Greater Harrington Historical Society

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108 Fleming Street            Harrington, DE 19952

1st Sunday of the month        12pm – 5pm                                 3rd Sunday of the month       2pm-4pm

Tours also available by appointment. Call 302-398-3698 or 302-670-6158 to schedule your visit today!


Come celebrate the City of Harrington’s 150th birthday!

Throughout its history, whenever our nation made a call to arms, the citizens of the Harrington area answered the call. Some of these citizens made the ultimately sacrifice to protect our country and our way of life.

On Monday, May 27, 2019, the city will be hosting a Memorial Day Event and Parade to honor those that have given their lives for our freedom. We also want to invite all current and former members of the military to join the parade and festivities that day, allowing all of us to show our thanks to all that have served our country in all branches of the military.

To begin the days events, the Harrington Business Association will be hosting a Red, White and Blue Color Run/Walk. This family fun event is for all ages and a perfect way to kick off our patriotic celebration. To sign for the fun, please click the link: Red, White and Blue Color Run

Nothing is more patriotic than a parade. To honor all of our men and women that have served in our Armed Forces, with a special focus on those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our country, we will be hosting a Memorial Day Parade, beginning at 9:00 am. The parade will begin at W. T. Chipman Junior High School, proceed down Dorman Street, turning onto Commerce Street, ending at Asbury Church on Weiner Ave. To be a participant in the parade, contact Doug Poore, 302-670-6158 or email:

After the parade, join the descendants of the Clark and Harrington families as we place a wreath at the Clark Cemetery Monument across from the Harrington Police Department. Then we will hear from General George Washington about Delaware’s contribution to the Revolutionary War. General Washington’s appearance has been made possible through a grant from the Delaware Humanities. Thank you!

The Greater Harrington Historical Society then will honor 2nd Lt. John Butler, killed in action during the D-Day Invasion. Lt Butler’s family has allowed the Historical Society to preserve his military and personal artifacts and a special display will be dedicated that day.

After these events, please join the American Legion Post 7, 150th Anniversary Committee and members of the Greater Historical Society as we complete our Memorial Day remembrance portion of the day. For decades, the American Legion Post 7 has placed wreathes at Hollywood Cemetery. We will join them to place wreathes at selected heroes of Harrington’s past who served our military and at the grave of Matthew Clark, the man that originally laid out the city. This portion of the day will occur at approximately 11 am.

And to conclude our day’s events, please come celebrate the start of summer and share stories of your family members that served our country. The Greater Harrington Historical Society museums on Fleming Street will be open till 4 pm. And yes the soda fountain will be open for old fashioned fountain sodas and ice cream floats!

Welcome to the Greater Harrington Historical Society. We here at the society strive to preserve the history of our area through the collection of artifacts and living history. Whether you are looking to see how our city began, what businesses have been in our town, or look back at our churches and civic organizations, we have something for everyone. Our collections also includes documents and photographs that anyone who is working on genealogy will find invaluable in learning more about their family tree. No matter if you are a lifelong resident, a Harringtonian at heart, or just interested in history, we here at the Greater Harrington Historical Society will be happy to give you a tour you will find interesting and full of fun.