Current Exhibits  

“Reflections of Middletown”: A photographic exhibit focusing on the individuals and the different aspects of life while living in Middetown. This exhibit was opened during the 2016 Peach Festival and will be on display for a year.


J. Lemont Jones operating the grocery store located in the Cochran Building (Circa 1925) Sparks Collection

” William D.Willis, “Through The Lens”, A World War II Exhibition”:  A traveling exhibit on loan from the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. The exhibit features photographs taken by William D.Willis, a Photo-Technician stationed in England during WWII and focuses on life on the Home Front along with life off the front lines. This exhibit will be on display in Middletown until July 2017


William D.Willis, Photo-Technician stationed in England during WWII. HCA Collection

Past Exhibits 

 “Middletown’s 150th Anniversary”: In celebration of the anniversary of the incorporation of Middletown, we explore the evolution of the area every 50 years beginning in 1611.

DSC01477Map of Middletown – 1868.  Published in the Middletown Centennial Celebration booklet.  MHS Collection.

“Middletown Goes To War”: An exhibit which featured the contributions of Middletown’s veterans from the Revolutionary War to the present-day.  This exhibit was on display from May 2013 through July 2016.


“Camp Young, Calif. Mojave Dessert. 1942” Motter Collection.


Permanent Exhibits 

“Middletonians Go to School: A History of Educating the Local Populace”: This exhibit takes a look at the Middletown Academy 1827-1929 and the evolving education system, private, public, and boarding schools, in Middletown.


Class of 1914 on the steps of the Old Academy building. Photo signed “John N. Sparks, Jr. 5 W. Redding St.”  Sparks Collection.

“The Peach Industry Around Middletown in the 19th and 20th centuries”:  Just in time for our annual Middletown Peach Festival, this exhibit highlights the growth of Middletown through its prosperous peach industry and how industrialization changed the Middletown economy.

Peach growing“Scene Around Middletown, Del.” Postcard. MHS Collection.

“Downtown Abbey: Middletown in the time of PBS’S ‘Downton Abbey,’ 1912-1924”: Inspired by the popular PBS series Downton Abbey, this exhibit features the popular styles and clothing of Middletown’s residents.  Coming Fall 2013.

2013.28.1023William Young Ellison.  “1st picture of us – WY Ellison & Wife – after marriage…” 1918.  Motter Collection.

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