The Buttonwood Colored School Museum and Community Center

The Buttonwood Colored School Museum and Community Center

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Family Reunions
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Youth Parties
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


Worried about Covid and social distancing? No problem. Try our Beautiful 3-acre outdoor space available for parties and cookouts and family fun. Unlike the Delaware State Parks you have access to public restrooms (no outhouses) and DJ music is permitted with ample parking. Easy one stop preparation for your events. Need something extra? Our third party vendor is here to provide you with all additional amenities such as bouncy houses, tents, tables and chairs should you desire.

Available for:
Church Services
Art Shows
Baby Showers
Bridal Showers
Cook outs
Family Reunions

Come see the beautiful wood floors, crafted windows, classic venue and outdoor space for yourself.

Explore the history… Buttonwood Colored School was a ray of light for its students. Opened in 1926 during this nation’s period of segregation, the 1st through 8th graders who attended Buttonwood found a sense of joy and camaraderie within the school’s walls. While the world outside could be cruel, Buttonwood offered a close knit community where students could sing, dance, and play ball together, all while learning.

Now, through the efforts of a group of alumni, Buttonwood Colored School is a thriving museum and community center. Saved from demolition, and restored to its original state, this beautiful building stands as a testament to the perseverance of this community during a time of pain and injustice. Come and experience the history and connect with the deep roots of this rich community. Tour the museum or plan your next special event in our fully equipped and beautifully restored facility. Large space for all your accommondating needs, e.g. classroom style, u shape, etc. max capcity indoors 300.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 300 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 75
  • Largest Theatre Style: 150
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 250
  • Largest Seated Reception: 300
  • Largest Standing Reception: 300

Featured Amenities

  • Accessible Facilities
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Near Public Transit
  • Outdoor Space
  • Paid Parking
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


111 Buttonwood Avenue,
New Castle, Delaware 19720


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • TaxiTaxi
  • TrainTrain
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Philadelphia International - 30 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Philadelphia - 30 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes
  • Car Charging Stations: No

Nearby Cities

New Castle, Bear, Wilmington, Newport, We are less then a mile to I-95 & 295 and easily accessible to the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: No
  • External Catering Allowed: Yes
  • Can Bring in Own Food: yes
  • Cultural Catering Available: No
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: No


  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: No
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Projector Screen

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: No
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No
  • Cannabis Consumption: No
  • Eco Friendly: Yes
  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No