In 1975 the Delaware Historical Society accepted stewardship of the Read House and Gardens historic site. The site comprises a Federal period mansion on the Delaware River surrounded by over two acres of green space in Delaware’s colonial and first state capital, New Castle. The Delaware Historical Society began intensive research to understand and interpret the history of the house, landscape, and the inhabitants and events that affected each. That research, paired with architectural investigation of the house, directed the restoration and interpretation of the structure.


Research on the landscape began at the same time and covers a much longer history. Through historical archaeology the presence and activities of early settlers and native inhabitants on the property has been documented, as well as the residents who left written records of their influence on the property. Over 300 years of Delaware history can be explored at this site.

Delaware History Museum   |  Mitchell Center for African American Heritage   |   Old Town Hall   |   Research Library   |   Willingtown Square    |   Read House & Gardens  

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The Delaware Historical Society is the statewide, non-profit organization that explores, preserves, shares, and promotes Delaware history, heritage, and culture to strengthen our community.