Arden Forge

Arden is a village and craft colony that was founded in 1900 by Will Price and Frank Stephens. The town was intended to be a model of the Georgist single-tax system. Price and Stephens hoped that the success of Arden would show the power of the single-tax community and ignite an idealistic shift across the United States. To this day, land cannot be bought or sold in Arden. Residents purchase 99-year leases. Shakespearean plays are central to Arden’s character and have been performed in outdoor theaters since it’s founding. The Arts and Crafts industry also played an integral role in the growth and development of the town. Notable residents from Arden’s history include Upton Sinclair, Harry Kemp, and Ellla Reeve Ware. The 163-acre town is approximately 9 miles from Wilmington, DE.

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Carrie Greif