Nestled in the Piedmont’s Red Clay Valley, visitors to Auburn Valley State Park will discover the history of the Marshall Family, Yorklyn’s rich industrial history, and revitalization of this site. Previously known as Auburn Heights Preserve, Auburn Valley State Park features new hiking and paved biking trails, the historic Marshall Mansion completed in 1897, the Marshall Steam Museum, the Auburn Valley 1/8-scale railroad, and much more.
Special thanks go to Tom and Ruth Marshall for their generous donation of this Auburn Valley estate to Delaware State Parks.
Dating back to 1897, the Marshall mansion tells the story of the family that once called Auburn Valley State Park home. The mansion, with its antique furnishings, is open to the public on select dates and for private tours by appointment. Check the Upcoming Events schedule below for a complete listing of public events.
The Marshall Steam Museum houses the largest collection of operating steam cars in the world. The museum contains historic Stanley Steamers, and gives guests the opportunity to experience life at the dawn of the automotive age first-hand. The museum is open to the public on select dates and for private tours by appointment. Check the Upcoming Events schedule below for a complete listing of public events.
Appreciate the beauty of Auburn Valley State Park by exploring Red Clay Creek. Discover the critical role of water in the industrial development of Yorklyn and the revitalization of the surrounding community.
One of the best ways to experience Auburn Valley State Park is by joining us for Steamin Days. Taking place monthly, park guests have the opportunity to tour the Marshall Mansion and discover what it would have been like to live there. The Marshall Steam Museum opens for tours on these days, and guests may enjoy rides on the miniature trains and steam cars that circle the property.
Tours of Auburn Heights, the Marshall family mansion, and the Marshall Steam Museum are available by appointment for groups of eight or more on non-event days. Tour tickets are $8 per person for either the mansion or museum tour, or $14 for both. Call (302) 239-5687 for information or to schedule a tour. Schedule tours at least one week in advance.
This timeless estate is a unique location for events ranging from weddings and rehearsal dinners to retirement parties and business meetings. Visit our Celebrations and Meetings page for more information.
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Learn about Auburn Heights and the Marshall Family while enjoying the Victorian architecture and beautiful grounds. Meet on the Front porch of the Auburn Heights Mansion. Reservations Required. Call 302-239-5687 to reserve your place. Free
Monday, July 6, 2020
Yorklyn Birding Hike: This hour-long half-mile hike is perfect for beginners to experienced birders. Come catch a glimpse of the many diverse kinds of birds that call Yorklyn their home. Binoculars provided, but feel free to bring your own. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at the Paper Mill Parking Lot on Benge Road. Reservations Required. Call 302-239-5687 to reserve your place. Free
Friday, July 10, 2020
Come enjoy a relaxing stroll with our Park Interpreter. The hike will take you off trail to explore some hidden natural features near Oversee and then down to the historic 1800 era farmstead to learn about the history of the site. The hike ends down at the historic dams and ponds below the house where you are free to walk around and enjoy. Come bring a camera and enjoy this behind the scenes look at our park. Reservations Required. Call 302-239-5687 to reserve your place. Free
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Spend the beginning of Summer with the family at Auburn Valley State Park. Come on this interactive scavenger hunt hike to learn about the different habitats at Auburn Valley and the animals which call them home. Join the park interpreter in this new family friendly program that helps you learn a whole new side to Auburn Valley. Free gift for participants! Meet at the Marshall Family Bridge Parking Lot on Benge Road. Reservations Required. Call 302-239-5687 to reserve your place. $5 Per child with an accompanying adult.
Sunday, July 12, 2020
GOAT (Go Out and Tour!) Bike Hike: No goats, but lots of fun! Bring your bike for a leisurely ride on the Yorklyn Bridge and Trolley Trails. Explore some of the Park's amenities and learn about ongoing park improvements. Reservations Required. Call 302-239-5687 to reserve your place. Free