The Hockessin Historical Society has been lobbying the Delaware General Assembly for about $150,000 needed to construct a museum that would hold Hockessin's documents, artifacts and paintings all in the one building adjacent to the historic Tweed's Tavern.
The museum's engineering and architectural drawings were already completed,
Hockessin Historical Society President Joe Lake said at the Greater Hockessin Area Development Association meeting held Monday. But the additional money was needed for the actual construction, the so-called "bricks and mortar stage," he said.
This building would be the last component of Tweed's Park off Valley Road, Lake said. Currently, Hockessin's important documents and artwork were scattered throughout town.
In the last couple of fiscal years, New Castle County and the state of Delaware had pledged a combined $150,000 for the museum's construction, Lake said. But the money always seemed to evaporate at the last second, he said.
Namely, it was harder for unincorporated areas like the village of Hockessin to petition Dover for funding even though Hockessin had contributed its fair share of taxes, Lake said. In comparison, incorporated areas such as Wilmington, Newark and Middletown had an easier time of it since they could petition the government on a more formal basis.
State Rep. Joe Miro (R-Foxfire) told Lake he needed a letter from the Hockessin Historical Society so that the could formally present that document to the General Assembly's Bond Bill Committee.
Lake said he would get that to him by the end of the week after running the letter by the society's members.