Located in what is known on the National Historic Register as the “Benson-Hoffecker House”, Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home and Cremation Services is proud to offer one of the finest and largest facilities in the State of Delaware.
Home to two former U.S. Congressmen, the house was built in 1829 and features some of the finest features of late Federal style architecture in the area. The home was purchased by the Bryson family in 1984, and after our first phase of renovations, was opened to serve the public in 1986.
The home offers many charming historical details such as exquisite moldings, chair rails, and ten-foot ceilings. The exterior features slate and stone on the walls and porch, copper dormers, and even a hitching post original to the home.
After hearing many requests from members of the Smyrna-Clayton community requesting a fully modern and spacious facility, we responded. In 1995 we began “phase two” of our renovations by constructing a large 6000 square foot addition to the rear of the funeral home. Construction was completed in 1996, and needless to say, we were overwhelmed by the warm reception our facility received.
Our new facility features complete accessibility for the elderly/disabled, seating for over 200, state of the art sound-systems, capabilities for singers, musicians, video tribute presentations, and endless possibilities for personalizing the funeral service.
Our chapel is attired in colonial Williamsburg décor with a lovingly restored 100+year old stained-glass window. The window was obtained from a historic church in the area. We feature complimentary valet parking, and offer the largest parking capacity in the area.
In 2005, we completed renovations to our offices and our selection area which features a consumer friendly state of the art display of caskets, burial vaults, urns, clothing, memorial products, etc. Additionally, we offer a myriad of options for personalizing the funeral to create a meaningful tribute.
Our grounds are beautifully landscaped and feature many species of old trees and shrubs.
Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home and Cremation Services is proud to offer the finest facilities in the area – a perfect blend of history and tradition with the amenities and technologies of the modern era.