Tales and Traditions: Holidays at the Read House
Friday, November 25, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016 
Read House & Gardens, National Historic Landmark -


Holiday Tours at the Read House & Gardens


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 -
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Society Members: Free
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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, National Historic Landmark


Read House & Gardens
42 The Strand
New Castle, Delaware 19720
(302) 322-8411

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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