Events & Rentals

Events & Rentals


These Houses were Homes:
5 Generations of Black Community in Old New Castle

FEBRUARY 25 | 1-3 p.m.
$10/person, $2 EBT

Ages 12 and above welcome, maximum of 20 participants. Registration required.
Click HERE to register.

Embark on a captivating journey with Melissa Benbow as she leads us through Old New Castle, unveiling the fascinating history of Black families and neighbors from the 19th to the early 20th centuries.

From the post-Revolutionary period through World War II, generations of Black families worked and lived in Old New Castle. Join us for an immersive learning experience as we discuss this rich history and walk through Old New Castle's historic Black neighborhoods.

Melissa Benbow is a PhD Candidate at the University of Delaware specializing in nineteenth century literature and history. While interning at the Read House during the summer of 2023, she did research on the African American population of Old New Castle from 1800-1940. 


IN ADDITION TO the grandeur of the George Read II House, a National Historic Landmark, the Delaware Historical Society maintains 2.5 acres of landscape surrounding the mansion and offers them to the public as eligible rental space.

These beautiful gardens, which center on walled, artfully insinuate styles of the late nineteenth century, with winding paths, greenspace, and a variety of vegetation throughout the space, delivering an atmosphere of natural beauty and historic reflection.

Please contact RHinfo@dehistory for date inquiries. Thank you!


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