- Tales and Traditions: Holidays at the Read House
- Friday, November 25, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016
- Read House & Gardens, National Historic Landmark -
PLEASE NOTE: CLOSED, FOR REFERENCE ONLY.
It’s Christmas at the Read House! Come step back in time and learn about some of the ways the Read and Laird families celebrated the holidays, from Christmas to New Years to Twelfth Night. Participate in hands-on activities, listen to music, and explore this Federal style home as it would have been decorated for the holiday season in the early 19th and early 20th centuries.
Wednesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed major holidays - click here to view Society programs, special events, and exhibition listing.
Society Members: Free - click here for to Join the Society!
Adults (over 18) - $7.00
Senior Citizens (over 65) / Military / Student (with I.D.) - $6.00
Youth - $5.00 (under 10 years of age) - FREE
Groups tours: please call (302) 295-3284 regular tours please call (302) 322-8411
Please note: the Read House & Gardens will be closed Christmas Day.
Read House & Gardens
42 The Strand
New Castle, Delaware 19720
On the New Castle riverfront, in the heart of the old city, the twenty-two room, 14,000-square-foot National Historic Landmark Read House dominates the streetscape with a monumental simplicity and distinctive Philadelphia architectural style. Designed for George Read II, son of a Delaware signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the house combined innovative Federal period design and advanced technological systems to create comfort and refinement.
Outside formal gardens installed in 1848 provided enjoyment for the late nineteenth and early twentieth century residents and continue to delight visitors today. Beneath the soil the layered history of Delaware's earliest inhabitants and settlers survives. Their story unfolds through ongoing archaeology on the property.
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