Winterthur and “The Rossettis” in Delaware: A Farms Afield and More in the Fall Season

by Kate Nixon


The Fall season is coming alive with opportunities to explore the historic Arts & Crafts movement in the NorthEast; a special conference in Massachusetts, a visit to Winterthur Museum in Delaware, and an exploration of Arts & Crafts architecture in Pennsylvania will continue the exploration of the NorthEastern contributions to the movement in the coming months.



Historic Deerfield Fall Forum: The Arts and Crafts Movement in America’s Northeast

Friday, September 29 & Saturday, September 30

Hosted by Historic Deerfield

In person and virtual registration available

Click here to register for the Fall Forum


The acquisition of the now famous 1903 “Garden of Hearts” furniture masterpiece by Madeline Yale Wynne by Historic Deerfield evolved into a special exhibition at the Flynt Center of Early New England life — and now a Fall Forum dedicated to exploring the craftsmen and women of the NorthEast will highlight the accomplishments of Wynne and others this month. The Fall Forum at Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts will explore Marblehead Pottery, the weavers of the Elverhoj Arts & Crafts colony, the rise of Arts and Crafts metalwork, fiber arts and textiles, the bookbinding work of Ellen Gates Starr, and the Printmakers of Provincetown — tours of historic sites and admission to the exhibit will also be included in the cost.

A number of sessions on the schedule will be avaialble to be livestreamed to accommodate a virtual audience in addition to the in-person audience. The Deerfield Inn will host lunchtime for the in-person audience of this Friday-Saturday event.

To find out more information, please visit the event page for the Fall Forum on Historic Deerfield’s website.



Pictured above: The Winterthur Museum, Library and Gardens in Delaware’s Brandywine Valley – one of the sites offered as part of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms own Farms Afield program coming in November. The early bird registration rate runs through September 18th!


Farms Afield: Delaware’s Brandywine Valley

November 1-4, 2023

Hosted by The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

Led by Craftsman Farms Executive Director Vonda Givens and Director of Collections Jonathan Clancy

Early Bird Rate! SAVE $100 when you book by 9/17/23

Register HERE for the November trip at the Early Bird Rate


If you’ve never been to Winterthur, consider a Farms Afield trip to explore the library, museum and grounds as part of the Stickley Museum’s most recent travel offering. And you could get in at the Early Bird rate.

Farms Afield: Delaware’s Brandywine Valley explores the handcrafted and artistic history of Delaware with the Delaware Art Museum and the Winterthur Estate as highlights of the trip. The Winterthur estate especially has the reputation for its near 90,000 decorative arts collection within its museum as well as the library’s collection of rare books and manuscripts. The trip will be of interest to Arts and Crafts collectors, as the librarian leading the group will present materials from the library’s own Gustav Stickley and Arts and Crafts archives. According to Executive Director Vonda Givens, the Delaware Art Museum’s special exhibition on the Rossettis was an example of perfect timing.

“While the museum remains partially open, and as we continue to deal with construction delays, we decided to focus programs on what we could do off-site, and it turned out that, with the Delaware Art Museum’s upcoming Pre-Raphaelite exhibition The Rossettis, the timing was perfect” says Givens. “During our November visit, we’ll see that show with DelArt’s curator Dr. Sophie Lynford, and also spend a day at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library. It’s an incredible place, but I’m most looking forward to our group’s private visit to the Winterthur Library to view the fascinating materials in their Stickley and Arts and Crafts-related archives.”

As mentioned, the Delaware Art Museum will be showing the largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite art outside of the UK. The museum’s curator Dr. Sophie Lynford will even present a Zoom lecture at the end of this month, “How the Delaware Art Museum Became a British Art Powerhouse” on Thursday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

Accommodations for the trip: the group will be staying at the Hotel Du Pont, the historic hotel overlooks Rodney Square in the historic district of Wilmington. Once the headquarters for the DuPont Company, it remains a landmark example of Italian Renaissance architecture.

By prior arrangement, attendees are welcome to pay trip fees in installments. Complete the registration (check “payment plan”) and contact the museum’s administrative office at 973-540-0311 to set up installment payments.

Cancellation policy: Full refunds are available through Saturday, September 30, 2023; after this date 50% refunds will be provided. No refunds are available after the trip begins.


Arts & Crafts to Moderne: 100 Years of Architecture in Rose Valley

Saturday, October 21st, 2023 (Rain or Shine)

Hosted by the Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge

Register for the event HERE.


Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of historic homes and buildings.  Informed guides will be present in both private residences and public buildings, including Thunderbird Lodge and Hedgerow Theatre.  Rose Valley has hilly terrain, steep slopes and no sidewalks, so please come prepared.

Cost:  $85 ($75 members)  Reservations required.  Start times are staggered in half hour intervals from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Residences will be open until 5:00pm.  Check in is at Thunderbird Lodge.  Please make sure all those in a group sign up for the correct start time.


Happy travels!