, of our curiosity, of our childlike sense of wonder, and of the love we wish to share with friends and family on the most important occasion of our lives.

Auburn Heights is the grandfather taking his grandsons on a tour of the 6,000 square-foot Marshall Steam Museum. It is mothers, daughters, sons and fathers admiring the Victorian splendor of the Auburn Heights Mansion and carriage house, where generations of the Marshall family once lived. It is the reunited siblings joining their young children for a ride on the Auburn Valley Railroad that was built in the 19th century, and just for a moment, returning to childhood themselves.

It is steam train buffs at Steamin’ Days and classic car aficionados at the Auburn Heights Invitational Classic Car Show, feeling as if they have just arrived at the most magical place on earth. It is a future bride and her bridesmaids, giddy with anticipation, planning her upcoming wedding on the grounds. It is the adventurous on a walking tour of the 360-acre Auburn Valley State Park -- the lasting gift and legacy of Thomas C. Marshall, Jr. and his wife Ruth Pierson Marshall – exploring both the quiet elegance of the Red Clay Creek and the industrial history of Yorklyn.

Auburn Heights: Everything, for everyone.

Auburn Heights is located on 3000 Creek Road, Yorklyn, Del. 19736. To learn more about events, collections, tours, special occasion planning, memberships, volunteer opportunities and the Friends of Auburn Heights, visit

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