High Street and Ross Station Road in Seaford are home to two hidden jewels of Delaware history, both owned and operated by the Seaford Historical Society, a group which formed in 1972 and grew to become a 501c3 nonprofit organization with 500-plus members.
The Seaford Museum, 203 High St. in the former post office building, is an outstanding small museum, showcasing a timeline of Seaford-area history in many unique ways.
The Governor Ross Plantation, at 23669 Ross Station Road, is the first historical site acquired by the society. It is the only site in Delaware that describes plantation life around the Civil War era. The Victorian Italianate mansion built by Gov. William H.H. Ross circa 1859 holds a fascinating array of original and period-related artifacts. The Slave Quarter is the only documented log slave quarter in the state. There are several other historical outbuildings on the 20-acre property.
Seaford Historical Society members recently learned, through a professional assessment, of the severely damaged condition of the Ross mansion roof along with structural damage to the building due to termites and drainage issues. Improvements and repairs are also needed at the museum. The need to fund the ongoing preservation and protection of Seaford history was the inspiration for the society's Raise the Roof Gala.
On Saturday night, Sept. 28, the Seaford Fire Hall will rock to the tunes of the Funsters, a well-known local band which has been performing for more than 20 year. Lead singer Sherman Ward is a Seaford native. The dinner/dance event begins at 5 p.m. with a social hour which includes cash bar, light refreshments and silent auction. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department. A live auction will be held at 7:15 p.m. along with 50/50 and door prize drawings. At 8 p.m., the Funsters take to the stage and the roof will be raised. Proceeds benefit the society with a portion going toward the Ross Mansion roof replacement project.
Tickets are $45 per person and are limited and going fast. To purchase tickets call the Seaford Historical Society Office at 302-628-9828 or visit www.seafordhistoricalsociety.com and print out a reservation form. Cash, checks and credit cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and AMEX, are accepted.