Auburn Heights Preserve is Delaware’s newest State Park site thanks to the generosity of Thomas and Ruth Marshall. The preserve encompasses nearly 200 acres of protected land, with the 4-acre core estate located on a hilltop adjacent to the Red Clay Creek and the original family mill buildings.
For more than a half century, the Marshalls invited the community to visit Auburn Heights and the Marshall Steam Museum for special events and gatherings. While no longer a private residence, the mansion still holds the mementos and antique furnishings that tell the story of three generations of the Marshall family. The Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve, Inc. and Delaware State Parks proudly continue the Marshall tradition of sharing the mansion, museum, and grounds with the community through tours and educational programs that highlight the Marshall family’s contributions to Delaware industrial history.
Although Tom and Ruth Marshall no longer live at Auburn Heights, it is not unusual to see them working on the property—tending to the cars, gardens, trains, and buildings. They remain the cornerstone of the volunteer base that makes up the Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve, Delaware State Parks’ partner in operating this site.