This is the official government website of the Village of Arden, Delaware.

Click here to see the new website to which we are moving.

The Village of Arden was founded in 1900 as a utopian, single-tax community based on the economic philosophy of Henry George. 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.

Town Meeting Minutes

Read what went on at recent Town Meetings. The minutes of the March, 2015 meeting ARE AVAILABLE HERE, and hard copies are available in the Arden Library and at the Buzz Ware Village Center just outside the town office door.

If you would like the minutes delivered to you as soon as they are first drafted, please call the town secretary at 302 475-3516.

Next Regular Town Meeting: Monday, September 28, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at Gild Hall.

Office Hours

1st & 3rd Wednesdays,
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Buzz Ware Village Center
2119 The Highway
Arden, DE 19810

Committee Members

Click here to see who serves on what committee. This list changes every 4th Monday in March, when elections are held at the town meeting for officers and committee members.

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 a Room at the Buzz Ware Village Center

Reserve the Field Theater, Sherwood Green, Arden Green, or Indian Circle

Reserve Gild Hall (The Arden Club is a separate entity from the Village of Arden.)

Arden Vacant Property Registration and Fees.

Open Government. Click here to see the State of Delaware's summary of its Open Government laws, including a FOIA request form.

Meeting Times?

See the calendar!

Village Finances, Vouchers

Forms to use for deposits and requests for payment, financial reports, Vacant Dwelling application form, and more.

Buzz Ware Village Center:

2015 Audit Report

March 24, 2015 Financial Statements and Audit Report

March 23, 2015 Election Results

Click here to see the results of the March 23, 2015 election of officers and committees. Jeffrey Politis was elected the new Chair of the Town Assembly. If your name was on the ballot for any position, many in the village should appreciate your willingness to serve, even if you were not elected.

November 2014 Budget Referendum, Assessors Election Results

Click here to see the Assessors Election and Budget Referendum Results of November, 2014. 246 residents voted in the 2015-2016 Budget Referendum = 74% of the 331 eligible. 154 approved the entire budget; 167 votes were needed. 87 voters disapproved individual line items in the budget, but only the Playground Committee's budget had enough disapprovals -- 76 -- so it was not approved, meaning the Playground Committee will have no budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. All the other line items were approved. Assessors elected were in the following order: Brooke Bovard (convener), Warren Rosenkranz, Denis O’Regan, Gary Quinton, Bill Theis, Joe del Tufo and Jeff Politis.

Conflict of Interest Policy

Click here to see the Conflict of Interest Policy adopted by the Town Assembly on September 22, 2014.

Office Hours

1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7:30–8:30 p.m., at the Buzz Ware Village Center town office.

Updated Recycling List

Monday is the single day for collection of all trash, recyclables and yard waste in all three Ardens. 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. This list was updated in April, 2014.

Election Results, March, 2014

Election Results for Officers and Committee Members in the Village of Arden

List of All Committee Members

Forest Easement Agreement

Forest easement agreement for 2409 Woodland Lane

History of The Buzz

Connee McKinney's 100-page history of the Buzz Ware Village Center written in 2004.

Financial Reports, Policies

Click here to see the financial reports, budget, and policies of the Village of Arden, Delaware.

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.


The Arts & Crafts Community at Arden, Delaware: an article on the Old House Journal website. October, 2011

American Dreams: Life in the Ardens, an article by Dante Silicato of Ardencroft for 9/19/2011

Officers and Committee Members: who serves and when their terms expire.

Town Charter: Click here to see our town charter on the State of Delaware website.

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 upper left and right to learn about the current role of government in the Village of Arden.

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Town Charter

Click here to see our town charter on the State of Delaware website.

How Arden Works

A brief guide to how village government is organized, and all the work volunteer committees do to keep things running.

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