Welcome to the Village of Arden, Delaware, USA

About the Village of Arden, Delaware

The Village of Arden was founded in 1900 as a Single Tax community based on the economic philosophy of Henry George, as well as the Arts and Crafts movement of William Morris and the Garden Cities of Ebenezer Howard. It is still noted for its arts, crafts, music, and theater. Half the land is forests and greens, which are not taxed. As a “Tree City USA,” our tree canopy is 73%. The village is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Arden has a town-meeting form of government. With 197 leaseholds and about 500 residents, it is the oldest and largest of the three villages known as The Ardens: Arden, Ardentown, and Ardencroft. Each has a separate municipal government.

The communal land in each village, such as the woods and greens, is owned by each municipality while the land leased out for dwellings is owned by a trust; that is, people own their houses but pay rent on their leaseholds in the form of taxes. Those taxes — land rent — cover village, county, and local school expenses and is assessed on the square footage of each leasehold.

Committee & Officers Election Results

The election of committee members and officers for the Village of Arden was conducted at the Town Meeting on Monday, March 28. The vote count was completed on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. There were 91 ballots cast; 85 in person, 6 absentee. You can download the results here. For the a full list of all committees and officers, including continuing members and committee contact information, click here. See the REGISTRATION PAGE (under Committees) to learn more about elections in the Village of Arden.