Small Market Meetings

MAY 2017

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Page 27 of 35 Venue Showcase 28 By Kristy Alpert Above: The historic church at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village frequently hosts weddings. Left: A conference room at the museum can be set for small events. T o call the quaint village and historic buildings that encom- pass the 10 acres of pristine farmland in Delaware's Delmarva Peninsula a museum seems a misnomer. No sterile walls or strict security system await visitors when they arrive; instead, guests are greeted by the rhythmic clucking of chickens, the grassy scent of freshly drawn milk and the beautiful sight of children playing on the lawn. Life is simple at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, and that's all by design. The museum operates as Loockerman Landing vil- lage, a re-created 19th-century rural village with a farmstead, a one- room schoolhouse, a church, a gristmill, a train station, a general store, a barber shop, a blacksmith shop and more, all tucked within the confines of this frozen-in-time town. The purpose of the museum is to give visitors a glimpse of what life was like before cellphones and Wi-Fi, and to leave behind a legacy for future generations. Though Loockerman Landing is a fictional town, visitors are sur- prised to learn that the outbuildings that line the streets are not repro- ductions, but actual historic buildings that were brought from else- where in the state to add to the authenticity of the village. The oldest one is the Cornhouse, dating back to 1825, when it was used to store dried, filed corn through winter. Visitors can step into the past by touring the exhibit buildings, where more than 12,000 artifacts are on display, including a 1700s log cabin, a mock milkable cow, a 1930s kitchen, a 1941 Steerman airplane crop sprayer, the first Broiler Chicken House, a soil exhibit and three galleries with rotating exhibits throughout the year. The exhibit build- Photos courtesy DE Ag Museum and Village ings also act as some of the most popular venues for hosting meetings, with room for up to 300 people and plenty of breakout spaces and smaller venues for more intimate gatherings. The entire village can be rented out, as well as the farm grounds, which makes the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village an unusual venue for hosting celebrations and special events like wed- dings, cocktail parties, picnics, reunions, receptions, press conferences and political events. A Delaware Farm

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