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Rockwood Museum
Reviewed August 30, 2013

docent is very knowledgeable.
interesting house. couldn't look at the grounds because of the rain but the place is beautifully landscaped house is not handicapped accessible.

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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We purchased a "Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport" this year that gives you entrance to 11 attractions between Memorial Day and Labor Day and Rockwood Museum and Park is among them. I understand this Passport has been sold for several years and we thought it a great idea and value. (http://www.brandywinetreasures.org).

To be honest, we'd never previously heard of Rockwood, but we were on our way home from Philadelphia on a Saturday morning and decided to go to Rockwood. We'd hoped to make the 11:00 tour, but got a little twisted around, as we were looking for signs to "Rockwood Museum" and the entrace sign says Rockwood Park. There is a fairly large parking lot on lovely grounds. The mansion/museum sits atop an uphill walkway. We arrived at about 11:10 and received a very friendly greeting from a person in the gift shop whose name I failed to get. She spoke to us about our plans and the Passport and seemed happy to welcome us to Rockwood.

We were seated in a darkened room to view a short film about the home and the families who owned it. At the conclusion of the film, a voice spoke to us from behind and we turned to find a lady of a certain age, who had appeared silently and as if an apparition. She was dressed in period attire and spoke with a lovely accent that sounded southern to my ears. Even though tours are given on the hour and we arrived beyiond that time - and that we were the only two people there, Miss Ann invited us to join her on a tour of the home. She spoke with great knowledge of the families and of the mansion as only someone who has a great interest and love of the subject can. She explained with great pleasure what various items were and their use and invited our questions as we made our way through the mansion.

The mansion is quite lovely and has the feel of authenticity that comes from having actual antiques of the era in which the home was inhabited, including clothing and bed linens. That said, the real gem of our experience was Miss Ann, our tour guide. Her knowledge of and affection for the museum made everything very interesting. We found her to be utterly charming and enchanting and although I feel quite certain she doesn't always dress in that period attire, she pulls it off as if she does. I was totally entertained by her tour and loved how she'd tell us with great relish that "it's' all true - I couldn't make up anything this good".

If you go to Rockwood, I hope you have the pleasure of experiencing Miss Ann as your Tour Guide, as she alone is worth the price of admission. She and the nice lady in the gift shop made us feel very welcome and as if it gave them great pleasure to share the experience of Rockwood with us. As we departed, we were encouraged to enjoy the grounds, which were landscaped in a way far more relaxed and casual than gardens, but very appealing. You could imagine how serene and relaxing it would be to live at Rockwood in such a beautiful setting.

Also part of the Passport is Nemours and Winterthur, both awesome duPont homes and Longwood Gardens, also once part of the duPont property, among others destinations.

Thank lsb040
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

We came here without knowing exactly what to expect. We got a well-informed, very friendly tour. Not a place with great historical importance per se, but it was a very interesting look at the history of the property and the area. The house is an interesting mix of styles, quite different from different angles. Definitely a good way to spend an hour or so.

Thank jeneric717
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

On a recent trip to Wilmington, we found this museum online. We were looking for something to do on Sunday morning and the website stated that tours started at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. So off we went. The sign on the property also states tours start at 10 a.m. on Sunday, however they do NOT. They start at 12. We did see the director of the museum on the grounds and he said if he had not been busy with something he would have given us the tour himself. We did point out to him the errors, but I am not sure how soon they will be corrected. So, I am posting this in the hope that it may save someone else the disappointment that we had. We did walk through the park and around the house. It is a beautiful site. We are sorry that we did not have the opportunity to tour the house, but we had other plans for the afternoon.

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

The house is all original and very well preserved considering it's age. You can tour just about the whole house, accept the 3 floor. The conservatory was not open due to roof damage.

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