Read House and Gardens
Read House and Gardens
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Kristine B
Orlando, FL276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
My mom and I were on a road trip and decided to stop in Delaware to visit the Read House. We signed up for the guided tour, which was wonderfully informative and took us through the downstairs of the house and through the town. Definitely worth the stop and would love to come back and stay a couple days in the town.
Written July 20, 2021
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jlmDelaware
delaware7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Think of Williamsburg, except that it's in a real town halfway between NYC and DC, just off I95 below Philadelphia. The Read House offers quality tours of this historic house and specialty events like open-hearth cooking classes. Together with the local churches and other museums and nice local restaurants, visiting the Read House and New Castle makes a great outing.
Written August 2, 2009
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5265wanda
Jarrettsville, MD876 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
My husband and I toured the Read House Gardens. The tour was about one hour. We learned a lot of interesting information about the Read Family. The Read House Gardens was beautifully built and is an America treasure. The house was designed for George Read II, son of the signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The Read House’s has 22 rooms and is located in the quaint town of New Castle Delaware. The only down side it is not handicap friendly I think because of the stairs. Contact them directly to double check before you visit. A wonderful piece of history.
Written September 26, 2019
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ARodriguezP
Miami, FL1,584 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
This was the house of the son of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. It's worth at least a look from the outside if you're pressed for time. We saw it on a short walk around town,a walk I'm glad we did because there is much beautiful architecture to be appreciated,homes, churches and public buildings from the nation's early years can be seen in what I consider a hidden gem, New Castle,Delaware. It's a place where I could feel the history not just see it.
Written June 11, 2019
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Joy J
Limon, CO45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
Okay, the George Read who signed the Declaration of Independence was the son of the builder of this particular house. This is a wonderful house and piece of Delaware history. Very friendly staff and a very knowledgeable guide.
Written November 15, 2018
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Vcals
Holbrook, NY758 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Solo
Lynn, the tour guide, was very informative and professional. The house is very interesting where the son of the founding father lived and was passed down to different owners. Try to visit while in New Castle.
Written September 2, 2018
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carrabinieri
Media, PA186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
My wife and I toured this home. We were fortunate to have our guide all to ourselves. She was very knowledgeable and personable. History was fascinating. Home is superbly designed and appointed. Wood workers will really enjoy this home. There is a fee to tour the house...worth it. The gardens are off several types and exquisite.
Written July 8, 2018
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Kate Illinois1
Illinois4,722 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Knowledgable guides and beautiful preservation of american history. George Reed and the Lairds resided here. My favorite room is the dinning room.
Written June 17, 2018
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Robert V
Phoenix, MD52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016
Step back in time to a mansion built by the son of one of Delaware's signers of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Alongside the Delaware River, this mansion for a long while was the tallest structure in the town and was the place for extravagant parties even after the mansion left the stewardship of the Read family. Our tour was about 45 minutes and capably guided by Katie who knew just about everything there is to know about the 3 families that lived there and the various renovations over the years. Our tour had 11 folks with some elderly with canes but they handled the tour of the upper floors well. There are places to sit along the way if anyone is tired. And, most remarkably, this year they are allowing interior photography which was great because I took a number of pictures of the extraordinary woodworking details by the original craftsmen that remain.
Written November 2, 2016
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Patricia L
Palo Alto, CA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Friends
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 at Christmas time so the garden was bare but the interior of the house was decorated in the manner of two time periods, one of the 1800's and one of the early 1900's. Lovely visit!
Written December 19, 2015
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  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wed - Fri 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM



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