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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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Jewel of an historic house

New Castle is an often overlooked little town that has several historic gems to visit. The Read house in one of them and a fabulous one at that. We had an absolutely wonderful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2015
Patricia L
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

New Castle is an often overlooked little town that has several historic gems to visit. The Read house in one of them and a fabulous one at that. We had an absolutely wonderful docent who is an historian on the side and the knowledge that she imparted concerning the house and the associated times was so interesting. My group visited... More 

Thank Patricia L
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

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 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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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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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 via mobile

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

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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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

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