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Read House and Gardens

42 The Strand, New Castle, DE
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Ranked #3 of 19 attractions in New Castle
Type: Historic Sites
Most recent review
- May 27, 2014
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New Haven, Connecticut
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Wilmington, Delaware
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105 reviews 105 reviews
42 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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154 reviews 154 reviews
85 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 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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187 reviews 187 reviews
92 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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162 reviews 162 reviews
74 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012 via mobile

Very pleasant grounds and gardens, especially if the weather is nice. Worth a visit

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Hockessin, Delaware
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

Liked the gardens and the house very much. Nice gift shop and staff. Would love to go back.

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