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Address: 42 The Strand, New Castle, DE 19720-4826
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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This stately house overlooking the Delaware River is impressive in both size and style. The gardens also stately, are a must see.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 13, 2016
New Jersey, USA
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New Castle, Delaware
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

I recently returned to the Read House for a tour and came away appreciating more about the families that lived there.The house also has beautiful views of the Delaware river and surrounding homes.The gardens are splendid too.It's all part of a nice visit to Old New Castle.

Thank Tom L
New Jersey, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

This stately house overlooking the Delaware River is impressive in both size and style. The gardens also stately, are a must see.

Thank TwoT0Travel
Swedesboro, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Although a short visit (about 1 1/2 hours), this was a very informative tour. The location where this house is situated adds to its unique history. The tour guides are excellent, they clearly love what they do! They have many interesting historic artifacts that are unique. The gardens are very nice and add to the brute of the property. The... More 

Thank tandhgoraj
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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