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Read House & Gardens, New Castle

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
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

Hours:

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

Fees:

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: amaccari@dehistory.org

For additional information please visit http://www.dehistory.org/main-visit/8-home-page/visit-us/our-sites/4-read-house-a-gardens
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  • The read house and gardens were spectacular! The house was gorgeous and worth the time and money to see! The garden was well-maintained and beautiful. It was very cool to see what life was like for th...  more »
  • I took my 89 year old aunt to visit the Read House and Gardens after Christmas and we both enjoyed it very much. Obviously it was in winter so the gardens weren't in bloom, but I thought the Read Hous...  more »
  • We stopped by and the sign on the door said they would be back at 1 pm. We went and had lunch and stopped back and the sign on the door said they would be back at 3 pm. Why not just post the hours? We...  more »
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  • Beautiful ornate building; good guide.
  • Beautiful place. Wonderful gardens and walking paths. Spring and Autumn in the gardens is gorgeous. Impeccably maintained structure. Pleasant staff.
  • Great place to visit in the spring during garden week as is the rest of New Castle at that time.
  • Nice town to walk around in
  • Great history remarkable architecture

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