This is the official government website of the Village of Arden, Delaware.
We are a utopian, single-tax community noted for its arts, crafts, and theater, with a town-meeting form of government, a place where homeowners lease their land from a trust, and where half the land is forests and greens. Founded in 1900, the village is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Next Regular Town Meeting: Monday, January 27, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at Gild Hall.
At that meeting, a vacant position on the Buzz Ware Village Center Committee will be filled.
2nd and 4th Wednesdays,
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Buzz Ware Village Center
2119 The Highway
Arden, DE 19810
Arden Library On-Line Catalog
Alton Dahl, with help from his son, Erik, and from Larry Strange, have created an on-line catalog for the Arden Library. Give it a try!
Instructions: Click here to enter the library catalog. Then click on the "Guest Account" button and then on the "Login" button. There is no need to enter an Account Name or Password. If you have problems, please contact Alton Dahl.
Permits, Reservations, Forms
Right of Way Permits
(required of all those working on Village of Arden rights of way, including county workers and utility companies).
Reserve Gild Hall (The Arden Club is a separate entity from the Village of Arden.)
Village Finances, Vouchers
Buzz Ware Village Center:
Click here to see the Voting Results for Assessors Election and Budget Referendum of November, 2013. Participation was 68% of eligible voters. 175 approved the budget; 168 votes were needed. Assessors elected were in the following order: Brooke Bovard (convener), Denis O’Regan, Tom Wheeler, Gary Quinton, Bill Theis, Warren Rosenkranz, and Joe del Tufo.
On October 8, Cecilia Vore created new versions of How Arden Government Works and List of Arden Committee Members. The latter was updated again in November, 2013 after Laura Wallace resigned from the Buzz Ware Village Committee. That position will be filled at the January, 2014 town meeting.
September, 2013 meeting of the Town Assembly of the Village of Arden
Financial Reports, Policies
2013 Audit Report
Election Results, March, 2013
- Election Results for Officers and Committee Members in the Village of Arden
- Updated List of Committee Members
Trash, Recycling, Yard Waste picked up on Mondays
Monday is the single day for all trash, recyclables and yard waste collections in all three Ardens. The new contracts that Arden, Ardentown and Ardencroft have with Waste Management provide for a single day for all pickups. Mondays is now our collection day. If Monday is a holiday, pickup is the following day. During weather emergencies, trash is picked up as soon as it is safe to do so. Click here to see what can be recycled and what goes into the trash instead.
Arden's Population, Roads: 439 people live in the Village of Arden as of the 2010 U.S. Census. We have 3.63 miles of paved roads. About 350 adult residents are eligible to vote at town meetings.
Fallen Limbs Not Rubbish. At 9:15 on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Councilman John Cartier introduced our Forest Stewardship ordinance and it was unanimously approved by New Council County Council. Fallen limbs are no longer considered rubbish in The Ardens and cannot be ticketed by the County.
Officers and Committee Members: who serves and when their terms expire.
Arden, Delaware, has been a Single-Tax, Arts and Crafts, Garden-City Utopia since 1900.
The Village of Arden was founded in 1900 by sculptor Frank Stephens and architect Will Price, with financial help from Joseph Fels, the soap manufacturer. One of 17 land trusts founded between 1894 and 1950, Arden is based on the Single-Tax economic philosophy of Henry George. As a result, a person's house is not taxed, only the land it sits on. The land is owned in common and managed by three trustees. Inspired by the Garden-City Movement, half the land is woods and open space. Foot paths criss-cross the village.
Arden is known for its artists and also for its theater. Stages abound, including two at the Arden Club and one managed by the Village of Arden: the outdoor Field Theatre. In nearby Ardentown, you will find the New Candlelight Dinner Theatre. The entire community is registered as a Historic Place by the federal government, as are neighboring Ardentown (founded 1922) and Ardencroft (founded 1950). This history is preserved by the non-profit Arden Craft Shop Museum, which preserves the Village of Arden's Archives.
Arden in its early decades was the summer home of artists, musicians, theater people and social activists. In those times it had a summer camp atmosphere and the village still feels like a summer camp in many ways, all year long, in large part because of the activities scheduled at the Village of Arden's Buzz Ware Village Center. and by the non-profit cultural umbrella, The Arden Club and its many Gilds. Once a year, the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, the Arden Club hosts the Arden Fair. Also, every month, the Arden Community Recreation Association hosts a family event.
Explore the links to the left and right to learn about the current role of government in the Village of Arden.