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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, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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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hamilton township, nj
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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54 reviews 54 reviews
39 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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.

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Houston, Texas
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128 reviews 128 reviews
74 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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
28 helpful votes 28 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
47 helpful votes 47 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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174 reviews 174 reviews
98 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 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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222 reviews 222 reviews
110 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 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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