Please join us for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the new Pollinator Garden at Poplar Hill Mansion developed and installed by Professor David Sheid and his Salisbury University students and made possible through the generosity of the Maryland State Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Samuel Chase Chapter, NSDAR, Wicomico Women’s Club, City of Salisbury, Gen. Deggendorf Memorial Fund, Jane Dibbern Memorial Fund, and the Board of Directors of the Friends of Poplar Hill Mansion, Thursday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m. Followed by a light luncheon in the Mansion.
We would like to give Nancy Robertson a great big thank you as she finishes her terms on the Board of Directors of PHM. Nancy has served two terms (6 years) on the board, including a two your term as Chair. Nancy is a lifelong resident of the Wicomico County on the Eastern Shore and graduated from Wi-Hi. She is retired and enjoys relaxing and spending time with her cats, playing Bingo, and serves on the board of her retirement community. She also has worked with several other local historic organizations such as Wicomico Preservation Trust and the Westside Historical Society. She is currently devoting most of her time to the Whitehaven Heritage Association where she is heading efforts to restore the roof on the Whitehaven Church. For more information about those efforts please visit, www.whitehavenheritage.com. We want to wish Nancy the best of luck in her future endeavors!!!
It is with a heavy heart that the Board of Directors for the Friends of Poplar Hill have decided to cancel the PHM Festival for June 19, 2021. This decision was not made lightly, but given the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19 and the need for social distancing protocals currently in place, the safety of guests, staff, volunteers, vendors, and other participants comes first. It will not be rescheduled for this year, rather we hope to be able to schedule it for June of next year when we will all be able to gather safely and celebrate the history, heritage, and resiliance of Salisbury. Thank you all, and we appreciate your patience during this time.
Poplar Hill Mansion is pleased to announce that our restroom facilities now comply with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. The restoom looks great and now features handlebars, automatic flush system, automatic sink, hand dryer, paper towel dispenser, a brighter light, and baby changing station. There is also an automatic door with a wider entrance and no step down. Thank you to the City of Salisbury for funding the renovation and Paige Industries for doing the work.
We are undergoing a restroom remodel right now at the Mansion. We are converting our two small restrooms into one large restroom that meets the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. The new restroom will include an automatic door, taller lavatory with handrails, automatic sink, and a diaper changing table. Due to the renovation, the Mansion will be closed to the public until the work is complete, which is scheduled to last until the end of February. During this down-time, we are cataloguing artifacts and putting the finishing touches on a brand new exhibit! We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back in March, and we thank you all for your continued patience, understanding, and support.
Don’t want to venture out this holiday season? Poplar Hill Mansion has you covered! We are offering a special deal for the holidays. For $10.00, you can purchase our special Home for the Holiday Tea Box. Each box contains a gourmet tea pyramid, two scones and a bag of assorted cookies for you to enjoy an afternoon tea in the comfort of your own home. Each box also has a bonus keepsake snowflake ornament! You can preorder your boxes by emailing our Curator and pay either online via our website or by check/cash when you pick-up your boxes. The boxes will be available for pick-up from PHM from December 6-10 or delivery within Wicomico County on December 11.
Did you know Salisbury is a National Bee City? With that in mind, we are happy to announce we will be installing a new pollinating garden! Through a generous grant from the Maryland State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the local Chapter Samuel Chase DAR, PHM volunteers will be working on the garden, which was designed by Horticultural Students from Salisbury University under the guidance of our very own David Scheid. The garden, which is based in part on an embroidery from the early 19th century, will feature seasonal pollinating plants, an historic (non-functional) bee skep, a Chippendale fence mimicking the railings at PHM, and a bench, which will be dedicated to Gen Deggendorf, who passed away this year, for her love of PHM and gardening. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting new project!
Poplar Hill Mansion has decided to turn the space in our second floor hallway into a temporary exhibit space. Every year, we will feature a new exhibit pertaining to the history of PHM, the City of Salisbury, or the Federal Period in general. Starting soon and running through the end of next year, we will feature Childhood in the Early 1800s. The first family of PHM had four daughters all raised here at the Mansion. What was their life like? What did they do for fun? What kind of things did they play at? How was it different for boys and girls? This exhibit will showcase artifacts recently donated to PHM from Margaret Reed. Mrs. Reed is 100 years young and was an antiques dealer most of her life. She personally collected miniatures. Her collection features children’s tea sets, Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG) items, tin coffee pots, flatware with bone handles, a bedwarmer, and various other items, including the child size hutch pictured. The exhibit will also include items from PHM’s existing collection of children’s items and some new acquisitions such as a doll’s bed and child’s trunk (see featured artifact), as well as a couple new pieces of artwork depicting children in the early 1800s. We are very excited about this new exhibit and look forward to sharing information and having everyone come in and see all the new to us collection of artifacts.
Poplar Hill Mansion has the go ahead to reopen!!! Starting June 21st at 1:00, we will be resuming our normal hours open for tours. To meet safety guidelines from the CDC and the State of Maryland, there will be some adjustments. No more than 10 guests at a time inside the Mansion for now. Guests will enter the front door and exit through the rear door. Face coverings must be worn at all times while inside the Mansion. Social distancing will also be in effect inside with six feet between guests and docents. Also, no seating inside the house for now. Staff will sanitize surfaces between tours. While we will have our open house hours on Sundays, appointments are highly recommended. We know that all these measures might take some getting used to, but we want our guests and staff to remain safe. We will keep everyone posted on updates.
It is with a heavy heart that we have to cancel the PHM Festival for June 20, 2020, as well as other upcoming events for the forseeable future. This decision was not made lightly, but given the current situation regarding COVID-19 and the uncertainty for how long social distancing protocals currently in place will last, under guidance from the City of Salisbury, we have to think about the safety of guests, staff, volunteers, vendors, and other participants. It will not be rescheduled for this year, rather we look forward to seeing you all next year on June 19, 2021 when we will all be able to gather safely and celebrate the history, heritage, and resiliance of Salisbury. Thank you all, and we hope you and all your loved ones stay safe during this time.