Mission, Vision, and Values


The Friends of Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site exists to ensure the preservation of the Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site, located at 961 S. Old Baltimore Pike, Newark, Delaware, and its grounds; and to promote public access to the site. The FCBHS accomplishes this by engaging in one or more of the following activities:

1.      Promoting public awareness of and advocacy for this mission and this historic site;

2.      Securing funds to support and enhance the restoration, preservation, maintenance, and operation of this historic site;

3.      Ensuring financial support for improvements that enhance activities, programs, and contents of this historic home and grounds;

4.      Supporting the development of historical and horticultural interpretation and public programs to promote state and local history as well as heritage and ecotourism;

5.      Forming partnerships with organizations that can help and benefit from this outstanding historical and cultural treasure.

6.      Supporting the development of historical interpretation―through rigorous research―that illuminates life today by revealing and understanding the stories of people who lived, visited, worked, died, and fought for independence at the site.


We are an independent organization aligned with the standards and philosophy of the site owner, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.


We bring diverse backgrounds, interests, and perspectives to collaborate in work characterized by respect, energy, and commitment. We achieve our mission inclusively, collegially, and with integrity.


The historical, cultural, and environmental legacy of the Cooch’s Bridge Historic Site endures through an ever-growing community that stewards the site as a significant public resource.


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