Street Address
3000 Creek Rd. (DE Rt. 82)
Yorklyn, DE 19736
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 61
Yorklyn, DE 19736
phone: 302-239-2385
e-mail: admin@auburnheights.org
web: www.auburnheights.org
Hours
Open by advance reservation to groups of 8 or more
Monday - Friday9 AM - 5 PM
Also open for Steamin' Events
Steamin' Events
13 days in 2011: Apr 23 (12-3pm), Jun 4 (6-9pm), Jun 19 (12-4pm), Jul 2 (6-9pm), Jul 17 (12-4pm), Aug 6 (6-9pm), Aug 14 (12-4pm), Sept 3&4 (12-4pm), Oct 22&23 (12-4pm), Nov. 25&26 (12-4pm)
Admissions
Reserved tours: $7/person for tour of the mansion or museum or $12 for both (savings of $2). Steamin' Event admission: $10 for ages 13 and above, $7 for children 2-12.
Museum Type(s)
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Susan Randolph, Executive Director
phone: 302-239-2385

Description

Auburn Heights Preserve encompasses an 1897 Victorian country estate surrounded by 200+ acres of preserved open space. The property was donated to the State of Delaware in 2008 by Thomas C. and Ruth Marshall, the third generation of the Marshall family to live on the property.

Auburn Heights is home to the Marshall Collection of steam-powered automobiles, generally regarded as the world's pre-eminent steam car collection (15 Stanley Steamers plus 2 Packards and a Rauch & Lang electric car).

This is an OPERATING museum: all cars in the collection are drivable, and the museum offers rides on one of the steam cars and the electric car on its public event days.

In addition, a 1/8-size steam-powered railroad circles the estate, offering rides to public event guests.

History

Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve is an outgrowth of the Marshall Steam Team, which Thomas C. Marshall, Jr. founded in 1997 to pass along his knowledge of the art of steam car operation and maintenance. In 2003, Mr. & Mrs. Marshall announced their agreement with the State of Delaware to turn their home, Auburn Heights, over to the State in 2008, ending a continuous Marshall family occupation of the property that dates back to its construction in 1897.

The Marshall Steam Team was formally reorganized as the Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve in 2004. The group now owns the Marshall auto and railroad collections, operates them and generally assists the state in caring for and operating the property.

Artifacts Collections

Antique automobiles, miniature steam locomotives, model trains, antique toys and musical instruments

  • 15 steam-powered autos (Stanley Steamers) dating from 1901 to 1922, constituting the world's largest operating collection of steam cars.
  • 2 Packards (1932 & 1937)
  • 1 Rauch & Lang electric car (1916)
  • 1/8-size steam railroad approx 5/8 mile long with 2 4-8-4 steam locomotives.
  • Misc. toys, electric trains, turn-of-the-century photographs that the Marshall family has owned over the years since 1897.

Educational Programs

Educational programs developed and launched in 2011. See website for current updates.

    Governance

    Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The property itself was donated to the State of Delaware in 2008. Its collections of antique cars and trains belong to FAHP, which will continue to operate them at the site.

    Library

    Access: Members

    Appointment required: Yes

    Publications

    The quarterly Auburn Heights Herald is a benefit of membership, as is the Weekly News e-mail.

    • Auburn Heights Herald
    • Weekly News

    Services

    Gift Shop

    Online Gift Shop

    Special Event Rental

    Group Tours