Choose Your Own Tour at the Read House & Gardens!
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - Thursday, May 11, 2017 
Read House & Gardens, National Historic Landmark -
Read House & Gardens Tours


Read House & GardensThe Read House & Gardens is featuring self-guided tours on Wednesdays and Thursdays through May 11 (dates listed below).

Select your route for exploring the Read House and focus on one or more themes highlighting George Read II, the servants who worked in the house, or the architecture that recently earned the Read House a National Historic Landmark designation.

April 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27
May 3, 4, 10 and 11

Hours: Wednesday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Read House is also open for regular tours, Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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Society Members: Free
Join us!
Adults (over 18) - $7.00
Senior Citizens (over 65), Students (13-21 years old), Military Personnel - $6.00
Youth (6 - 12 years old) - $4.00
Under 6 years of age - FREE



Read House & Gardens, National Historic Landmark


Read House & Gardens
42 The Strand
New Castle, Delaware 19720
(302) 322-8411

On the New Castle riverfront, in the heart of the old city, the twenty-two room, 14,000-square-foot National Historic Landmark 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 layered history of Delaware's earliest inhabitants and settlers survives. Their story unfolds through ongoing archaeology on the property.


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