Read House and Gardens, New Castle

#2 of 7 in Historic Sites in New Castle
On the New Castle riverfront, in the heart of the old city, the twenty-two room, 14,000-square-foot 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 layerd history of Delaware's earliest inhabitants and settlers survives. Their story unfolds through ongoing archaeology on the property.

42 The Strand, New Castle, Delaware 19720

(302) 322-8411


Wednesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: CLOSED January-March except by appointment (302-322-8411) and school tours.

Closed major holidays


Society Members: Free

Adults (over 18) - $7.00

Senior Citizens (over 65), Students (10-21 years old), Military Personnel - $6.00

Youth (under 10 years of age) - FREE

Groups tours: please call Antoinette at (302) 295-3284 or email:

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  • This was the house of the son of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. It's worth at least a look from the outside if you're pressed for time. We saw it on a short walk around town,a ...  more »
  • I picked the perfect day to visit the Read House & Gardens in historic New Castle, DE. I was the only one there so I had the tour guide all to myself. It was architecturally impressive and historicall...  more »
  • It's a very nice and well maintained garden. Reminds me of the movie Secret Garden. Though the gentlemen who lives across the street did come to harass my group because we were sitting in the car talking. He wasn't very friendly at all.
  • Neat place to visit. Wish the tour guide knew more but we did learn some neat things! Also, military friendly!! Participates in the Blue Star program and free to military and family until Labor Day!!

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