DVHSS 28th Annual Reunion
Delaware, Pennsylvania & Maryland
April 24 - 27, 2019
This years reunion will be based in Newark, DE with three days of exploration in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Our headquarters location will be the Embassy Suites by Hilton — Newark Wilmington South (see additional info on hotel rates and reservations below).
Wednesday, April 24th
Reunion registration for attendees will kick off at 4 pm at the Embassy Suites, followed by the the hotel reception and / or dinner on your own.
Thursday, April 25th
T h ursday, April 25, we will take a bus tour of northern Delaware. There are lots of sights to see, and unfortunately, we will be hurrying around. We will start at the iconic grave marker at Newark Union Cemetery. There is a barn just across the street that has been converted to a home. The Daly's, the current owners, will tell us about the property which is reputed to have been built by Valentine, Sr. From there, we will pass by Lombardy Hall which is connected to Katherine Hollingsworth and her husband George Robinson. Our next stop is Thomas’s cabin. This is encapsulated in a far more modern house, but it has been very well preserved, and the current owners are continuing that tradition. From there, we will move on to Centre Meeting. Thomas was one of the founders, and John Valentine Hollingsworth, a Valentine, Jr descendant, was very active there later. For lunch we will stop at Buckley’s Tavern in Centreville, t raditional home to a great number of Hollingsworths. After lunch, we will cross the border into Pennsylvania to Old Kennett Meeting, where both Samuel and Valentine, Jr. are buried. Next, we will visit Brandywine Battlefield, site of the largest land battle during the Revolutionary War. We will then return to the hotel before we drive to Docklands Riverfront for dinner. This property had been part of Harlan and Hollingsworth, a prominent manufacturer of rail cars and ships
Friday, April 26th
A f ter that exhausting day, we will spend Friday in Maryland. We will take a car caravan to visit St. Mary Anne’s Church in North East. Zebulon Hollingsworth was involved there. We then go to Elk Landing in Elkton, where we can see our “treasures,” a Bible and a quilt, before heading off to lunch at the American Legion (formerly Partridge Hill, built by Henry Hollingsworth in 1790). We will have our annual meeting there and then return to the hotel. Dinner is on your own.
Saturday, April 27th
S aturday is our day in Pennsylvania learning about the Revolutionary War. We will board our bus to go to the Museum of the American Revolution — it opened relatively recently, and I have heard nothing but good reports about it. Lunch will be at the Reading Terminal before we head to Valley Forge. Allegedly, three Hollingsworths were there. Henry is the only one we can trace back to Valentine, but our genealogist says Henry wasn’t there. Nonetheless, our kinfolk, Quakers though they were, fought during this war. After a two-hour tour of Valley Forge, conducted by Susan Aggarwal, we will return to the hotel. Dinner is on your own. There is a TGI Friday’s connected to our hotel.
To register to attend the reunion, please print out the registration form, fill it in, and send it along with your check as instructed at the bottom of the form:
Our reunion this year will be headquartered at the Embassy Suites by Hilton — Newark Wilmington South, 654 S. College Ave., Newark, Del.The phone number is 302-368-8000
Rates:King and Double Queens are both $139 (+ 11% tax) based on double occupancy. Each additional adult is $15. (Don’t be surprised if the hotel tells you it will withhold $50 per day to cover incidentals. This was in the contract, but I was not told about it when I made my room reservation. This is apparently standard practice.)
- All two-room suites with sleeper sofa in the living room, two TVs, refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker.
- Complimentary, made-to-order breakfast
- Evening Reception with complimentary beverages and snacks
- Complimentary in-suite WiFi
- 24-hour Business Center with complimentary Wi-Fi
- Indoor heated pool and Fitness Center
- Free parking
- Coin laundry
- call 800-EMBASSY and reference DVHSS group block, Group Code DVH, or
- use our private online group webpage — https://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/N/NEWDEES-DVH-20190423/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG Group Name: DVHSS — Group Code: DVH
Shuttle to and from Philadelphia Airport to Embassy Suites, Newark, Del.
Portal: http://bit.ly/dvhss302 — Group Code: DVHSS
What you and I call shuttles, Delaware Express calls a portal. If you fly into PHL, you can arrange a shared ride (shuttle) or a solo ride (portal) should you not want to rent a car. If you have any problems setting up your shuttle/portal using the link above, you can call Delaware Express Customer Service at 800-648-5466.