2019 Reunion Announcement - Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania

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

Del2K31 Valentine Hollingsworth marker at Newark Union Cemetary webValentine Hollingsworth Marker at Newark Union Cemetery TLom Hall webLombardy Hall hThomas Cabin webThomas Hollingsworth Cabinursday, 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, centermm webCentre MeetingtOld Kennett Meetinghouse webOld Kennett Meetinghouseraditional 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




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Friday, April 26th

St Mary Anne Episcopal Church webSt Mary Anne Episcopal ChurchAElk Landing 1 webElk Landingfparthill1 webPartidge Hillter 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

Museum of the American Revolution webMuseum of the American RevolutionSValley Forge webValley Forgeaturday 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.  




Reunion Registration

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:



Hotel Info

Our reunion this year will be headquartered at the Embassy Suites by HiltonNewark 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

For reservations:

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.

DVHSS 27th Annual Reunion - South Carolina & Georgia

DVHSS 27th Annual Reunion - 2018 South Carolina & Georgia

The Hollingsworth cousins gathered once again during the first week of May for a great reunion, visiting sites in both South Carolina and Georgia. We headquartered in Columbia, SC, and our first DVHSS Reunion 2018 1RMurphrey-Hollingsworth Cabin at Hagood Mill Site day of adventure on Thursday was to Pickens County, SC, where we initially visited the Pickens County Museum of Art & History for a taste of the local culture . Lunch was on our own in Pickens before boarding the bus to head to the Hagood Mill and Murphrey-Hollingsworth Cabin. We were met at the site by our guest speaker Billy Crawford, who filled us in on the history of the mill and the cabin, once owned by an early pioneer Hollingsworth family. After exploring the site, we returned to Columbia for dinner on our own.

Day two saw us boarding the bus for our trip to Augusta, GA. First stop was the Augusta Museum of History, where we had a guided tour that walked us through years of Augusta history. Following our tour, we were treated to presentation on the Hollingsworth Candy Company, a treaured fixture in Augusta for most of the 20th century. Speaker Bill Baab kicked DVHSS Reunion 2018 2RSpeaker Julie Berry & Past President Jo Hollingsworththings off with a history of candy making in Augusta, followed by a terrific presentation by Julie Berry, daughter of the company's chief engineer, on the history of the company with lots of pictures from the company while in operation. From there, we travelled a few blocks to the Augusta Canal Discovery Center, for our Canal Boat ride. For the next hour we motored up the canal and back, learning about its vital role in the history of Augusta and the surrounding area. After a boxed lunch at the on-site Fat Man Cafe, we boarded the bus for a Sardis, GA and the Sardis Baptist Church. The Church was co-founded in 1803 by Jacob Hollingsworth, and pastored in the 1950's by Rev. Troy Hollingsworth, bookending the long history of the church. Our VP Randy Hollingsworth and Georgia Hollingsworth researcher Lillian Talbert gave a presentation on the history of the church and on the ongoing research into DVHSS Reunion 2018 3RRiding the Augusta Canal Boatthe genealogy of the early Georgia Hollingsworths in the area. It was then on to the beautiful General Elliott Inn in Akin, SC, where we had a terrific dinner amidst the rolling countryside of the self-proclaimed polo capital of the USA.

Day three started out at with a carpool to Newberry County and the Newberry County Museum, which is located in the Coppock House and also includes the Gaunt house a few steps away. The museum has an impressive collection of artifacts and displays, relative primarily to the history of Newberry County and the Gaunt House provides a glimpse into the setting of a dwelling typical of the county in the early 1800's. Following lunch on our own, the group drove to the Bush River Quaker Cemetery. We were fortunate to have Judy Russel speak to us about the history of the cemetery and the efforts starting in 2002 to reclaim the cemetery from nature after years of neglect. Today this final resting place of many of our groups' anccestors is a well maintained DVHSS Reunion 2018 4RReunion attendees at New Berry County Museumand peaceful setting. After the drive back to Columbia and dinner on our own, our reunion concluded with our annual business meeting, which was kicked off by an inspiring talk by James Willbanks, author of the recently released biography of Lt. General James F. Hollingsworth, call sign Danger 79er.

DVHSS Reunion 2018 5RBush River Cemetery TalkThe reunion was a great opportunity to catch up with cousins we have known for years and also to meet new cousins attending for the first time. For those not able to make this year's reunion, we hope you will join us next year in Delaware, where it all started, for our 2019 reunion.

2017 Hollingsworth Reunion - Dallas / Ft. Worth

2017 Hollingsworth Reunion - Dallas / Ft. Worth

Attendees gathered in Dallas at Embassy Suites, Dallas DFW Airport South. The first full day,  Thursday, began with a tour of Fort Worth, stopping at the Fort Worth Water Gardens and Sundance Square. The next destination was20170427_113300_resized1.jpg the Fort Worth Stockyards featuring the historic  cattle drive. After lunch on our own, we departed for a self-guided tour of the U.S. Bureau of  Engraving and Printing. Greenwood Cemetery and Oakwood Cemetery were the next stops  where five descendants of Valentine, Sr. are buried in each cemetery. Dinner was awaiting our  group at Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant.

Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery with four burials of veterans who were descendants of  Valentine, Sr. was our first stop on Friday morning. Next was the John F. Kennedy Memorial and  a self-guided tour of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Lunch was at the revolving  restaurant atop Reunion Tower. A self-guiding tour of the George W. Bush Presidential Library  and Museum was our next event. A visit to Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park was a tribute to  one of Valentine, Sr.’s descendants buried there. Our seats had been arranged for dinner and a  jousting tournament at Medieval Times.

Saturday morning we traveled to Tom Bean, Grayson Co., Texas, to visit White Mound Cemetery.  Carey Hardy provided stories about his ancestors buried there. Lunch had been prepared for us  at Rick’s Chophouse in McKinney, Texas. The county seat of Collin Co., McKinney was named for  Collin McKinney, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Rick’s Chophouse is located  in an historic hotel that dates back to 1885. The restaurant is decorated with restored repousse  (pressed tin) ceilings, leather, and dark mahogany wood. The ambiance is enhanced with  wrought-iron chandeliers, Western pictures, limestone walls, and wood floors.   Back at our headquarters hotel, we had a couple of hours to relax before the hotel’s  barbecue buffet dinner. The final event of the reunion was the Annual Meeting at the hotel.

20170427 184132 resized1To honor some of our Hollingsworth veterans buried in Dallas and Fort Worth, a small bouquet  of flowers was placed at a veteran’s gravestone (or at the cemetery entrance if the burial location  was unknown). Placing a bouquet at Oakwood Cemetery was Dewey Hollingsworth, at  Sparkman/Hillcrest Memorial Park was Kathy Hutchison, at Greenwood Cemetery was Betty  Hebert-Reese, and at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery were John P. Hollingsworth, Pat Neal,  and Boyd Hollingsworth.

Hollingsworth Annual Reunions

Texas 2012Each year, members of the Descendants of Valentine Hollingsworth Sr. Society gather together to renew family ties. The reunions are generally held over a three day period and the location is moved to different locations around the country that have significant Hollingsworth heritage or are of significant interest to DVHSS members. The reunions generally include a day focused on touring one or more local Hollingsworth sites and a day devoted to the general sites of interest in the local area that cousins from other parts of the country may not have seen before. The third day is devoted to the Societies annual business meeting and to additional Hollingsworth interest sites. Two of the three days generally include a group dinner, often at a location that also has Hollingsworth connections.

Delaware 2011The reunions are a great way to get to know your Hollingsworth cousins and are always informative and enjoyable. They also provide an opportunity to discuss your Hollingsworth genealogy questions with other members from your Hollingsworth line and with organization genealogists. You do not have to be a member of the DVHSS to attend the reunion, although pre-registration for the event through DVHSS is required. Additional information on this year's reunion and on prior year reunions are included in the other articles in this category.

2016 Hollingsworth Reunion - Atlanta

2016 Hollingsworth Reunion - Atlanta


CNN TowerThe 2016 Hollingsworth Reunion  was a four day event  held from Wednesday April 20th through Saturday April 23rd, centered on the beautiful city of Atlanta, Georgia and a region rich in Hollingsworth history. Reunion activities kicked off on Wednesday morning when our early-bird members took a three-hour, guided bus tour of Atlanta. After lunch at the CNN Food Court, most of the members of the group chose a museum for their afternoon tour, including the Georgia Aquarium, the Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum, the Centennial Olympic Park, In Studio Tour at the CNN Center, the College Football Hall of Fame and Museum, and the World of Coca-Cola. Some also took advantage of the Georgia State Archives, located justdown the road from our hotel, to do some genealogy research. The archives is a treasure trove of information regarding early Georgia history in a state where researchers often face challenges resulting documents lost in court house fires before, during and after the Civil War. On Wednesday evening, members were on their own to sample some of the exellent restaurants that wee in the area of our hotel.

On Thursday our group opened the Atlanta History Center and was given a 90-minute guided tour of “The Turning Point: The American Civil War.” We were priveledged to have an excellent guide who pointed out a number of unique items in the Turning Point exhibit. These included the flag that flew over Atlanta when captured by General Sherman's forces and one of the supply wagons used by Union forces that captured the town. The History Center includes a number of other interesting exhibits and members had the opportunity to visit those as well.

Our band was then treated to a delicious light lunch in the formal BelleNita Room of the Swan Coach House, located on the center’s grounds. Next stop was a guided tour of the Swan House, a 1920s Atlanta mansion, located down the hill from the Coach House. It is preserved as it was in the 1930's and the tour was provided by a guide costumed in 1930 era fashions and who provided insight into the life of the Atlanta rich and famous in the 30's. Also of interest is that the house was a movie set for one of the recently popular Hunger Games movies.The remainder of our time at the center’s main campus was spent wandering the gardens or visiting other exhibitions. Our finale for the day was a guided tour of the original Margaret Mitchell House (author of Gone With the Wind), which was done exceedingly well.

Friday’s first stop was at the Rex Mill in Rex where Jerry and Gayle Beddingfield greeted us when we departed our bus. Jerry took us through the mill’s history from its construction in 1835 by Isaiah Hollingsworth to the present. While the mill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is no longer functional, many area residents still remember it in the days when it functioned as a grist mill for local farmers. The Beddingfield’s are working hard to repair the mill and bring it back to life. Their warm hospitality made our departure difficult.

The Smyrna Presbyterian Cemetery (SPC) in Conyers was our next destination. We were met by a dozen members of the SPC Trust who had flagged all of the Hollingsworth graves. In addition to their heartfelt welcome, the group offered help locating our ancestors. Our gracious hosts even passed out water bottles to those needing refreshment. The attention to detail by our hosts made this stop memorable.

Our group stopped for lunch at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit and visited the Abbey to hear the Gregorian chant. Traveling east, our merry band was treated to a guided bus tour of Madison, “the town Sherman refused to burn.” The tour included stories of the Southern antebellum homes and their residents and a tour of Heritage Hall. This Greek Revival style home was built in 1811 and served as a private home for multiple families through 1977 when it was gifted to the local historical society. The home is decorated as it would have been in the 1800's and provided members with a feel for life during that period. An exquisite buffet at the Blue Willow Inn on the journey home completed a long day for our weary travelers.Everyone was encouraged to consider eating desert first so as not to miss the Peanut Butter Pie for which the Blue Willow is famous.

Saturday was our “Day at the Fort", and our day could not have been better. Fort Hollingsworth, which was built in 1793, is the last surviving fort on what was at the time of its erection the Georgia Western Frontier fort. Due to a mistake in the initial boundary survey, the initial settlers in the area learned too late that they were actually on Indian land, and the local Native Americans were not happy with their presence, often raiding the settlers. This necessitated the building of forts until a new treaty could be settled that finally secured the land.

The weather was marvelous for our visit, and the costume portrayals by the Northeast Georgia History Organization were wonderful. However, best of all were the Hollingsworth relatives that welcomed us. A tasty Southern barbecue completed the perfect afternoon.

The day concluded at the historic Wayman Hollingsworth House in Fayetteville, where Angela Pendleton of the Fayette Co. Historical Society spoke to us on Fayetteville history. The DVHSS annual meeting after a catered dinner put the final touches to the week.