Read House and Gardens, New Castle

4.6
#2 of 7 in Historic Sites in New Castle
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Read House & Gardens is a historic house museum at 42 The Strand in New Castle, Delaware. The house, built in 1797-1804 for George Read, Jr., was the largest and most sophisticated residence in the state at the time, and is a significant early example of high-style Federal period architecture. The adjacent formal gardens were laid out in the late 1840s by William Couper, the house's third owner. The property was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2016, and is part of the landmark New Castle Historic District. The house is now owned and operated by the Delaware Historical Society as a museum.
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  • This mansion tells the stories of three families who lived there from the early 1800s through the donation of the building to the Historical Society. It is kept in excellent condition, with period...  more »
  • Read House is a beautifully preserved Federal style house overlooking the Delaware river. We ended up having a private tour as it was out of season and our guide was very knowledgable. If you are...  more »
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  • 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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