History & Mission
When the Kirkwood family purchased the Resort in 1978, they began to restore Worthington Hall. Neighbors and members of the Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company also worked on the restoration. Thanks to extensive efforts led by Mrs. Virginia Kirkwood, the Hall was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places and won the prestigious Phoenix Award, presented by the Society of American Travel Writers.
On June 24, 1985, an arsonist burned the beautiful Shawnee Playhouse down. With a great deal of help from the people of Shawnee on Delaware, the Seabees, the Hughes Foundation, the National endowment for the Arts, The National Trust, a Community Development Block Grant, and generous donations from many individuals and friends, the Shawnee Playhouse was rebuilt. The Kirkwood family is very proud of the Shawnee Playhouse and its history, and they hope you enjoy your experience in this historic building.
Providing affordable entertainment year-round.
Serving as a training ground for young theatre performers and technicians.
Engaging, entertaining, and fostering appreciation of live theatre for adults, teens and children.