The Read House & Gardens

The Read House & Gardens

Find yourself surrounded by beauty at the George Read II House & Gardens. Step inside and you see why the house and its carefully preserved architectural details and historic gardens have been cherished by so many for so long. The house’s layered history stretches from early Lenape culture to the present, marking centuries of creativity, evolution, and preservation along the way. Whether you’re a historian, a nature lover, an artist, or simply seeking a beautiful place to visit, the Read House & Gardens is sure to leave a lasting impression. Each visit offers an opportunity to make new meanings in this beautiful setting.

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