Amstel House Museum and Gardens, New Castle

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Amstel House, also known as Dr. Finney House, is a preserved building in New Castle, Delaware, United States. 19th century New Castle's decline meant that many owners of homes could no longer afford to make changes to them, which is why so many buildings were preserved. That changed, however, when New Castle was "rediscovered" during the Colonial Revival phase of the 1920s and 1930s and old buildings began to be torn down and replaced by new construction.
In 1931, to protect New Castle's heritage, a group of concerned citizens raised funds to buy the Amstel House, which faced an uncertain fate. This was the town's first formal preservation effort. Shortly thereafter the group evolved into the New Castle Historical Society which, in the 75 years that have followed, has worked closely with the city and other civic organizations to save, preserve and restore many of the town's historic architectural treasures.
It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
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  • The Amstel House fills the gap between the Dutch House and the Read House in telling the story of New Castle's history. The architecture is brought alive by excellent tour guides, who share the...  more »
  • This beautiful building was apparently the epicenter of high society back in the day. It's somewhat simple architecture is also beautiful. Considered the first mansion in Delaware it was also the...  more »
  • This 1730s Georgian mansion, the Amstel House, was built by wealthiest landowner, Dr. John Finney. It features original woodwork, fine architectural details and an open hearth. A governor lived here; Delaware Signers of the Declaration of Independence stopped in here to meet with friends; George Washington attended a wedding in the parlor. Special events include A Day in Old New Castle (May), The Hauntings Tour (October) and Spirit of Christmas (December). Walk-in, guided tours are available April 1 - December 30. Museum hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm. Amstel House tours begin at 10 am, Noon, and 2 pm. Sunday, 12-4. Amstel House tours begin at Noon and 2 pm. Tours are approximately 45 minutes.
  • The gardens are the best

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