Bellevue State Park Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
July 2, 1977 / July 2, 2017
Bellevue was established as a State Park in 1977, and was previously the home of William DuPont, Jr., a bank executive and prominent figure in thoroughbred horse racing and breeding. The estate features a large mansion home, nine-furlong racetrack, the Figure 8 Barn, extensive stables and paddocks and a first class clay court tennis center used by DuPont’s wife, Margaret Osbourne, a champion professional tennis player. Originally constructed in 1855 as a gothic stone castle, Bellevue Mansion was renovated by DuPont in the 1930’s to reflect the architectural style of Montpellier, his childhood home. In addition to the DuPont mansion and estate, Bellevue State Park also includes the mansion and grounds of the Daniel Cauffiel estate and the historic Mount Pleasant Meeting House, Parsonage and cemetery.
Come celebrate Bellevue State Park with the staff and the Friends of Bellevue, on Sunday, July 2, 2017 from 11AM to 1030PM. The day begins at 11 AM with a concert by the 85 member Chester County Concert Band at Noon, the afternoon is filled with family activities including a park wide scavenger hunt with prizes, face painting, sand art, food trucks, an open house at Bellevue Hall (staged for a wedding), tennis clinic, disc golf clinic, dog training and related dog activities, corn hole, Mounted Police, bike program, zoo exhibit, Tri-state bird rescue, Wilmington Trail Club and Friends groups, and much more. WJBR radio will be there to help out. The evening will include a Craft Beer Garden on the Patio and a concert by Kategory 5, (a 70’s – 80’s Band) and we will end the evening with a guided hike through the estate and an introduction to observing the Night Sky. Friends will be selling 50/50 tickets. Come and enjoy the many planned activities or take a walk or bike ride on our trails, do a little fishing at the Big Pond, bring the kids to the playgrounds or enjoy a picnic on the lawn and enjoy the entertainment! Park entrance will be free for the day.
The Friends of Bellevue State Park is a 501(c)(3) non profit volunteer based organization dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the scenic, historic and wildlife values of the park through dialog, volunteering, education and fundraising.
Friends of Bellevue State Park