LIT for the Holidays
Saturday, December 08, 2018  6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Read House & Gardens, National Historic Landmark -
Special Event


Come hang with us!

Grab a glass of historical punch and take in the spectacular interiors of one of America’s newest National Historic Landmarks! The Read House was built around 1800, steps away from where William Penn first landed in America, and remains one of the finest examples of Philadelphia federal-style architecture. And did we mention that during Prohibition it had its own basement speak easy? Come see it decked out for the holidays and help us reimagine a Delaware gem for the 21st century.

$15 non-members / $12 members and students with ID**
Includes drinks, light snacks, and VIP mansion tour

Click HERE for tickets.

**All tickets $2 higher at the door

PLUS - Shop while you mingle: brose prints and holiday cards from local watercolor illustrator Quinn Fusting

by Quinn Fusting    by Quinn Fusting    by Quinn Fusting   by Quinn Fusting



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.


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

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