Watch the latest in the "Speaking of Delaware..." series, where we unpack the history of the Read House & Gardens. Find yourself surrounded by beauty at the George Read II House & Gardens. The house’s layered history stretches from early Lenape culture to the present, marking centuries of creativity, evolution, and preservation along the way.
Summer Intern Study, 2023
The Delaware Historical Society's Read House & Gardens and the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage are working to share the history of the African American communities who have lived in New Castle. We want to include your stories!
We are eager to collect stories about the African America people, families, and places significant to the city of New Castle between 1800 and 1950. Please share stories, memories and photographs through the link here.
August 5, 2022
The George Read II House & Gardens, a National Historic Landmark owned and operated by the Delaware Historical Society, has announced a transformative campaign to make its landscape socially, environmentally, and financially sustainable for the next generation. Planning will encompass the entire 2.5 acres of grounds surrounding the 1804 Read House, which is situated in the town’s historic core with substantial Delaware River frontage. Ultimately, the project will reconcile the gardens’ multi-layered history with Old New Castle’s legacy of beautiful design and the Society’s contemporary mission to “educate, inspire, and empower people and communities.” Read more...
March 15, 2021
The Delaware Historical Society is pleased to announce that the National Historic Landmark George Read II House has completed an innovative and historically sensitive mechanical upgrade to replace failing systems, improve energy efficiency, and ultimately preserve the historic house’s delicate interiors and collections. Read more...
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