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Read House and Gardens

Address: 42 The Strand, New Castle, DE
Phone Number: 302-322-8411
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Ranked #2 of 18 Attractions in New Castle
Type: Historic Sites, Outdoors
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Houston, Texas
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126 reviews 126 reviews
73 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This was an interesting place to stop for an hour or so. The house has been restored in some parts to its original state, and in other parts it is restored to what it looked like when subsequent owners were living there. As a casual observer, I would say that the restoration work is quite nice. One thing we found... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Beautiful house, very interesting history. Rooms are preserved at different times in the home's history which makes for a more interesting tour.

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New Haven, Connecticut
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Yes kids enjoyed it and very beautiful. Learned a lot about the plants. Excellent experience. Hope to visit another time and great outdoor place to be in

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southeast Pennsylvania
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61 reviews 61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

The George Read house , in the historic section of New Castle, is one of the best presented early American homes I've ever visited. We stopped there on a whim, on a blustery mid-week afternoon, and were treated to a detailed tour. Our docent's knowledge of the house, its occupants, and the time periods represented by the decor was prodigious.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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109 reviews 109 reviews
44 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

There aren't many places in the US that date back 212 years! A great example of early American ingenuity and design, the Read House offers a peek into life in the early 1800's. Over the house's lifespan, only three individuals have owned it, mostly keeping the integrity and opulence of the time period. Most of what had been changed or... More

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Columbia, MD
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67 reviews 67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

This is a Georgian era home, quite attractive with a nice garden and views of the Delaware River. What I found most interesting about this home is the cellar which served as a tavern for the rich during prohibition when the owner would run their yachts and sea planes down to Cuba to pick up illegal booze and bring it... More

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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173 reviews 173 reviews
98 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

This is a must do tour. The house is well kept and attractive from the outside with a beautiful garden. To purchase your ticket you will go thru the outside gate and down the steps to the side of the house. There are nice restrooms inside with a little gift shop selling Delaware items and Read House items. The guide... More

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New York, New York, United States
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213 reviews 213 reviews
105 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

George Read house is a definite must see and plan approx 1 hr for the tour, 20 minutes in the gift shoppe and allot at least 30 minutes to explore and enjoy the gardens. Docents are pretty knowledgeable and accommodating. Photos are not permitted in the house but allowed in the Gardens and all exterior shots of the house. Read... More

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Milford, Delaware
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165 reviews 165 reviews
74 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

A well maintained piece of history and a must stop if touring Old New Castle. Imagine the warmth from the fireplace. Imagine cooking in it. You get a true feel of life when this country was born

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Easton, MD
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

My wife and I enjoyed our visit to the Read House and Gardens. The house was originally built by the son of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and contains many interesting architectural features. The woodworking and trim were very interesting, as were many of the furnishings. The guide/docent was very knowledgeable and informative. We just wish she didn't... More

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