Read House & Gardens

42 The Strand, New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 322-8411

Visit Read House & Gardens

Overlooking the Delaware River in Historic New Castle, the 14,000-square-foot Read House is preserved as a National Historic Landmark and a beacon of design inspiration.

It was completed in 1804 for George Read II, son of one of Delaware’s signers of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, with 2.5 acres of historic grounds developed between 1848 and the 1930s. Between 1920 and 1975, Philip and Lydia Laird’s colonial-revival vision for the Read House & Gardens became known across America through dozens of magazines from Town & Country to Mademoiselle. Visitors today find their own meaning in the space through indoor and outdoor tours, artistic collaborations, social events in the gardens, and a variety of programming.

To learn more about the Read House & Gardens, find out how to visit, or join the email list, go to

For more information about other Delaware Historical Society sites and historic buildings, see Plan your visit.

At this time the House is available by appointment only. To make an appointment use the group tour portal or email us at **Please be sure your visit has been confirmed by a Read House staff member prior to your arrival.**

To make your visit more comfortable, all of our tours now include the option to amplify your guide’s voice using your personal mobile device. Please indicate interest in audio amplification during the booking process.

Coming this Fall!

“The New Tour”

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Garden Hours:


Dawn until Dusk

The gardens are open year-round for you to enjoy at your own pace, free of charge.

Please Note:  There are no restrooms available on-site at this time


Check our calendar for upcoming events!

Adults (over 18): $8

Members: FREE

Seniors (65+): $7

ACCESS Cardholders: $2

Military (Blue Star Program):  FREE

Children/Students/Teachers: FREE

Participating Organization in Brandywine Valley Adventure Pass

& Hours

Private &
Group Tours

Field Trips