Read House and Gardens

42 The Strand
New Castle, DE 19720- Map It
Phone: (302) 322-8411

AAA Editor Notes

Read House and Gardens, 42 The Strand, was built in 1801-03 by the son of George Read, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. A fine example of Federal architecture, the 22-room mansion is furnished in period and features carved woodwork, relief plasterwork and gilded fanlights. Tours highlight the lifestyles of three resident families. A 1.5-acre formal Victorian garden graces the grounds. Guided tours are available.
Gardens free. House tours $7; $6 (students ages 13-21, ages 65+ and military with ID); $4 (ages 6-12).
Hours: Wed.-Fri. and Sun. 11-4, Sat. 10-4, Apr.-Dec.; by appointment rest of year. The house is open only by guided 35- to 45-minute tours; departure times vary. Last tour departs at 3:30. Closed major holidays. Allow 30 minutes minimum.