A FESTIVAL IN YORKLYN

Why is the Festival Vision perfect for Yorklyn, an unincorporated community in northern New Castle County? As home to the Auburn Valley State Park, it is already a place of immense natural beauty. But we believe that Yorklyn features a unique combination of characteristics that provide the potential for it to become a center for the Arts in northern Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania.

Auburn Heights Estate
Dew Point Brewing Company
Marshall Steam Museum

THE STORY OF YORKLYN

Yorklyn is home to Auburn Valley State Park, which connects Kennett and Yorklyn, and includes the historic Marshall Mansion and the Marshall Steam Museum, which features the largest operating collection of Stanley Steamer cars in the world. Also nearby is Ashland Nature Center. The Auburn Mills Historic District, Garrett Snuff Mills Historic District, Graves Mill Historic District, and Garrett Snuff Mill are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

When the National Vulcanized Fiber (NVF) company filed for bankruptcy in 2008 the plant and land were purchased by the State of Delaware which, in 2018, upgraded what was then the Auburn Heights Preserve to what is now the 452-acre Auburn Valley State Park. Yorklyn Village Restoration and Redevelopment also has a vision to revitalize Yorklyn to its former charm. There are plans underway to transform vacant manufacturing facilities into a vibrant community alive with new growth, a green foundation, and endless opportunities for outdoor activity and cultural enrichment.

A CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN THE REGION

House Industries
Center for the Creative Arts (CCArts)
Carlos Alejandro Studio

Already, Yorklyn is the home of the Center for the Creative Arts (CCArts), which provides high quality visual and performing arts opportunities; programs, events and exhibitions designed to nurture the creative spirit in people of all ages and abilities.

Further, as small as it is, Yorklyn is the home to two world-renowned creative organizations: House Industries, a type foundry and design studio best known for its typeface creations, which have appeared on television, in film, and throughout the design world for decades. And Carlos Alejandro Photography, a photographic studio that has, for almost 30 years, produced images that have earned recognition from local, regional and national Art Director’s Clubs, as well as publications such as Communication Arts, Graphis, Print, PEI, PDN and PhotoDesign.

IN THE EMBRACE OF THE AUBURN VALLEY STATE PARK

Add in that the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has plans for an outdoor amphitheater with a natural, grass seating area with a capacity of 5,000 Attendees. And that DNREC sees this facility as the future summer home of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.

From our perspective, this alignment of nature and nurture, past and future, strongly positions Yorklyn as a candidate for the home of a sustainable regional festival of this kind.