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Near Wilmington in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Blue Ball Barn

Connecting the Past with the Future

 
 
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Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, July 26, 2020
1. The Blue Ball Barn Marker
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This former dairy barn has been transformed. Today it is a visitor and conference center available for meetings, weddings and other special events.

The Blue Ball Barn is home to the Delaware Folk Art Collection, as well as an historical exhibit about the barn and a gallery displaying the work of local contemporary artists.

A Short History of Blue Ball Barn
The farmhouse, now gone, was once the Blue Ball Tavern, so named because it hoisted a blue wooden ball to tell passing stagecoach drivers that passengers were waiting. The later dairy and this barn were named for the tavern. In 1914, wealthy businessman Alfred I. duPont built this carefully-crafted dairy barn and milk house to supply his nearby Nemours Estate. Later leased to tenants, the Blue Ball Farm was a family operation until 1977. Deserted and almost lost, the sturdy old Blue Ball Barn lives on with new public uses.
 
Erected by Delaware State Parks.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & Commerce
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Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, July 26, 2020
2. Spotlight On Alapocas
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Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Delaware State Parks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
 
Location. 39° 46.59′ N, 75° 32.75′ W. Marker is near Wilmington, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker can be reached from West Park Drive, 0.1 miles north of East Park Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1914 W Park Dr, Wilmington DE 19803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Blue Ball Milk House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gunning Bedford, Jr. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lombardy Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jewish Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wilmington Friends School (approx. 0.6 miles away); The "Pink" Murphy House (approx. 0.6 miles away); duPont Carillon Tower (approx. 0.7 miles away); Delaware Chemical Engineering Company (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
 
Welcome to Blue Ball Barn image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, July 26, 2020
3. Welcome to Blue Ball Barn
The Blue Ball Barn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, July 26, 2020
4. The Blue Ball Barn Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on May 14, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Jun. 28, 2022