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Read House & Gardens welcomes visitors inside the house by guided tour Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 and 1:30.

Advanced reservations are required for groups with 8 or more persons.

Featured this fall...


See the Read House in a different light with our brand-new interior tour experience. You'll discover complex layers of history hidden in the architecture and furnishings of this stunning National Historic Landmark—history that continues to inspire and challenge us as it has for generations.

From its beginnings in 1797 to its appearances in 20th-century books and magazines to its conversion into a museum in 1976, the Read House has long been a part of national conversations about design and historic preservation. As tours pass from one light-filled room to the next, each space offers a fresh chance to reflect on how people before us have seen themselves and their communities.

The New Tour is an invitation to bring your own wisdom, interests, and sensibilities to the Read House & Gardens. Help us understand what this old house can mean to our own community in the present, and how we can imagine its future together!

Advanced reservations are required for groups of 8 or more persons. Read House & Gardens is available by group reservation 7 days a week, subject to availability. For more information, or to request a reservation please visit:


Adults (over 18): $8

Members: FREE

Seniors (65+): $7

Active Military: $7

ACCESS Cardholders: $2

Children/Students/Teachers: FREE


A modern holiday tradition continues with brand-new installations by 10 artists from across the country—all here in one of America's quaintest historic towns. Why not grab friends or family and make it an evening with festive drinks, local food, firepits, and music?

Explore illuminated holiday displays by artists from New Castle, Wilmington, Philadelphia, San Diego, Hollywood, and Sarasota, then grab a hot drink and follow the winding garden paths to your own fireside table on the grounds of a National Historic Landmark.


The gardens are open daily from dawn until dusk, year-round. Enjoy them at your own pace, free of charge.

Note: We're in the planning phase of a garden renovation campaign! If your visit inspires ideas about what the future of the Read House gardens might look like, we'd love to hear them! Drop us a note at [email protected].

front hall interior facing the front door and a doorway to another room, with a chair and side table along the wal
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