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Address: 42 The Strand, New Castle, DE
Phone Number: 302-322-8411
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Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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If you have time for just one house visit, make it this one!

Built in 1801 for George Read, bankrupt lawyer & son of a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, this lovely house is designed with grand scale and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Oliver S
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 624 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Built in 1801 for George Read, bankrupt lawyer & son of a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, this lovely house is designed with grand scale and gusto. Having inherited a good deal of money from his father, also lawyer, young George proceeded to procreate (seven children) and to build a gorgeous mansion on property previously... More 

Thank Oliver S
Wilmington, Delaware
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57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

I, personally, have the bad habit of not reviewing anything that is in my hometown. But, since this was my first visit, I thought I should as it is one of the lesser known museums in the area. We have so many world renown museums and gardens here that it took Smithsonian's Free Museum Day last week to finally take... More 

Thank xiphosuran
Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Very interesting on the Read's. They were a revolutionary family. While three families lived here, the story is interesting. The guides inform you an all facets of the house. You can even see the changes in history from the 1700's to the 20th century. Definitely recommend the visit.

Thank JoetheHappyTraveler
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Great information. Tour was one on one and very detailed. Learned about the three families who lived in this house. Worth it!

Thank Jeff B
Corinth, Texas
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We were fortunate to visit in mid April when the trees were in blossom in the gardens. The colors were amazing! We didn't tour the house but you can get tickets from the Historical Society nearby.

Thank mgarg
hamilton township, nj
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

was a lovely tour of an 14,000 sq foot house from victorian era on the Del river. house tour was about 45 minutes long. $7 for adults. very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. it was worth it.

1 Thank kathughes167
Baltimore, Maryland
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86 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Read House Museum was open during New Castle's extensive weekend holiday activities. Nice house with docents to explain the history of the family and each of the 4 rooms that were open on display, decorated with periodic decorations. Only $2 per person cost.

Thank Johnny J
Houston, Texas
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227 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 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 

1 Thank swift98b
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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.

Thank ElisabethMc
New Haven, Connecticut
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15 reviews
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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

Thank Nimal V

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