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. Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum.
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.
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