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Read House & Gardens, New Castle

(4.6/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
On the New Castle riverfront, in the heart of the old city, the twenty-two room, 14,000-square-foot Read House dominates the streetscape with a monumental simplicity and distinctive Philadelphia architectural style. Designed for George Read II, son of a Delaware signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the house combined innovative Federal period design and advanced technological systems to create comfort and refinement.

Outside formal gardens installed in 1848 provided enjoyment for the late nineteenth and early twentieth century residents and continue to delight visitors today. Beneath the soil the layerd history of Delaware's earliest inhabitants and settlers survives. Their story unfolds through ongoing archaeology on the property.

42 The Strand, New Castle, Delaware 19720

(302) 322-8411


Wednesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: CLOSED January-March except by appointment (302-322-8411) and school tours.

Closed major holidays


Society Members: Free

Adults (over 18) - $7.00

Senior Citizens (over 65), Students (10-21 years old), Military Personnel - $6.00

Youth (under 10 years of age) - FREE

Groups tours: please call Antoinette at (302) 295-3284 or email:

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  • Step back in time to a mansion built by the son of one of Delaware's signers of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Alongside the Delaware River, this mansion for a long while was the ta...  more »
  • I recently returned to the Read House for a tour and came away appreciating more about the families that lived there.The house also has beautiful views of the Delaware river and surrounding homes.The ...  more »
  • This stately house overlooking the Delaware River is impressive in both size and style. The gardens also stately, are a must see. 
  • Beautiful place. Wonderful gardens and walking paths. Spring and Autumn in the gardens is gorgeous. Impeccably maintained structure. Pleasant staff.