View of Auburn Heights Mansion at Auburn Valley State Park

Auburn Valley State Park


Delaware’s Newest State Park

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.

Featured Program: Steamin' Days

12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Ride our 1/8-size Auburn Valley Railroad and antique Stanley Steam Cars, tour the Queen-Anne Victorian mansion, or enjoy both! All tickets include entrance to the grounds and the Marshall Steam Museum. For more information, visit auburnheights.org or call (302) 239-2385. Discounts available for groups of twenty or more with pre-payment. New this year: join us for our Bonus Halloween event October 27! Rides ticket: $11 ages 13 and up, $8 under 13 Mansion ticket: $12 ages 13 and up, $8 under 13 Combo ticket (rides and mansion tour): $19 ages 13 and up, $12 under 13 Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 12:30 PM

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Add to Calendar 11/3/2019 12:30:00 PM America/New_York Featured Program: Steamin' Days 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Ride our 1/8-size Auburn Valley Railroad and antique Stanley Steam Cars, tour the Queen-Anne Victorian mansion, or enjoy both! All tickets include entrance to the grounds and the Marshall Steam Museum. For more information, visit auburnheights.org or call (302) 239-2385. Discounts available for groups of twenty or more with pre-payment. New this year: join us for our Bonus Halloween event October 27! Rides ticket: $11 ages 13 and up, $8 under 13 Mansion ticket: $12 ages 13 and up, $8 under 13 Combo ticket (rides and mansion tour): $19 ages 13 and up, $12 under 13 Auburn Valley State Park


Tour the Historic Marshall Mansion

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.

Discover the Power of Steam at The Marshall Steam Museum

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.

Explore the Park’s Rich Natural Resources

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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.

Join us for Steamin’ Days

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.

Schedule Private Tours and Events

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.


Upcoming Events

Open House Tours

Friday, November 1, 2019

1:00 PM

Tour the Auburn Heights mansion. In addition to the 1pm and 3pm house tours, there is a 2pm Marshall Steam Museum tour as well. Tickets $8 for mansion OR museum, or $14 for both.

Add to Calendar 11/1/2019 1:00:00 PM 11/1/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Open House Tours Tour the Auburn Heights mansion. In addition to the 1pm and 3pm house tours, there is a 2pm Marshall Steam Museum tour as well. Tickets $8 for mansion OR museum, or $14 for both. Auburn Valley State Park

Marshall Steam Museum tour

Friday, November 1, 2019

2:00 PM

Tour the Marshall Steam Museum. In addition to the museum, there are mansion tours at 1pm and 3pm. Tickets $8 for mansion OR museum, or $14 for both.

Add to Calendar 11/1/2019 2:00:00 PM 11/1/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Marshall Steam Museum tour Tour the Marshall Steam Museum. In addition to the museum, there are mansion tours at 1pm and 3pm. Tickets $8 for mansion OR museum, or $14 for both. Auburn Valley State Park

Open House Tours

Friday, November 1, 2019

3:00 PM

Tour the Auburn Heights mansion. In addition to the 1pm and 3pm house tours, there is a 2pm Marshall Steam Museum tour as well. Tickets $8 for mansion OR museum, or $14 for both.

Add to Calendar 11/1/2019 3:00:00 PM 11/1/2019 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Open House Tours Tour the Auburn Heights mansion. In addition to the 1pm and 3pm house tours, there is a 2pm Marshall Steam Museum tour as well. Tickets $8 for mansion OR museum, or $14 for both. Auburn Valley State Park

Steamin' Day

Sunday, November 3, 2019

12:30 PM

The best time to visit Auburn Heights! Ride our 1/8 size Auburn Valley Railroad and antique steam cars. Tour the mansion and the Marshall Steam Museum, and enjoy some popcorn made by steam power. All tickets include entrance to the grounds and the museum, and house tour tickets are also on sale. For more info visit auburnheights.org

Add to Calendar 11/3/2019 12:30:00 PM 11/3/2019 4:30:00 PM America/New_York Steamin' Day The best time to visit Auburn Heights! Ride our 1/8 size Auburn Valley Railroad and antique steam cars. Tour the mansion and the Marshall Steam Museum, and enjoy some popcorn made by steam power. All tickets include entrance to the grounds and the museum, and house tour tickets are also on sale. For more info visit auburnheights.org Auburn Valley State Park

Behind-the-Scenes Tour, Marshall Bros. Paper Mill

Saturday, November 9, 2019

1:00 PM

$10 per person / limit 12 per tour. Exclusive close-up look at the historic paper mill located at 630 Benge Road. Advance phone-only registration REQUIRED: 302-729-4280

Add to Calendar 11/9/2019 1:00:00 PM 11/9/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Behind-the-Scenes Tour, Marshall Bros. Paper Mill $10 per person / limit 12 per tour. Exclusive close-up look at the historic paper mill located at 630 Benge Road. Advance phone-only registration REQUIRED: 302-729-4280 Auburn Valley State Park

Behind-the-Scenes Tour, Marshall Bros. Paper Mill

Saturday, November 9, 2019

3:00 PM

$10 per person / limit 12 per tour. Exclusive close-up look at the historic paper mill located at 630 Benge Road. Advance phone-only registration REQUIRED: 302-729-4280

Add to Calendar 11/9/2019 3:00:00 PM 11/9/2019 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Behind-the-Scenes Tour, Marshall Bros. Paper Mill $10 per person / limit 12 per tour. Exclusive close-up look at the historic paper mill located at 630 Benge Road. Advance phone-only registration REQUIRED: 302-729-4280 Auburn Valley State Park

Dogs Day Out

Sunday, November 10, 2019

4:00 PM

Bring your well-behaved dog out for an Oversee Farm Trail hike with the Superintendent's dog Sadie, and also meet Canine Leo and his handler Cpl. Trevor Ditmore. Collapsible dog dish prize for all participants! Trail address: 1516 Snuff Mill Road, Hockessin DE

Add to Calendar 11/10/2019 4:00:00 PM 11/10/2019 5:00:00 PM America/New_York Dogs Day Out Bring your well-behaved dog out for an Oversee Farm Trail hike with the Superintendent's dog Sadie, and also meet Canine Leo and his handler Cpl. Trevor Ditmore. Collapsible dog dish prize for all participants! Trail address: 1516 Snuff Mill Road, Hockessin DE Auburn Valley State Park

GOAT "Go Out and Tour" Bike Hike

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

10:00 AM

Come ride with the park interpreter on a super-easy morning bike ride of the Yorklyn Bridge and Trolley Trails. We'll stop to chat along the way about the nature and history of the area as well as ongoing park improvements. Meet at 1165 Yorklyn Road trail lot. Weather dependent- call park office at 302-729-4280 in event of inclement conditions.

Add to Calendar 11/13/2019 10:00:00 AM 11/13/2019 11:00:00 AM America/New_York GOAT "Go Out and Tour" Bike Hike Come ride with the park interpreter on a super-easy morning bike ride of the Yorklyn Bridge and Trolley Trails. We'll stop to chat along the way about the nature and history of the area as well as ongoing park improvements. Meet at 1165 Yorklyn Road trail lot. Weather dependent- call park office at 302-729-4280 in event of inclement conditions. Auburn Valley State Park

Open House Tours

Sunday, November 17, 2019

1:00 PM

Tour the Auburn Heights mansion. In addition to the 1pm and 3pm house tours, there is a 2pm Marshall Steam Museum tour as well. Tickets $8 for mansion OR museum, or $14 for both.

Add to Calendar 11/17/2019 1:00:00 PM 11/17/2019 2:00:00 PM America/New_York Open House Tours Tour the Auburn Heights mansion. In addition to the 1pm and 3pm house tours, there is a 2pm Marshall Steam Museum tour as well. Tickets $8 for mansion OR museum, or $14 for both. Auburn Valley State Park

Marshall Steam Museum tour

Sunday, November 17, 2019

2:00 PM

Tour the Marshall Steam Museum. In addition to the 2pm museum tour there are house tours offered at 1pm and 3pm. Tickets $8 for mansion OR museum, or $14 for both.

Add to Calendar 11/17/2019 2:00:00 PM 11/17/2019 3:00:00 PM America/New_York Marshall Steam Museum tour Tour the Marshall Steam Museum. In addition to the 2pm museum tour there are house tours offered at 1pm and 3pm. Tickets $8 for mansion OR museum, or $14 for both. Auburn Valley State Park

Open House Tours

Sunday, November 17, 2019

3:00 PM

Tour the Marshall Steam Museum tour. In addition to the museum tour, mansion tours are offered at Tickets $8 for mansion OR museum, or $14 for both.

Add to Calendar 11/17/2019 3:00:00 PM 11/17/2019 4:00:00 PM America/New_York Open House Tours Tour the Marshall Steam Museum tour. In addition to the museum tour, mansion tours are offered at Tickets $8 for mansion OR museum, or $14 for both. Auburn Valley State Park